A Timeline for Headley

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Note: In historical references, it is sometimes difficult to decide whether 'Headley' refers to the manor, the hundred, the benefice (or rectory, or advowson), the village or the parish (either civil or ecclesiastical) – it's worth bearing this in mind when pursuing your own research, as each has a different significance. In addition, bear in mind that there are two other villages called Headley within 20 to 30 miles of ours – so check you're looking for the right one!

Caedwalla, King of the South Saxons, made a grant of 60 hides of land for the foundation of a church at Farnham, two hides of which were in Churt. It was from this grant that the great manor of Farnham, held by the bishopric of Winchester, evolved [Philip Brooks]
Barford (Bereford) recorded in a charter [Philip Brooks]
pre 1066
Passed into the possession of Eustace, Count of Boulogne [Ref: Tudor Jones]
Entry in Domesday Book
at this time Headley 'was entered under Neatham hundred, but was said to be reckoned as part of Esselei (later called Bishop's Sutton) hundred' (see 1245) – it was included in Bishop's Sutton hundred in 1831 [Victoria County History of Hampshire]
Waverley Abbey founded – the first Cistercian abbey in England – rebuilt in 1278
Wishanger manor was held in 1167 by Gerard. The overlord seems to have been the bishop of Winchester, for Richard of Ilchester, bishop of Winchester, granted to the abbey of St. Mary of Waverley 1 hide of his land of Wishanger, which lay towards the forest, and the land of the monks themselves, which was called Dochenfield. This grant was subsequently confirmed by Richard, John, Stephen, Edward II, and Edward III [Victoria County History of Hampshire]
King John rules, until 1216
Bounds of Woolmer Forest during the reign of King John: "The first 'bound' begins at HONGESWERE, then from there to HOGGESMERE, from there as far as ROWLEDGE, from there as far as BEALESWOOD, from there to COPE HATCH, from there upstream along the Wey from HUNTINGFORD as far as FRENSHAM ?GREAT POND, and so through the pond as far as BARFORD. From there, via WHITMORE [BOTTOM?] as far as the WOOLPIT, from there to the gate of Grayshott, thence as far as HORAPPLEDORE [??!] to POPHOLE MILL, along the Wey downstream as far as CHILTLEY, from there following the boundary between Hampshire and Sussex as far as HUNTERSTONE, from there to ALBEMERE and on to HEPENMERE, and from there ?all along? The highway as far as LANGLEY. From there to LOSIHOKE, from there to SHEET BRIDGE, from there to STEEP CHURCH, from there to STONER BEECH, from there to BIDDLENEED BEECH and on as far as LONESBURG [Langrish?]. From there as far as RAMSDEAN, from there to TISTED and so by the highway through FARINGDON, CHAWTON and ALTON vils, and all along the highway [the A31 or "Pilgrims Way"] from vil to vil – as far as the FORKS OF WELEYE. Finally from there to HONIGGESWERE, the first bound." [From Register of John de Pontissara, Bishop of Winchester] ie all Headley parish was included in Woolmer Forest at this time – Henry II, Richard and John had all added [illegally] to the Forest, and most of their additions were removed from the Forest after the Forest Charter of 1217
Frensham Great Pond was constructed for the Bishop of Winchester as one of several fish ponds in his diocese, probably around AD 1200, by damming a stream forming the border between Surrey and Hampshire. Its curved course still marked the county boundary through the pond until the boundary changes of 1991 put the whole pond in Surrey.
Date of the earliest court-roll for Bishop's Sutton hundred [Victoria County History of Hampshire]
The court-rolls [Winchester Pipe Rolls] show that the bishops of Winchester were lords of the hundred from 1207 onwards
First entry in Winchester Pipe Rolls relating to Headley (these records carry on until the Commonwealth period): 2/- Hugh de Putum, for land – Philip Brooks notes that 'this name (or in the earliest rolls, where he probably lived) comes from the place now known by the name of Pitt Cottage, Headley' [probably near the present church gate—JOS] – other names mentioned: William Palmer, Henry Covenant, Hugh Sewarde, and mention of Roger the Fuller – Note that only the first occurrence of each 'surname' found in the Headley entries of the Pipe Rolls is given from here on in the timeline…
Alwyn & Herbert of Billeford [Bilford] having land of Selide in Pipe Roll
Manor of Stanford [Standford] mentioned in Pipe Roll
Farnham occupied by the forces of the Dauphin of France; Churt mentioned in Pipe Roll
Osbert de la frithe, John of the long ford, Gilbert Bedell, Herbert the smith, Roger of Graveset [Grayshott], William Cuvernat mentioned in Pipe Roll
Nov: 'Charter of the Forest' by Henry III established that all freemen owning land within the forest enjoyed the rights of agistment and pannage
Alice of Linstede [Linstead], William de Graves, Henry de felde [Field House] in Pipe Roll
'Matilda' paid a fine of 26/8 for a mill in Pipe Roll – assumed to be Headley corn mill [Philip Brooks]
Robert de vac (cowherd), Hugh de Puteo, G de caritarum, huntsmen, Robert de Durdon in Pipe Roll
John Bele, Geoffrey Modi, William tentore (cloth worker, related to fulling) in Pipe Roll
William the Dyer in Pipe Roll. There was also a 'Stretchhouse' from earliest times (related to fulling) [Philip Brooks]
Hurlebat family are tenants of Headley Mill (till 1401)
Widow Dolbowe, William atte Pathe in Pipe Roll
First mention of Headley (Hedlegh) in Pipe Roll – Headley never appeared in the Sutton accounts before the mid 13th Century, only the manor of Stanford. The reason (now known) is that it belonged to Alton Westbrook [Philip Brooks]
Sleyford [Sleaford], Playstowe [Plaster Hill], Langeford in Pipe Roll
William Crul, Robert of Berefore [Barford], Robert of Clere, Turstano the cobbler [Thurstan], Adam de Gurdon, Richard of Hurne [Herne], Peter Mody, John of the Broke [Brook] in Pipe Roll
Henry of Hyndeflode (in Standford), Richard of the Hill, John of the Sepehouse in Pipe Roll
The water mill at Standford is described in the Winchester Pipe Rolls as a fulling mill held by Henry the Tawyere (formerly by Walter de la Brok). Two hundred years later it was in the possession of a man described as a cordwainer. [Philip Brooks, The Bishops' Tenants]
Headley mentioned as Hetley in Pipe Roll
Robert atte Knowle (Headley Hill?) in Pipe Roll
The first mention of a mill at Barford appeared in the Winchester pipe rolls of 1264. Robert the miller was granted land out of the waste on the Churt side of the stream [Olivia Cotton] (see 1343)
William Eylof mentioned in Pipe Roll
There is a bridge mentioned at Lindford in a perambulation of the Forest of Wolvemere [Woolmer], Alice Holt of this date [Richard Ellis]
Hethleghe or Hertelegh
Richard Seman (of Simmonstone), Gilbert Kene, William le Chapman in Pipe Roll
Robert Horlebat (see 1240) paid 33s 4d for his father's mill and land [Headley Mill]; Richard Hatte Prese mentioned in Pipe Roll
Peter of the Orde, John le Fys [Fish], Robert Stechehose, Graveselate [Grayshott] in Pipe Roll
Richard Trochard [Trachett's] in Pipe Roll
Richard the smith, John de la Broke [Brook] in Pipe Roll
Waverley Abbey rebuilt
Roger and Joan Launcelevy granted lands in Broxhead to William son of Sampson [Victoria County History of Hampshire]
Ralph of Heddley in Pipe Roll
William de Shirebrook [Barford stream], William le Webbe, Peter Osbert, Robert de la Becke in Pipe Roll
John at the Brigg [Bridge] in Pipe Roll
John Herbelet, Selda de Grevette in Pipe Roll
Thomas Madge, Nicholas Belystrong in Pipe Roll
Thomas Kyng, Henry atte Hatch, Richard atte Hurdelod [Hurland], Robert de la Gavette (or Gavetta) and Headley spelt Hetligh in Pipe Roll
Matilda Grym, Richard le Fyz in Pipe Roll
William Hardyng in Pipe Roll
Walter le Bruce, Nicholas Papenholte in Pipe Roll
Wychangre (Wishanger), William de Ashurst, John le Machon in Pipe Roll
John atte Church de Hedlye, John Somer in Pipe Roll
Matilda ate Hurland in Pipe Roll
John de Lys (Liss), Agnes of Huntingford, Thomas Novyld, Stephen de Holeset, John le Taillour, Walter de Chapman, William Hawe, William le Brohere in Pipe Roll
John Alleyn in Pipe Roll
Hedle and Hertlegh
Greta la Newman, Robert Stretchose, William Hurn, John le Fich in Pipe Roll
Mabel widow of Brown, John atte Hulle in Pipe Roll
John Seiward in Pipe Roll
Nicholas of Ively [Eveley] enlarged his pond by 30 perches x 16 perches (see 1313), John Gilbert, Robert Asshert in Pipe Roll
Richard Browning, Walter of Wodeland, Robert le Couper de Graveschate in Pipe Roll
William of Midhurst in Pipe Roll
Isabel de Wakener in Pipe Roll (possible derivation of Wakeners Wells = Waggoners Wells)
Alexi of Eveslegh [Eveley] in Pipe Roll
Roger of Ively [Eveley] (son of Nicholas) further enlarged his pond by 16 perches x 8ft
William Bylemyn in Pipe Roll
bef. 1314
Geoffrey de Hoville rector
Walter de Brolnesbourne rector (presented by Priory of Merton) – but see 1317
Robert (surname unknown) rector
William Lucas in Pipe Roll
John Thurston, John Stiward in Pipe Roll
William Beauches, Robert Hugh in Pipe Roll
The hundred of Bishop's Sutton said to 'include the vills of Ropley, Headley, West Tisted, Bramdean, and Bighton, and the borough of Alresford' [Victoria County History of Hampshire]
The rectory of Headley was appropriated to Merton Priory subsequent to 1317, when Walter de Brokesbourne, rector of the parish, was ordained priest by Bishop Sendale of Winchester. The prior and convent presented to the vicarage until the dissolution of the priory, when the advowson passed into the hands of the bishop of Winchester [Victoria County History of Hampshire]
Robert le Grovare, John atte Orde in Pipe Roll
William atte Mour, William Stonbirde in Pipe Roll
