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Caption for Tilford, The Barley Mow 1923: Behind the Barley Mow pub in the centre of the picture, the northern and southern branches of the River Wey unite. Just beyond is the famous Tilford Oak, measured by William Cobbett in 1822 and found to be more than thirty feet in girth. Although he described it as the finest tree he had ever seen, 101 years later it is clearly beyond its prime. The cottage next door was, for the last forty years of his life, the home of the renowned cricketer William 'Silver Billy' Beldham, whose exploits made him the greatest player of the Regency and Georgian periods. He died here in 1862 at the age of ninety-six.

Memories of Tilford

I spent some happy times whilst a boarder at Sheephatch Camp School, Tilford. I was staying there in the very bad winter of 1947 when we were snowed in for several weeks. Had long walks in the snow to Crooksbury Hill, Frensham Ponds and the surrounding countryside. We were all non-the-worse for our (...Read full memory)

In 1920 the Hawkins family came to Canada. My grandfather was Edward Hawkins, known in the family as Ted. He had been the head gardener at the Whitmead estate. He and my grandmother Clarissa, had 5 children. Robert Montague, who served as signaler in the great war in Salonika, Helen (also known as Nellie) (...Read full memory)

Both as a child and with my own children a lovely place to paddle and have lunch

My mother and father taught at Sheephatch from 1947 to 1956. The figure on the right hand side of this photograph with her back to the camera looks distinctly like my mother, Elizabeth Davies. Could it be her?

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