On the road linking Guildford and Dorking, this hamlet was one of the medieval centres of the local iron industry, and is named from the hammer-pond that worked a furnace here. The famous landmark clock projecting over the roadway, with its figure of Jack the Smith who strikes the bell every hour, was erected in 1899 in memory of the first Lord Farrer by his second wife Euphemia, a member of the Wedgwood family. A local witticism says that those who are present at midnight will see the figure change his grip on the hammer as the hour is struck.
I used to visit Abinger Hammer in the late 60s early 70s with my Nan and Granddad and Mum to see my Great-Auntie Mabel and Great-Uncle Jack. They lived next door (or next but one?) to the Post Office and Uncle Jack worked in the Watercress beds. I remember a boy called Peter lived at the Post Office and would leave his old comics for me to read. I wonder if anyone remembers my Aunt and Uncle, their last name was Bunce.
As children in the 60s we used to be taken by our grandparents to Abinger Hammer sometimes on Sunday afternoons. Even if we'd been playing on the green and messing about in the stream we had to look after our Sunday best in order to have tea later at Grimes' Kitchen. We had to have sandwiches first in order to be allowed afterwards to choose cakes from a two-tier stand. As I remember, there ...see more
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