John Stonelater, Roger Bacoun, Alkice Brette in Pipe Roll
John Gilberd, John Jacob in Pipe Roll
Roger le Baker, John Hattepath, Richard Ficks in Pipe Roll
Richard le Brun, Alice la Cruce, Richard Chercher in Pipe Roll
Nicolas le Sauter in Pipe Roll
Hugh atte Schute in Pipe Roll
Nicholas le Visck, Richard atte Hatche in Pipe Roll
William Beauches, Robert Knoller, Roger le Kember, John of Tychefelde in Pipe Rolls
John Oxenye in Pipe Roll
Richard Hyndeflod, Richard le Broce, John Patthe in Pipe Roll
William le Lavender in Pipe Roll
John le Vinetur (later Wynter), John Hattepath in Pipe Roll
Barford (corn) mill rebuilt and transferred to the west side of the stream and into the Parish of Headley [Philip Brooks]
William of Washford in Pipe Roll
The Black Death
Geoffrey Voghel in Pipe Roll – list of 14 entries for Headley in Pipe Roll (usually inheritances on death) this year compared with no more than 5 or 6 max. in previous years
Most of the rents within the whole manor of Sutton were unpaid due to the Black Death. A few tenants paid small amounts [Philip Brooks] – list of 20 entries for Headley in the Pipe Roll
William Wydenhale of Headley received the first tonsure at Farnham (along with 16 others) from the Bishop of Winchester [from the Register of Bishop Edington of Winchester]
There was a very long list of defaults of rent for the whole of the manor in this account. No place names were given so it is difficult to be certain which appertain to Headley. Only in a very few cases was a small fraction of the rent paid. [Philip Brooks]
Peter atte Stubbe in Pipe Roll
Nicholas atte Hegge in Pipe Roll
Geoffrey Donkeston in Pipe Roll
A great deal of building work in Sutton over the next 3 years [Philip Brooks] – not sure whether this applied to Headley or not
John Beanchess in Pipe Roll
John atte Forde in Pipe Roll – A large increase in the number of entries in the Pipe Roll was caused by the second severe outbreak of the Black Death – list of 9 entries for Headley in the Pipe Roll
Robert Wydenhale in Pipe Roll
Richard Elys, Richard le Hunte in Pipe Roll
John Podisone rector
John Buckingham in Pipe Roll
Thomas Drapere rector
Thomas Aumenet rector
Approx date of All Saints' tower
1395 to 1506
Broxhead Manor was in the hands of the Brocas family ('Brocas Head') – see also 1618, 1640
Broxhead Manor described as a tenement called 'Brokkesheved' in the parish of Headley [Victoria County History of Hampshire]
Fyshe/Gill family become tenants of Headley Mill (till 1817!)
c. 1414
Sir John Massey rector
Sep: 'Gentills' first mentioned in Ludshott records, as a farmhouse with 38 acres plus woodland, annual rent 1 red rose. Gentles Copse and Gentles Lane still exist [Liphook Calendar]
Thomas and William, sons of William Fyshe, each inherited a fulling mill from their father [Ref: Philip Brooks]
James Blakedon rector "enjoyed the emoluments of Headley, though living in Rome"
Robert Thornetone rector
Ludshott's manor court was told 'John Longford of Graveshut (Grayshott) cut and carried away one cart-load of wood and one of bracken from the common pasture of the Lord's tenants without permission', he was fined 3d
John Hamond rector – White's Selborne names him as one of the sequestrators of Selborne Priory in 1462 – he was also directed to assist at the installation of the new Prior there in 1468
Robert Gest rector
William Cole rector
John Macy rector
John Fyshe rector
Broxhead Manor divided equally between Anne and Edith, daughters of William Brocas [Victoria County History of Hampshire]
Henry VIII
New fulling mill built by Thomas Figge in the waste at a place called Stretchers (anciently Stretchhouse), above Headley mill pond [Ref: Philip Brooks]
John Rede and --------- Drake, Church wardens for 3 acres of land next to the close called Chalcrofte. Which close abuts the Rector's (of Headley) land on the west and the highway from Headley to Bramshott on the east, the Alton road on the north and the churchway from Headley to Stanford on the south, by surrender of John Fyshe, Rector, on this condition that the Church wardens make a new house of (blank space) trusses, for use of the Church for 'recreation', as long as the Church wardens pay 5/3d per annum [Ref: Philip Brooks' transcription of Pipe Rolls] – this date coincides with dendro-chronology dating of 'Suters' in Headey High Street.
John Unthanke rector (for over 50 years) – but see entry for 1526 – there is [was at Somerset House] a Will of 'John Unthanke, Priest of Headley,' dated 1558
John Fyshe, Rector of Headley died. Sister Katherine, wife of Richard Randolph inherited a substantial amount of land including a fulling mill, a cottage next to the cemetery and 6 acres called Vintners [Ref: Philip Brooks' transcription of Pipe Rolls]
Richard Drake paid a fine of 4d for a piece of land 'next to Drakes Bridge' for use as a mill for iron working. The Survey of Headley in 1552 notes the existence of this piece of land, but no mill is described, therefore its existence – if it was ever built – is doubtful. The most likely site was at Drake's Mead on the Headley –Dockenfield boundary [Philip Brooks]
Richard Drake granted a licence to build a mill at the head of Frensham Pond [Philip Brooks]
Record of a perambulation of the parish in Bishop's Register
Dissolution of Monastries – patronage of Headley passed to the King [Ref: Tudor Jones]
First entry in Headley church register (Register I, Nos. 1 and 2, to 1570)
Bishop Fox (of Winchester) had previously let the Manor of Bishops Sutton to Lewis Wingfield, and he let it in 1539 to Henry Norton Esq. [Ref: Notes to WHL from Florence Davidson]
Population of Headley approx 400 (60+ houses)
Jan 28: Edward VI on throne
In a perambulation of the parish taken in the reign of Edward VI (1547–1553) five mills are mentioned: one built on Frensham Pond and held by Richard Drake for a rent of 13s 4d, another lying between the highway called 'Grevat Lane' on the west and a river bank and a meadow called 'Kyttsmede' on the east, a fulling mill and a water-course held by Thomas Fygg, a mill held by Richard Gyll, and a messuage and fulling-mill abutting on Lacyes Marsh [Victoria County History of Hampshire]
There was in 1549 an obit kept in 'Hedleigh' church, supported by lands called 'Bedvelles,' then occupied by William Atmore, which yielded 36s 6d a year; 18s 2d of this sum was distributed to the poor [Victoria County History of Hampshire]
Pitfold manor held by Edmund at Legh alias Stevens, inherited from his father William atte Legh in Headley [Winchester Pipe Rolls]
Survey of the Tithinge of Hethley [see 1766] – average field size 3 acres or less [Ref: Philip Brooks]
May: Sir John Gate[s] said to be 'Lord of Headley Manor' – he was executed in Aug 1553 for supporting Lady Jane Grey [Ref: Notes to WHL by Florence Davidson]
July: Mary I on throne (brief Catholic restoration 1554 to 1558) – restored the patronage of Headley to Winchester? [in 1558 according to Tudor Jones from Florence Davidson's notes, but this may be a transcription error, since she says it was done by Queen Mary]
Heath House first mentioned in the Parish Registers, situated in the Manor of Broxhead (became Headley Park) [Ref: David Hadfield]
Feb 14: First instance of two Christian names being given to a child at baptism in Headley: William Harry Awnsell (Ansell)
Dec 12: Heath House mentioned in the Baptism Register as home of 'Hary' Heath
Nov: Elizabeth I on throne – the patronage of Headley once again passed to the Crown [Ref: Tudor Jones] (some say 1586)
Bishop's Sutton hundred restored with the other episcopal property in 1558, and continued to be held by the bishops of Winchester until 1869, when the lands of the bishop of Winchester were taken over by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners [Victoria County History of Hampshire]
Start of Bishop's Visitations to Headley
William Donell rector (according to the Clergy of the Church of England Database, ID=45542) – but see 1575 & 1586
Jan: Four members of the Hooke family and two Chitty's accused of arranging to have cloth woven (cheaply) in Bramshott, Headley and other villages, instead of at Godalming; they were evading a 1558 law made to protect quality [Liphook Calendar]
Apr 17: Inventory available of Robert Harding who lived at Plaster Hill [Ref: Philip Brooks]
The official description of the chalice is as follows: The bowl is plain, slightly tapered, and has a round stem and small banded knop. There are vertical bands with stamped moulding above and below the stem, and the foot is domed. The paten cover is domed with small foot. The height of the chalice is 7¼ inches and the weight is 8 oz 15 dwt. The diameter of the cover is 43/8 inches and the weight 3 oz 3 dwt. Marks: London Assay for 1567 (small block letter K with dot below it) and RD linked letters for Robert Danbe. [Headley 1066-1966]
Licence to build a cottage in Philipes Field, by or on the site of the house now called 'Huntingford' at Headley Wood; William Fygge licensed to let his fulling mill which was very ruinous [Ref: Philip Brooks]
Church register No.2 begins (to 1581)
to 1575
Thomas Drake, appointed rector by Queen Elizabeth (1558?) – buried 10th Nov 1575, his wife the following 27th Jan
Church register No. 2a begins (to 1619)
The registers record "The second day of March was Thomas Brownyng, collector for the hospytall of Hyghgatt at Hedley. The same day was William More, Collector of Hammersmyth Hospytall there also." These appear to be collections from house to house. [Headley 1066-1966]
William Donnell (Daniell?) 'parson of Headley' was buried 4th November 1586 [Headley 1066-1966 and Headley burial register]
William Turner for a cottage and 3 acres ppre. at Arford Water and land called Fyshemeade at Linford by surrender of Thomas Turner – first mention of Arford in the Pipe Rolls
