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My grandmother, Rosa Hayden, nee Stonehouse, lived at the bottom of The Devil's Punchbowl and later at Forked Pond. Her husband, a Boer War and WWI survivor was gamekeeper at Forked Pond, even though he lost an arm. Early in WWII a German Bomber crashed (crew buried with military honours in Milford, I (...Read full memory)

Whilst researching my family tree I found that my Great Great Aunt Louisa Shorland and her husband Edwin Shorland were the licencees at the Red Lion, Thursley in the early 1880's

I grew up in Hindhead near Thursley in the 1960s and this story was extremely well known locally. On the walk which we did often up to Gibbet Hill above the Devil's Punch Bowl you would pass the Sailor's Stone memorial which told the story of the crime. The Sailor's Stone is still there, as is the unknown sailor's gravestone in (...Read full memory)

I lived in The Red Lion Inn, Thursley (Bridle Cottage) from the day I was born for approximately 22 years. I was born in June 1961 and I am the oldest child of four. I lived with my parents and grandparents. My grandfather, Tom Briscoe, bought the old pub in 1959 (after it had been closed down, I do not know why (...Read full memory)

Whilst going through my mother's things I came across a postcard of a gravestone 'In Memory of' then goes on to show the poem that was written which at the end says it was given by the generous public, on the back where you would put your stamp it says 'please affix halfpenny stamp'. It appears that a love (...Read full memory)

My uncle, Frank Millard, was landlord and lived there in the 40's with his wife, Linda and their adopted daughter. Frank had an artificial leg owing to a motor bike accident when he was 18 years of age and living in Ash with his parents and siblings. He was born around the turn of the century. Maybe some-one remembers him?

I've come across a set of 6 postcards that tell the tale of a young sailor who was murdered by 3 other sailors that he met up with in the, 'Red Lion' at Thursley. Apparently the other 3 sailors accompanied him up to 'the Hindhead Hills' and murdered him and dumped his body in the Punch Bowl. Is this a well known story in local folklore?