Alice Madewyck for licence to take down and re-build the Dye House in Headley [Pipe Rolls]
to 1597
Francis Coxe, resigned as rector 1597 – his name does not occur in the Registers
William Coxe inducted as rector – a note in the register says "1597 Oct 2nd and 9th Mr William Cox read himself in"
There is a persistent legend that, in this year, Queen Elizabeth granted a charter for a fair to be held annually on Headley village green – but there seems to be no documentary evidence to support this (in 1596 she had granted a new Charter confirming a market and permitting two annual fairs in Haslemere)
James I on throne
John Fauntleroy (1588–1644) moves to Heath House (Headley Park) [Ref: Fauntleroy family records]
Church register No. 3 begins (to 1653, but some disruption of entries during Civil War)
Henry Hooke [Lord of Bramshott & Chiltley] has made 2 new pools near Wakeners Well, whence [ie. by so doing] he has flooded part of the waste of this Manor and part of the waste of his own manor [the Waggoners Wells stream was and is the boundary between Ludshott & Bramshott manors], to the loss of the Lord of this manor and his tenants [Ludshott Manor Rolls]
Muster Roll available for the 'Alton Extra Company' which included Headley (also for 1626, 1629, 1632, 1635, 1637 & 1638) – Henry Hooke esquire Captain of the Company
Charles I on throne
Extract from ancient MSS: Thomas Taylor and Richard Burrell conveyed to John Fauntleroy his title to the 12th part of Headley Estate [Ref: B Dobrovoiski]
Nov 12: Advowson of Hedleigh transferred to Queen's College (previously in the patronage of the Crown) [where does this entry come from? — it doesn't square with those of 1631/3 and 1660]
Oct 20: John Varndel of Passfield left £10 to Headley for the poor, 'the interest thereof to be distributed to them yearly, over and above the collection. Left to Mr William Cox (Rector), John Baker of Stream, William Valler of Eveley and William Mill of Barford' [Note made c.1753 on p.86 of Headley Register No. 7]
William Cox, rector, dies 14 Jan 1632 [so probably 1633 New Calendar] (according to the Clergy of the Church of England Database, ID=83990)
Averie Thompson rector [King Charles I presented him to the living in 1631, according to Tudor Jones]
Alberic Thompson rector 16 Sep 1633 to 4 Dec 1669 (according to the Clergy of the Church of England Database, ID=96227) ie. throughout the Civil War, but see 1644 & 1660
Thomas Brocas, aged thirty-nine and more, succeeded in securing the remaining twelfths of Broxhead manor. Six years later he and his son Robert sold the manor of Broxhead and a free fishery and a free warren to Edward Knight [Victoria County History of Hampshire]
Henry Earl of Holland, Baron of Kensington, Chief Justice and Justice in Eyre of all His Majesties forests, chases, parks and warrens on this side of Trent:— Whereas application hath been made unto me by John Fauntleroy of Headley in the county of Southton aforesaid gent: to grant unto him licence to remove a barn standing upon his land within the Forest, and also to enclose a small piece of his waste ground containing about 5 acres, parcel of the Manor of Broxhead allotted to him in the partition of the said Manor lately made between him and Thomas Brocas Esq. and upon the ground so enclosed to build anew the said barn and little house of about four rooms near to his house called Heath House. In regard the said Heath House by reason of the waters and springs there about standing unhealthily now for as much as it appeareth to me by certificate bearing date 14th day of January last part..... Know ye therefore that the said Earl of Holland have thought fit for the reasons aforesaid to license and authorise Moore Fauntleroy gent:, son of the said John Fauntleroy to build the barn aforesaid. [Ref: book on Alice Holt, title unknown]
Broxhead manor bought by Stephen Lee – it is probable that the right of the manor remained in possession of the Lee family for over a hundred and fifty years [Victoria County History of Hampshire]
First Civil War – began when the King raised his standard at Nottingham, 22 Aug 1642; ended with surrender of the King at Newark, 5 May 1646
Dec: Farnham Castle taken by Parliamentarians
There are no marriages entered in Headley registers between 20 Jan 1643 & 22 Oct 1646, and 1 June 1648 & Dec 1654
July: Farnham becomes a garrison town of the Parliamentarians – goods and money requisitioned from adjacent hundreds [Hall & Gretton]
Nov 1–15: Sir William Waller's autumn campaign from Farnham through Worldham to Basing and back
Dec 13: Alton taken by Parliamentarians – Col. Bolle killed in St Lawrence's church
Mar 29: Battle of Cheriton decisive in favour of Parliamentarians
Apr 17: Waller's army returns to garrison in Farnham – "heavy burden of support" fell on inhabitants [Hall & Gretton]
May 17: Waller's army leaves Farnham on campaign
Jun 29: Waller's army defeated by Royalists at Cropredy Bridge, Oxon – less than half "straggled back to Farnham"
Averie Thompson, rector of Headley, dispossessed by Cromwell's ministers
Apr: Cromwell's "New Model Army" took the field for the first time (freed from County allegiances)
Jun 14: Royalists beaten by Cromwell's "New Model Army" at Naseby
Oct 14: Basing House falls to Parliamentarians after lengthy siege – "cannon drawn from Portsmouth and Southampton, the train being assembled in Farnham" – garrison moved out of Farnham soon after [Hall & Gretton]
Second Civil War – more like a rebellion against Cromwell who assumed power in London, 7 Aug 1647
Aug 7: The King imprisoned in Hampton Court Palace
Nov 11: The King escapes from Hampton Court – travels to Isle of Wight via Farnham and Bishop's Sutton
Dec 28: The King promises church reform – this led to the Second English Civil War
King Charles' lands taken by Parliament; Manor of Bishop's Sutton bought by Sir John Evelyn
Dec 1: The King removed from Isle of Wight to mainland under escort
Dec 20:The King stays the night in Farnham (today's library building) on his way to London
Jan 30: King Charles executed
May 19: Commonwealth declared
See Headley during the Commonwealth [Headley 1066–1966]
The Headley Baptism Register from 1649 to 1652 is in a poor state and appears to have been written down from memory. Afterwards until 1662 births only are entered, instead of baptisms; and deaths instead of burials. Marriages were performed by magistrates. It is fortunate for us that even these are preserved; for, when the clergy again came into their own, they destroyed the Commonwealth registers [Laverty 1925]
Mr Nicholas Moore built a gallery in the Church "for the youths of the parish" [Headley 1066–1966]
Oliver Cromwell, Protector
Church register No. 4 (of James Fielding?) begins (to 1675)
Richard Cromwell, Protector
Restoration, Charles II on throne
Living of Headley given by Charles II to Queen’s College, Oxford
Averie Thompson reappointed by Queen’s College
Samuel Pepys records journey over Hindhead
There were 210 hearths and just over 100 households listed in Headley + Broxhead
Act of Parliament – burials to be in woollen
Alberic Thompson, rector, dies 4 Dec 1669 (according to the Clergy of the Church of England Database, ID=96227)
Dec 4: John Beeby rector – a Londoner irregularly elected Fellow in 1654 (during the Commonwealth) – died of 'a malignant fever' in Oxford on 19th Oct 1672 [Tudor Jones] but according to the Clergy of the Church of England Database, ID=7588, he died 1 Feb 1673
Feb 7: William Sympson rector – m. Mary Bayley 1675 (according to the Clergy of the Church of England Database, ID=95482, he was Curate 15 Sep 1670 to 1 Feb 1673, then Rector to 15 Sep 1691 – but vicar of Monk Sherborne until 1717)
Church register No.5 begins (to 1707, but overlaps with Registers 6 and 7)
So-called 'Compton Census' intended to discover the number of Anglican conformists, Roman Catholic recusants and Protestant dissenters in England and Wales from enquiries made in individual parishes – result for Headley: total 372, conformists 319, Papists 1, non-conformists 52 (which is relatively high at about 14% – but Bramshott was even higher at a surprising 25% non-conformists)
Stone over Rectory stable door marked ‘S. 1680 W.M.’ – assumed to stand for William & Mary Sympson
James II on throne
William III and Mary II on throne
Affirmations register No.6 begins (to 1796, affirming burials 'in woollen')
Four men were granted a permit "to travel and gather rags in and about this county [Hampshire] being employed by the Company belonging to the paper mills at Bramshott (Passfield) for the use of the said mills" – first mention of papermaking in the area? [Alan Crocker] – mill use changed from iron hammer to papermaking by Henry Streater when he bought it from John Hooke in 1684 [Ludshott Manor Court Rolls]
Ancient Customs of the bishoprick of Winchester transcribed from an Ancient Parliament Roll [see 23M50/42 in Hampshire Record Office]
Aug 17: William Rook B.D. rector – had a mathematical reputation (in Clergy of C of E Database, ID=2517) until 31 Aug 1708
Church register No.7 begins (Marr. to 1753, Bapt & Bur. to 1795 — Note overlap with Registers 5 and 6)
Start of Window Tax
May 24: · Hedleigh Church: Collected for the breef for St. Olave, Southwark 0. 5s. 2d [Headley 1066–1966]
Mar 8: Anne on throne
Apr 30: · Southton Heathly a rate made for ye poore of the parish. This amounted to £24. 1. 6. from 96 persons, the Rector (Rooke) heading the list with £2. [Headley 1066–1966]
Nov 11: · An agreement made between Mr Rooke, Rector of Hedley, and Mr Richard Knight for a seat in the chancel. [Headley 1066–1966]
Aug 1: George I on throne
Jul 3: Robert Railton rector (in Clergy of C of E Database, ID=81508) – died December the following year
Dec 24: Dr George Holme becomes rector until 1765 (in Clergy of C of E Database, ID=49432 & 76972 both wrong!)
Perambulation, but not recorded [Laverty 1925]
Quite an early reference to beating engines or Hollanders in a British paper mill (at Passfield) [Alan Crocker]
Jun 11: George II on throne
Headley Park bought by John Huggins (1655–1745) around this time – William Hogarth painted his portrait [Elizabeth Einberg]
John Huggins of Headley Park in Newgate prison (from May until November) for his part in the maladministration of the Fleet prison in London
Moses and Aaron paintings by Thornhill(?) as designs for stained glass Great West Window in Westminster Abbey possibly bought by John Huggins [this is speculative!] – now in All Saints' church
Dr Holme donates a silver Communion Flagon for Headley church – The body is tankard-shaped, engraved with the sacred monogram within rays, and has a splayed foot. It has an S-handle, and a domed cover with thumb-piece. The height is 13½ ins and the weight 50oz 12 dwt. Marks: London Assay for 1734, and EV with crescent above and amulet below for Edward Vincent. Inscription : S. Stae Trinitatis Honori, et in usum Ecclesiae de Hedley. Com. Southton. D.D.D. Georgius Holme, S.T.P. ejusdem Ecclesiae Rector AD1734
Memorandum that John Glover elder of this parish being constable of Hedley & Ropley indicated at the summer assizes 1736 the tything of Kingsley for not repairing Huntingford Bridge, the parish of Kingsley the principal part of the said Tything, taking no notice at ye next assizes of the said judicament being desirous to lay ye repairing of ye said bridge upon ye parish of Hedley. [Headley Parish Register]
Mill house built at site of Barford Lower Mill (by a man called Pimm?) [Alan Crocker]
Mar 2: 'A male infant dropt at the House near Frensham Great Pond on ye 10th of January last in the evening, was baptised by the name of William Pond.' [Bapt Reg]
John Huggins dies – we assume that his son William inherits Headley Park
Anna Maria Huggins, eldest daughter of William Huggins Esq, marries Thomas Gatehouse Esq [he was later knighted by George II]
The question of tithes [Headley rectory] was dealt with by the Court of Exchequer in 1749 [Victoria County History of Hampshire]
Oct 2: Thomas Gatehouse records lease of fishing the two ponds of Frensham for 21 years – rent £14
Jan 1: Start of Gregorian calendar (previously New Year had started on 25th March in England)
Register No.8 begins (to 1779, marriages and banns only)
Dr Holme starts his school – Foundation Deed dated 1st July 1755 – Nathaniel Bayley (Parish Clerk) appointed headmaster (see 1894)
William Hogarth paints the portrait of William Huggins of Headley Park
June 3: Dr Holme's wife, Catherine, dies aged 80 – see monument in church (Monumental Inscription No. 190)
Oct 25: George III on throne
William Huggins lived at Heath House (Headley Park) and died 3 July 1761 leaving as his heir Anna Maria Huggins, his eldest daughter. (She had married Thomas Gatehouse Junior in 1747)
Wey Navigation opened to Godalming – only 10 miles from Headley parish [Alan Crocker]
July 3: Dr Holme dies aged 90 – Burial register records: "From thence till Mich. 1766 Tho Monkhouse M.A. supplyed the curacy of Hedley" [Note: some entries may be missing from the time of Holme's death until Sewell arrives]
Oct 19: William Sewell becomes rector to 1801 – ‘an odd fellow’ – (in Clergy of C of E Database, ID=65370)
Sir Thomas Gatehouse (Headley Park) was worried because of uncertainty concerning the rents payable to the lord of the manor by the tenants. He made investigations and copied out a survey of the Tithing of Headley made in 1552. This copy has survived in the Blount Papers in the Hampshire Record Office [23M50/42]
Two paper mills shown at Barford on Rocque's map of Surrey [Alan Crocker]
Population of Headley 700 'as computed accurately in February 1771' [Note on Health in Headley dated 10 Apr 1773]
Perambulation recorded
Sir Thomas Gatehouse (Headley Park) issues an updated Rent Roll for Headley
Mar 9: Great landslip at Hawkley (as recorded by Gilbert White)
Jan: Very cold with much snow, as recorded by Gilbert White.
Apr 8: Advertisement for Headley Park, Hampshire, a modern-built house 45 miles from London, with canals, river, and cascades. Also 30 acres of fine water-meadows etc and a new farmhouse. [Reading Mercury and Oxford Gazette]
Aug 7: Letter from William Sewell to Gilbert White about Romans in Headley
One of the Barford paper mills stated as being "well adapted for making printing papers" [Alan Crocker]
Printed Register No.9 begins (Marriages to 1812 and Banns only to 1823)
Jul: Hottest month on record until 1983. Gilbert White in his 'Natural History of Selborne' says: "The summer of 1783 was an amazing and portenteous one, and full of horrible phenomena; for, besides the alarming meteors and tremendous thunder storms that affrighted and distressed the different counties of this kingdom, the peculiar haze or smoky fog that prevailed for many weeks in this island and in every part of Europe, and even beyond its limits, was a most extraordinary appearance unlike anything known within the memory of man"—he put it down to volcanic activity. Apparently it was caused by the eruption of Laki in Iceland which continued from 8th Jun 1783 to 7th February 1784
A survey of timber on Plaster Hill and Rooks Farms [Ref: Philip Brooks]
A very large fall of timber consisting of about one thousand oaks, has been cut this spring in the [Alice] Holt Forest [for building ships?] [Gilbert White]
Dec: Extraordinary frost with 'vast' snow – worst since 1739–40 [Gilbert White]
Sunday, Sept 24: Sailor murdered on Hindhead
"In the beginning of the summer 1787 the royal forests of Wolmer [Woolmer] and Holt [Alice Holt] were measured by persons sent down by government" [Gilbert White]
Publication of Gilbert White's 'Natural History of Selborne'
Population of Headley about 800
Details of individual trees felled on Plaster Hill and Rooks Farms, viz:– 116 loads of oak timber; 5 loads of ash timber; 2 loads of beech timber [Ref: Philip Brooks]
Registers No. 9a and 10a begin (to 1812, baptisms and burials only)
Headley House of Industry built at an estimated cost of £1,500 for the parishes of Headley, Bramshott and Kingsley, formed under Gilbert's Act of 1782 which allowed adjacent parishes to set up workhouses for the elderly and infirm and children. [now called Headley Grange]. See also 1870
Speed family sold Wishanger Manor to the Miller family of Froyle
Jan: Henry Smith D.D. becomes rector – largely non-resident – see Taunton assize case (not found in Clergy of C of E Database)
Census: population of Headley 858
"The Church Spire was new shingled this year and the present Weather-Cock or Vane (more properly called) was placed upon it the 13th December. The Vane is made of Copper with Iron Braces, weights 25 lbs. and is in length 5ft. 3ins. It was made at Bromley in Kent, and was the gift of the present Rector, Henry Smith; it cost six guineas without the carriage. Witness, John Fox, Curate" (but see 1836)
Mar 12: Four landowners at Headley form an 'Association for the Prosecution of Felons' and offer rewards, from £2 to £40, for information leading to conviction for burglary; arson; theft of stock, poultry or wood; breaking hedges or stealing turnips [Liphook Calendar] – Establishment of the Headley and Kingsley Association for the Prosecution of Felons and suggested rates to be paid to informers. For burglary, horse stealing and arson etc. £40; for cattle maiming £20; for poultry stealing £5; for wood, underwoods or gates £5 and for breaking hedges, stealing turnips etc £2. [Has.Mus.LD.7.7]
Alderbed dispute on the Ar stream
Nov: Turner paints picture of Hindhead showing the gibbet
Henry Pim junior died and left his property to his five sisters, including Barford Mills to Sarah Knight and Standford Mill to Mary Curtis [Alan Crocker]
Tennyson born
Jane Austen arrives in Chawton
School enlarged by subscription
Printed Registers No. 10 (bapt. to 1852), 11 (marr. to 1837) and 12 (bur. to 1889) begin
Inventor Joseph Bramah becomes ill in Alice Holt Forest while demostrating his hydraulic tree-lifting device to the Admiralty, and later dies
Battle of Waterloo
Excise numbers given to paper mills (until 1861)
Jane Austen dies in Winchester
John and Edward Leach of Lea in Witley, Surrey, are enrolled as the copyholders of Headley Mill on the understanding that they hold the estate in trust for Henry Streater Gill for his life – they sold it in 1828
Oct 2: Robert Dickinson becomes rector, until 1834? – ‘a jolly big old farmer’ who suffered from ill health
Thomas Carpenter and Charles Streeter emigrate to America [we have letters sent to Thomas from his family in Headley in 1819 & 1821/3]
Jan 29: George IV on throne
EW Blunt, gt-grandson(?) of John Huggins, sells Headley Park around this time [Elizabeth Einberg]
"Was a very bad year for bees with everyone in 1820, we have lost them all and so did most everyone" – Sarah Carpenter in a letter to her brother Thomas
Aug: "Henry Parfect have lost his life by getting into strange waters in Frensham Pond and was drownded – he was walking in the water and sliped into a trench knot nowing any thing about the pond" – he was "breakin the sabbath day"! – Sarah Carpenter in a letter to her brother Thomas
William Warren took over Bramshott Paper Mill
Valuation of the Parish of Headley compiled by Mr Cull and Mr Comely
Jun 16: Master Hunt the Blind Man died – Sarah Carpenter in a letter to her brother Thomas
Oct 22: Mr Charles Lee – the Headley Tyrant, died – Sarah Carpenter in a letter to her brother Thomas
Nov 24: William Cobbett visited the Holly Bush at Headley and ‘distainfully scorned to go over Hindhead’
Jan 17: Mr Smithers, the schoolmaster, died – Sarah Carpenter in a letter to her brother Thomas
Sept: Henry Fauntleroy (of Curtis Farm) hanged in London for forgery – John Lickfold was apprenticed to a tailor at Guildford, and during his apprenticeship he was sent to Curtis Farm, Headley, to measure Fauntleroy, the banker, who was the last man to be hanged for forgery, for a new suit. Upon his arrival there the apprentice learned that Fauntleroy had been apprehended a few hours previously – Having finished his apprenticeship, Lickfold opened up a business as a tailor at Mr. Bohanna's shop in Arford, later giving that up to open a grocery business at the shop in High Street – see 1830.
Mr. Wheeler built Infants School in opposition to Dr. Holme’s School
May: Royal Assent to Act [7 Geo 4 cap 80] for 'making and maintaining a Turnpike Road from a place called Coxbridge near Farnham in the County of Surrey to Ramshill near Petersfield in the County of Southampton' [now the A325] – see 1832
Barford Upper Mill, was said to have a new occupant Timothy Bryant, and also to be 'not in use' [Alan Crocker]
Portsmouth road – new route at Hindhead – Sailor's stone moved, returned, and duplicated
Sir James Macdonald becomes tenant of Headley Mill – see 1858
Jun 26: William IV on throne
Nov 23: Workhouse riot in Headley – see John Lickfold's eye-witness account
Nov 26: "I hereby certify that I have received into the Registry of the Lord Bishop of Winchester a Certificate that a Room on the premises of William Warren, paper maker at Bramshott in the County of Hants and Diocese of Winchester is set apart, by a Congregation of His Majesty's Protestant Subjects Dissenting from the Church of England, as and for a Place of Public Worship and Service of Almighty God. Dated at Winchester, the 26th Day of November 1830. C. Wooldridge, Deputy Registrar"
Headley included in Bishop's Sutton hundred (had previously been 'entered under Neatham hundred' but 'reckoned as part of Bishop's Sutton') – see 1841 [Victoria County History of Hampshire]
Wooden machinery replaced by Iron machinery and new millstones installed in Headley Mill
Commissioners of Woods & Forests advanced the sum of £1,000 to complete the Turnpike from Farnham to Petersfield [BPP 1850 Vol XLIX, HC Sessional Paper (696)] – see 1850
Last entry under Robert Dickinson’s name in registers
Jan 17: James Simmons, papermaker of Haslemere, "rode over to Mr Warren [at Passfield] about glue prices" [The Diaries of James Simmons]
Abraham Harding is "Master papermaker at Barford Mills" [The Diaries of James Simmons]
May 12: Church spire burnt down on Ascension Day [see report in Hampshire Telegraph]
Sep: William Tilbury killed in a brawl at the Robin Hood [The Times 12th September 1836]
Poll of Headley available
Jun 20: reign of Victoria begins
Oct 27: William Warren of Bramshott Paper Mill is recorded as the new occupant of Barford Lower Mill [The Simmons Water Mills Collection]
Oct 31: James Simmons, papermaker of Haslemere, went "to Barford to look at the Vat Knotter which Robert Puttick put up. I think it does very well" [The Diaries of James Simmons]
William Howard of Barford Paper Mills goes to work in Russia (until 1871)
Nov 15: Charles Collins had a cow shot and some barns burned on account of his being appointed head over the new police established in Frensham and adjoining parishes [Diary of James Simmons of Shottermill, 15 Nov 1839]
Jan 11: This is the first day of the penny post [The Diaries of James Simmons]
Census: population of Headley 1,265
William Wheeler, clergyman age 30, appears in census
By this time Headley moved from Bishop's Sutton hundred to Alton hundred [Victoria County History of Hampshire]
Mar 22: A mechanised paper machine working at Sickle Mill, Haslemere – the Bishop of Winchester visited it [The Diaries of James Simmons]
During the great drought, a fire began near Trottsford farm which destroyed woodland that extended from Headley to Petersfield. This great fire in Woolmer Forest was extinguished by the efforts of 1,000 persons digging trenches for three days. [Ref: B Dobrovoiski] – was Heath House destroyed in this fire? or was it in 1864? [Ref: David Hadfield]
Preparation of Tithe Map for Headley – associated Tithe Award document dated 12 Nov 1846
Perambulation, but not recorded [Laverty 1925]
April: Joseph Ballantine Dykes becomes rector
Headley Enclosure (or Inclosure) Act [see 1851, 1855 and 1859]
'It was an important day for Headley when Parliament sanctioned the inclosure of the forest land. Some idea of the extent of the waste prior to that time may be gained from the fact that although large portions in this and adjoining parishes were disafforested and brought under cultivation by the Act no less than 8,000 acres are still held by the crown as a royal forest.' [Victoria County History of Hampshire, c.1911]
Sum of £1,000 still not repaid from tolls on the Farnham to Petersfield Turnpike
Oct 13: One of the last cases of sheep-stealing for which the offender was sentenced to transportation occurred at Simmondstone, on the night of Sunday, October 13th 1850. [Frensham Then & Now]
Census: population of Headley 1,424
Dec: John Dawe of Headley "having in the judgement of the enclosure commissioners for England and Wales neglected his duties" was removed as Valuer of the Headley Enclosure Award – replaced by Edward Hewett
William Warren took took his sons George Roe and Andrew into partnership and the firm became known as Wm Warren & Sons
Rectory improved at cost of £500
"There is now living in the village of Headley, Hants, a man whose father was born in the time (though not in the reign) of James II; viz 1697. As a curious instance of space of time included in the lives of a father and son (although there is nothing wonderful in the number of years attained by either separately), I have thought it worth recording in 'N & Q'. I may add that the age of the man now living at Headley is eighty-three, and he was born when his father was seventy-two years old." [Notes & Queries, Feb 1852] Possibly Edward Shrubb, baptised 1769 son of John Shrubb baptised 1698
All Saints churchyard enlarged
Aug: Bloodhound used to catch a sheep stealer (William Shrubb) in Headley [Sussex Agricultural Express; also reported in the Hampshire Chronicle]
Crimean War
Maps made of Headley Enclosures — several rights of way to be closed off or re-routed (there seem to be two Enclosure maps, one dated 1855 and the other 1859 – this is confusing)
Inns: Holly Bush, Abraham Keeling; New Inn (Sleaford), William Ocklee; White Horse (Frensham Pond Hotel), George Marden; Robin Hood (Standford), William Sutton – other inns in the parish: Crown (Arford), Wheatsheaf (Arford), Royal Exchange (Lindford), Royal Oak (Hollywater)
Post Office Directory of Headley
Feb: Keeling murder
Sir Archibald Keppel Macdonald inherited the Headley Estate including the mill, which had been held in trust – see 1899
Jan: Portsmouth Railway opens through Haslemere and Liphook
Feb: 'New copy of the original' Headley Enclosure Award certified 24 Feb 1859 (see note 1855) – it gives plot numbers on Map A and Map B in the awards
All Saints’ Church rebuilt (except for tower) by Flockton of Sheffield – total cost £1,052-12-0d [see start of Register No.14]
New scheme drawn up for the administration of the school
Directory of Headley
Edward I'Anson bought Grayshott Park Estate and built a house called Heather Lodge
Standford Methodist church built
Census: population of Headley 1,450
Apr 3: First edition of Surrey Advertiser
Aug 20: During the great drought of 1864 an extensive fire took place in Woolmer Forest, which was only extinguished by the exertions of more than 1,000 persons employed incessantly for three days and nights digging trenches. The fire began near Trottsford and destroyed the wood which extended from Headley to Petersfield [Headley 1066-1966]; William Canning of Hollywater crippled in it [WH Laverty p.1010]
Barford Lower Mill, which had become a half-stuff mill, no longer appears in the Paper Mills Directory after 1865 [Alan Crocker]
Lord Robert Cecil, MP living at The Oaks, became Viscount Cranborne this year–later became third Marquis of Salisbury in 1868, and then prime minister both in 1885 and again during the Boer War
Post Office Directory of Headley
Jan 18: Fire at Barford Lower Mill: "The mill is quite burnt, the house was saved" [The Diaries of James Simmons]
Sep 16: The Tennysons visit Anne Gilchrist at Shottermill and go to look at the Devil's Jumps as a potential place to build a house. A month later decide to rent Grayshott Farm.
late Mar: Tennyson rented Grayshott Farm for over a year with 3 servants – Anne Gilchrist found it for him, and often walked over to there from Shottermill while preparing it for him.
Congregational chapel with 200 sittings erected on Long Cross Hill [Roll book dated 1881 says "work commenced 1864; chapel opened 28 June 1870"]
Aug: Murder of Fanny Adams at Alton [Surrey Advertiser]
Wishanger Estate was sold by the Miller family to John Rowan Phillips, including Grayshott Hall Farm, which was described as a substantially built residence of stone and slate which had recently had additions.
Churchyard enlarged by ½ acre
Nov 29: Headley Park Estate up for auction – see entry for 1871 below (see Map 37 in Archives)
The lands of the bishop of Winchester are taken over by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners [Victoria County History of Hampshire]
Jun 28: Congregational chapel on Long Cross Hill opens.
Headley Workhouse sold to a builder, Thomas Kemp junior of Blackmoor, for £420 – becomes a private house [all remaining Gilbert Unions were abolished in 1869. Headley then became part of the Alton Poor Law Union]
Census: population of Headley 1,581
Heath House (Headley Park) bought by The Hon. Sir Henry Keating from William Langrish about 28th February 1871 [Ref: David Hadfield]
School enlarged by the addition of a room [see 1872?]
Directory of Headley
Jul: Wallis Hay Laverty (WHL) becomes rector, aged 25
May 12: Cricket Club formed and played its first match on May 12
Aug: a Council for the Management of Education of Children of the Poor formed in Headley with Mr Edward I'Anson as Chairman. It decided to levy a voluntary education rate of 4d. (could not be compulsory until 1876)
North Chancel window installed
Credence Table installed
Nov: Headley Parish Magazine started (originally called the 'Monthly Illustrated Journal')
Churchyard planted with shrubs
Perambulations of the parish started again
Clothing Clubs started
School enlarged by subscription
Services started at Grayshott Schoolroom – continued for 15 years
Perambulation recorded
East window [see text Monumental Inscription No. 194] erected in memory of Mr Dykes – rector 1848–72
New scale of fees drawn up for the school
Aug 29: Baptism of Henriette Amelia Louise Flora Therese Seymour Saunders – possibly the longest name in the Registers!
Standford Paper Mill: the senior foreman was William Suter and the mill had one machine 48in wide and was powered by water. It produced brown papers, box brands, mill wrapping, middles, purple titler, royal hands and paper bags [Alan Crocker]
Dan Collins shoed a horse for Prince Arthur (Duke of Connaught) – we assume at the forge which is still there near Huntingford Bridge
South [Mr Laverty's 'Epitaphs' says North] chancel window [see text Monumental Inscription No, 195] erected in memory of Mrs Catherine I'Anson and her daughter Lavinia.
[South?] Window [see text Monumental Inscription No. 196] erected in memory of Mr John Clear.
Altar rail cushion worked by Mrs Stedman.
Rt Hon Sir Henry Keating of Headley Park retired as a Judge.
William Gamblen at age 21 becomes sub-postmaster in Headley on recommendation of Mr Laverty after previous incumbent accused of embezzlement – office moves to his father's home at Longcross Farm (see also 1881 and 1887, but see also 1932)
Oct 30: Dan Collins, blacksmith (see above) thrown from his horse on White Hill, died 3 Nov [Note in Burial register]
School library started
Chancel corona in memory of Mr Stedman[?]
First shop in Grayshott (Robinson's) at Mount Cottage, near to Heather Lodge
Alphabetical list of graves begun
Chancel added to Grayshott schoolroom
Allotments started near The Grange
Parish Magazine hand-written for the next 3 years (1878-1880)
Epitaphs in churchyard collected and printed
Sept: Authorisation to sell Infant School and to use sale receipts for enlargement of Charity School
Main schoolroom enlarged – chairs bought
Bye Laws made for the Parish of Headley by the School Attendance Committee of the Alton Poor Law Union made attendance of children aged 5 to 13 compulsory – announced in London Gazette as "approved by the Queen"
Sir Henry Keating resident at Headley Park
March: Standford paper mill said to have burnt down (re-opens 1884) [Alan Crocker]
Directory of Headley
Curtains at main door and tower arch – given by Sir Henry Keating
Dec 25: American organ substituted for harmonium – cost 65 gns
Census: population of Headley 1,628
Perambulation recorded
New cottage and shop built at Ivy Bank in Long Cross Hill to house the post office (see also 1875 & 1904)
Roll book for Congregational chapel ("Headley Family Evangelistic Station"!) shows 12 members.
Grayshott Hall Farm had become Grayshott Hall by this time – described in a sales catalogue as ... comprising a newly-erected moderate sized mansion called 'Grayshott Hall'
Reredos erected in memory of Mr J R Phillips
A branch of the G.F.S. established by Mr Laverty [Ancient Order of Foresters] (see 1985) – see more information on Foresters Friendly Societies
Stonehill bought by Mr Brake (Blake?)
The Petersfield Weekly News first published – became Hants & Sussex News in 1915 – now the Petersfield Post and Bordon Post
School enlarged by subscription
Feb: Severe gale in Haslemere and elsewhere [Surrey Advertiser]
Wishanger Manor including Grayshott Hall sold to Joseph Whitaker of Yorkshire and Palermo, for his son Alexander Ingham Whitaker – Note found: 'Grayshott Hall Estate: 1,800 acres; rental £605; price £42,500; timber £8,094; fittings £380; Total £50,974'
Headley Park house built at present site by Sir Henry Keating [or was it by Sir Robert Wright, as stated in 1895 Directory?]. The original house had been situated some distance to the south west of the present building, and may have been Heath House.
Dec 22: Professor John Tyndall and his wife spent first night in their new house – first house on Hindhead. 'Hindhead House' is still there, now converted to flats, at the rear of Tyndalls estate.
Jan 29: List of 162 children "required by Law to be present at the School" for an examination
Double manual pipe organ (by Hele of Plymouth) substituted for American organ – given partly by Mrs Vincent
Flower Show first instituted
Rectory Field arranged as cricket ground
Alexander Ingham Whitaker again largely rebuilt Grayshott Hall
Standford paper mill closes probably for the last time (but remained in the Paper Mills Directory until 1890, when it again burnt down) [Alan Crocker]
Penny Dinners introduced at Headley
Christmas Day: sunshine, 89 degrees in the sun – then Monday 27 Dec, thick snow – according to William Allingham
Jun: Telegraph office opens in Headley – George Gamblen delivers the first telegram (see 1935)
June 21: Queen's jubilee – Bonfire on Hindhead 'catches fire and burns all night' – according to William Allingham
Heating apparatus placed in church by Mr Alexander Ingham Whitaker (of Grayshott Hall)
Jul: 'On Tuesday the residents of Headley celebrated Her Majesty's Jubilee by holding a very successful festival in the Rectory grounds. On the same occasion the Foresters, Court Forget-me-Not, held their fifth anniversary at the same place'
Church decorated and lamps, etc renewed, partly through Madame Patey’s concert
Altar cloth worked and presented by Madame Patey
Altar vases given by Mrs Vincent
Pulpit erected in memory of Mrs J R Phillips
Lectern presented by Mrs Laverty’s four sisters, all married in Headley church
Date on doorway of Grayshott Hall, with motto ‘Pax Intrantibus’ as you enter, and ‘Salus Exeuntibus’ as you leave.
4th classroom added to school
Edward I'Anson Snr dies – funeral at All Saints, Headley
'Belmont' built
Sep: Sir Henry Keating of Headley Park dies
Sailor's stone renovated and moved to new roadside at Hindhead
Flowers on graves at Whitsuntide begins
School redecorated by Mr A Ingham Whitaker
Plan made of churchyard drains
Bath chair bought for parish use
Lamp in churchyard given by Mr W Rogers
London children brought here for holidays
Mr Beck became head of boys school
Telegraph Office opened in Grayshott
Perambulation recorded
Labels with initials first placed in churchyard
Feb: Fancy Dress Ball in the Schoolroom – 'the first of the kind in Headley' [Press cutting]
Sep: Chestnut tree placed in Headley Street to mark site of stocks
Choir supplied with surplices for first time
Window erected in memory of Mr I'Anson
The Headley Institute established by Mr Beck
Census: population of Headley 1,783
Apr 8: "Fire broke out at 8 o'clock (on Sunday) at Ludshott Common, and burnt by Waggoners Wells down to Headley, destroying several hundreds of acres of furze and trees. It was nearly midnight before the fire spent itself." [Press Cutting]
Oct 6: Thurs 1.35am, Alfred Lord Tennyson dies at Aldworth, near Haslemere
Chancel screen erected in memory of Maj Gen H Woodbine Parish C.B.
Mug inscribed 'Headley 1892' (also one inscribed 'Grayshott 1891') possibly associated with Non-Conformist churches?
Bible and prayer book given by Miss M Loe
No rainfall between 4 March and 27 June [Note in baptism register]
Water tank placed in churchyard
May 22 (Bank Holiday): "All Headley went to the fete at Farnham" [Diary of Mrs Delamotte, WHL's mother-in-law]
Aug 15 (a Tuesday!): The Flower Show day. Very hot. A most wonderful success. The military tournament given by the 20th Hussars & the band of the same regiment attracted 4,000. The LAVERTYs got many prizes. [Diary of Mrs Delamotte, WHL's mother-in-law]
Altar cross and Desk presented by Mr Langdale
West window erected in memory of Vice-Admiral John Parish
Brass altar candlesticks presented by Mrs Vincent
Holme School enlarged for 259 children
Aug 13: The Bordon Camp visible from our back windows. Had a beautiful view of the sham fight on the heights of Broxhead – was disturbed by a night attack. [Diary of Mrs Delamotte, WHL's mother-in-law, referring to the view from Headley Rectory]
Nov 17: Last Vestry Meeting prior to the introduction of the Local Government Act – this Act also set up Rural District Councils: Headley was placed in Alton RDC (until 1974)
Dec 4: First Parish Meeting under the Act, held in the schoolroom, Sir Robert Wright in the chair
Dec 17: Poll for first parish council [rector Rev WH Laverty acted as Hon Clerk till 1919]
Pamphlet published by rector showing duties of parish councillors
Dec 31: First meeting of Parish Council: Members (with votes cast for them) – A. Ingham Whitaker, 120; R.S. Gardener, 115; George Bone, 110; Rev W.H. Laverty, 110; Miss C.B. I'Anson, 87; Albert J. Harding, 79; Oliver Chapman, 78; Thomas Falkner, 70; Thomas Carter, 69; C.H. Beck, 65; George Warren, 63; and Charles David, 57.
Jan 30: Letter to Alton RDC from Mr Chew of Headley calling attention to the 'road near the Bible Christian Chapel' which their surveyor was 'directed to attend to'
Jan 30: Alton RDC 'resolved that Mr Whitaker's offer of £10 for damage done by his engine and trucks to the road at Headley be accepted' [History of Alton RDC 1894-1974]
Feb 23: Severe weather
Easter: Perambulation of parish boundary
White altar cloth, Offertory bags, etc., given by the Misses H Callwell and Smith, in memory of Mrs Woodbine Parish
May 30: Dockenfield transferred from Hampshire to Surrey [J Chuter]
Sep: Infant room added to school [Rogers Directory]
Oct: Football Club starts [Rogers Directory]
Proposal for a Portsmouth, Basingstoke and Godalming Railway to run through Headley – "such a railway would be of advantage to Headley parish – to all intents and purposes it is settled that the station is to be at Curtis Farm House or near thereto" – This was intended to split the space between the Portsmouth line & the main line to Southampton. The Guilford arm of this Railway was intended to start by a triangular junction with the South Eastern line between Guildford & Shalford & to run via Godalming, Elstead, Tilford, Frensham & Selborne to a junction with the Basingstoke–Portsmouth section at about East Tisted. Its course through Headley parish would have paralleled Churt Road from Barford. It was never built.
Directory of Headley
Aug: Summer Flower Show on Rectory Field: Tournament by the Seaforth Highlanders
Sep 16: The Haslemere and Hindhead Gazette first issue came out – amalgamated in June, 1897, with The Weekly Herald of Farnham as The Haslemere and Hindhead Herald
Nov: Headley Football Club founded
Enlargement of Infant classroom at the school
Grayshott page started in parish magazine
Ashford Litter placed at the school
Directory of Headley
June 22: Diamond Jubilee celebrations
Aug: Summer Flower Show on Rectory Field: Military Tournament by the 3rd (King's Own) Hussars
Oct: Arthur Conan Doyle and family move into Undershaw at Hindhead – it had cost him just over £6,000 to build – they threw a big fancy-dress party at Christmas to celebrate, with 160 guests (including Jean Leckie who later became his second wife)
'Tents purchased'
Directory of Headley
Aug: "The fourteenth Annual Show of vegetable, flowers, and fruits will be held on Tuesday, August 9th. [in the Rectory Field] … a police constable will be told off to take charge of bicycles. In 1897 nearly 100 bicyclists availed themselves of this security" [Parish Magazine] – Royal Dublin Fusiliers display of Physical Drill & Irish Dancing to their band
Sept: Flora Thompson comes to work in Grayshott as a trained telegraphist – among her customers were Arthur Conan Doyle and George Bernard Shaw (GBS)
Sep 27: Notice : "Manor of Bishops Sutton – Notice is hereby given that a Court Baron of the Lords of this Manor will be holden for the said Manor at the Anchor Inn Ropley on Tuesday the 11th day of October 1898 at 12 o’clock when and where all Persons owing suit and service to the Lords of the said manor and all Constables, Tithingmen and other Persons concerned are required to attend"
Curtains for festivals given by Mrs John Parish
Stole for festivals presented by the choir
Jan 14: Grayshott & District Refreshment Association granted full license for the Fox & Pelican in Grayshott – the Chairman (Sir Frederick Pollock) chose the name
May 20: Steam roller in action on Headley & Grayshott roads (and Mr Vertue of Grayshott paid to 'borrow' it!)
Jul 11: First use of Building By-Laws by Alton Rural District Council were for two houses in Headley [History of Alton RDC 1894-1974]
Jul 15: Headley Park Farm up for auction (see Map 40 in Archives)
Aug: Summer Flower Show on Rectory Field: [Musical Ride & Display by 12th (Prince of Wales) Royal Lancers cancelled]
Aug 23: Fox & Pelican formally opened – Walter Crane painted the signboard and GBS donated a small library of books
Oct 17: St Luke's, Grayshott – first used for services
Parish nurse first appointed
Dec: Local press reports ‘agitation for a bridge to replace the dangerous ford’ at Headley Mill
Sir Archibald Keppel Macdonald buys the freehold of Headley Mill from the Church Commissioners – list of copyholders of the Mill therefore ends
Directory of Headley
Jan: Death reported of Justice Wright’s little son Evan Stanley (Master Jack) aged 6 – from ‘flu, quite suddenly
May: Discussions about Barford Bridge (to be ¾ in Hampshire)
Aug: Summer Flower Show on Rectory Field: Band of 1st (King's) Dragoon Guards
Tobacco, etc., sent to our soldiers in S. Africa
Commencement of Bordon Camp
Oct 8: St Luke's, Grayshott consecrated (St Luke's day)
Oct 10: It was proposed that an application be made to the Charity Commissions to convert the Allotment Ground at Beech Hill into a Recreation Ground [Headley Parish Council Minutes] – what we now know as Arford Common
Oct: Headley is troubled with a small epidemic of diphtheria
Grayshott Council elected
Sunday postal service established
Dec: Clock on church tower installed in memory of the son of Sir Robert Wright
Jan 21: Queen Victoria dies — Edward VII succeeds
Mar 23: I'Anson Cup rules issued (cricket)
Flora Thompson left Grayshott 'a few months before' the Chapman murder, and before the 1901 census
Mar 31: Numbering of the people – the 1901 censuschildren of 2 years registered as single. Each enumerator received a guinea for the first 400 people, and 3/6d per 100 thereafter. Blue paper left at every house, and on Sunday was filled up.
May: Correspondence between Mr Justice Wright and Mr Gwyn Jeffreys of Arford House about use of the Arford House Meadow spring [see beginning of 1875 Baptism register]
Jul 29: Walter Chapman (Grayshott postmaster) murdered his wife and child with a carving tool — judged insane and sent to Broadmoor
Aug: Summer Flower Show on Rectory Field: Band of Queen's Bays
Aug: Report in The Strand Magazine of artist Frank Calderon running a "School for Animal Painting" at Headley Mill Farm
Separation of Grayshott ecclesiastical parish from Headley (reported in London Gazette)
Completion of Alphabetical lists (AD1537 to date) of baptisms, marriages and burials; so arranged as to be continued
Conversion of Beech Hill allotment ground into a Recreation Ground
Sept 21: Electric tramway Haslemere to Farnham via Headley mentioned in local press
Aug: Summer Flower Show on Rectory Field: Band of Highland Light Infantry Pipers and Dancing
Sept 30: Grayshott becomes a separate civil parish, separated from Headley after some 800 years
Window erected in memory of Mr E Hubbuck
Dec: Holly Bush sold by Halls of Alton to Messrs Courage
A permanent military camp is now in the course of formation at Bordon [Kelly's Directory, 1903] – huts were moved from Longmoor along a temporary narrow-gauge railway
Directory of Headley
Aug: Summer Flower Show on Rectory Field: Military Sports & Band of Wiltshire Regiment
Aug: Mr Justice Wright of Headley Park dies – Charles McAndrew bought Headley Park shortly after from the Executors (WHL says 1906)
Nov: Post Office moved by William Gamblen from Ivy Bank to a larger newly-built shop next door (now Medway) in Long Cross Hill (see also 1881 & 1954)
Aug: Summer Flower Show on Rectory Field: Military Tournament (King's Royal) Irish Hussars
List of Guide Posts printed
Mothers’ Union started by Mrs John Parish (who for some years had conducted Mothers’ Meetings)
Altar cover, etc., for Lent given by Mrs Parish
Dec: New military railway linking Bentley & Bordon to be opened in a few days [Surrey Advertiser] – actually the London and South Western Railway had opened the link from Bentley to Bordon, and in that same year the War Office decided to continue this line on to Longmoor.
Headley Working Men’s Institute founded
Hollywater Allotments handed over to Grayshott, who sold it for £350 to buy land in Stoney Bottom
Perambulation recorded
Apr 19: It was recorded that for the future the School is to be known as the Holme School, Headley [Headley Parish Council Minutes]
Oak Gothic Trestles given by Mr W Rogers
Portals take over Bramshott (Passfield) Paper Mill to make postal order paper – they needed to expand due to a contract to supply certificates for the recently-introduced Old Age Pension [Alan Crocker]
Confrontation between the commoners of Broxhead Common West and the military authorities, led by Mr Harding [John Ellis]
Standard-gauge military railway completed between Bordon and Longmoor (extended to Liss in 1933)
Directory of Headley
Apr: Mr A Ingham Whitaker retires as Chairman of Headley Parish Council
NT acquired Ludshott Common and other local pieces – reorganised with Surrey & Hampshire sub-committees
Barford Lower Mill: Flockmaking had finished by 1908 and Hillier described the mill as one of the most savagely ruined in "Surrey" [Alan Crocker]
Headley Vestry enlarged
Mar: In case of Fire in any part of the parish where there is a supply of water, a telegram or mounted messenger may be sent to the Bordon Camp Fire Brigade, which will be pleased to attend [Parish Mag.]
Jul 8: All Saints Churchyard enlarged again, by an acre – consecrated 8 July
Headley Village Institute, containing reading and recreation rooms, erected in new building
May 6: King Edward VII dies – George V succeeds
Post office at Headley to have restricted opening hours on Bank Holidays: 8am to noon – outside those hours use Standford post office instead!
Coronation of George V – AGM of NT at Hindhead (date?) – Ingham Whitaker gives portion of Headley Common to NT
Letters and parcels are to come to Headley via Bordon instead of via Liphook
Disused gravel pits secured for the parish (the area around where the Village Hall now stands)
Flag (St George’s Cross) presented to the church by Maj Gen W V Brownlow CB, who had previously given one to the school
Alms dish given by Mrs Laverty’s four sisters
Beech Hill Social Club founded
Bordon Working Men’s Club founded
July 26: St Joseph's RC church consecrated in Grayshott
Crown Inn
'used to be called Curtis's Inn '?
Directory of Headley
'There is no longer a manor of Broxhead, the lordship having been divided a few years ago. The part on the east side of the road from Lindford to Sleaford was sold by Henry Dutton to the late judge, Sir RS Wright, and on his death in 1904 passed by purchase to Mr CW McAndrew, of Headley Park. The remainder on the west side of the road was sold to Mr Ulick Burke, lord of the manor of Woodcote, who sold it to Sir David Barbour, who in his turn sold it to the military authorities as an appendage to Bordon Camp' [Victoria County History of Hampshire, c.1911]
Chancel panelled and decorated by Miss Parker
WHL publishes his 'Paths and Properties – a provisional list' of the parish
Monument erected to Mr and Mrs Smithes
New lamps placed throughout the church
Old monuments replaced on walls of nave
Deadwater Council School built on land exchanged with the Parish Council
Deadwater allotments started
Oyler starts his school at Stag's Deane on Headley Down
Apr 26: Cenacle Convent founded in Grayshott
Summer: First sea-plane trials, on Frensham Pond by Geoffrey DeHavilland
Mar: Noted that the pond in Fuller's Bottom was overflowing, 'the level having risen again after being low for some 20 years'
Aug 1: The regular bus service from Haslemere to Hindhead and Grayshott was extended to Headley [Aldershot's Buses by Peter Holmes]
Aug 4: First World War begins
Several lists printed of soldiers, etc., serving
During the first World War, for a time, Headley Green was out of bounds to civilians, as it was requisitioned by the Army [Ted Croucher] — but see 1924
Invalided Belgian soldiers lodged in village
Gravel extracted from Kirklands for the Seven Thorns Camp – "much siftings was carted into the gravel pit [699 on OS 25" of 1869] on the NE of Headley Green. The District Council (or rather the old Highways Board) had in former years taken much gravel from No. 699, and by these siftings the floor of No. 699 was a good bit raised." [Note by Mr Laverty at end of parish register No. 18] — This is where the Village Hall was built in 1925
Frederick John Ellis buys Headley Mill
Directory of Headley
Apr: 'Mr Dieterle be warned that the agreement to cart gravel over the Headley Recreation green shall terminate at the end of four months from this date; and that his carters shall use only the road along the North side of the green' [Headley Parish Council Minutes]
Oct: A letter was read from the Automobile Association saying that the necessity for notices asking for a slow speed thro' Headley and Arford does not seem apparent as a road thro' a village carries on the face of it notice to drivers of the necessity for caution [Headley Parish Council Minutes]
Apr: Complaints were made that the names of cottages are getting into some confusion. There are 2 'The Hollies', 2 'Fir Cottages', more than one 'Rock Cottage', etc [Headley Parish Council Minutes]
Jul: It was noted that the subscriptions to the Rat & Sparrow Club will not cover the payments for tails [Headley Parish Council Minutes]
Apr: Rev WH Laverty gave up the office of Clerk to Headley Parish Council – he had been Clerk since its inception in 1894
Aug 20: Celebration of Peace in the village
Dec: Waggoners Wells acquired by The National Trust and dedicated to its founder, Sir Robert Hunter
A list printed of Sailors and Soldiers lost in the Great War, 1914–1918
Girl Guides, etc., organised
Headley Carnival Society’s Hall erected
£800 of consols bought to support Holme School
Perambulation of Grayshott parish
Memorials erected to fallen sailors and soldiers in church and churchyard (War Memorial designed by Woodbine Kendall Hinchliff, RA)
Monument to General Stokes-Roberts
Erection of Community Church at Stone Hill (became St Francis)
German gun presented to Headley by Lt Col C Bonham of Kenton House – placed first on Recreation Green, then moved at expense of Mr TG Hayward to Long Cross Hill [note at end of Burial Register]
Feb 12: Boundary between Headley and Grayshott civil parishes adjusted – the ecclesiastical boundary remains unchanged
May 18: WHL 'arranged to tread the Western Boundary' on this day (did it happen?) [Headley Parish Council Minutes]\
Oct 3: 'Stonehill Community Church' opens – became St Francis Community Church in later years – see history
Window erected in memory of Mr C A W McAndrew
A new Bath Chair secured
Women’s Institute established
Missionary Library started
Allotments begun at Lindford (3.598 acres at part 640 on the 25" ordnance survey 1910) [Headley Parish Council Minutes]
Mr Rothera builds a bridge to Kirklands over the Brae path (and was asked to take it down again) [Headley Parish Council Minutes]
Boy Scouts reorganised (but see 1927); however they are in the 1922 list of parish organisations
Oak choir stalls erected in memory of the late rector and Mrs Dykes, and their two sons
June: WHL’s golden wedding
Stone Hill Church became Anglican (St Francis, Headley Down)
Directory of Headley
Feb: Swiss Union for the protection of animals reports (in French) on PC Bundy's saving a kitten from a well in Beech Hill
March: The Post Office announces that the official name of the Telephone Call Office which has been established on Stone Hill will be 'Headley Down'. [Parish Mag.]
Dr Elizabeth Wilks and her husband, Mark, move to Headley from London — live at Openlands, Headley Down
Bordon to Longmoor military railway line relaid in heavier 75 lb rail
Mar: The running of a service of Motor Buses through the Parish has been inaugurated during the year and the Council has succeeded in inducing the Rural District Council to improve the Route and sundry dangerous corners. [Headley Parish Council Annual Report for year ended March 1924]
Sep: Seat erected round chestnut tree at the expense of Mr Hayward of Croft Cottage, Headley Fields [note at end of Burial Register] — see 1979
Papermaking ceased at Bramshott (Passfield) Mill – marked the end of papermaking in this area
Oct 31: Headley Village Hall opened, gift of Mr McAndrew of Headley Park
Mrs Belcher's Essay on Headley
Perambulation of Grayshott parish
Three 'handsome silver cups' presented to the Parish by JB Branson Esq to be presented annually to Public-Spirited Parishioners – first recipients were the Boy Scouts, Girl Guides & Flower Show. [Headley Parish Council Minutes]
WHL publishes 'Some Notes' on the Parish of Headley – these are mostly repeated in Canon Tudor Jones' later book 'Headley 1066–1966'
Wooden water-wheel replaced by an Iron one at Headley Mill
Apr: Scouting begins in Headley: 1st Headley Group formed under registration number 3393 [100 Years of Scouting in Alton, Alresford and their surrounding villages]
Aug: Lindford Working Men’s Club opened – JRB Branson gave the ground and money
Oct: Headley moved from Diocese of Winchester into the new Diocese of Guildford
Oct: Village Hall – "The heating apparatus which was installed when the Village Hall was erected two years ago has just been replaced by central heating. The work has been carried out by Messrs Tily & Brown of Farnham"' [Farnham, Haslemere & Hindhead Herald]
WHL publishes his 'Provisional List of the Rectors, etc'
Small amount of Glebe land sold to the Holly Bush (to N and E of pub) to improve bend in road – building in middle of bend pulled down [Note at end of Burial register]
May: Letter box placed on telegraph pole in High Street, replacing one recently removed owing to demolition of Courage & Co stable block for road improvement – Sunday evening: the new box is full, one having the utmost difficulty in putting letters into the box.
June 21: Headley Wood Estate up for auction (see Map 39 in Archives)
July: "The number of houses at my Spring Visitation was 855" – WHL
Dec 27: Wallis Hay Laverty dies, aged 81
Mar 9: A 'disastrous fire' raged on the commons surrounding Headley Down when several houses were seriously jeopardised – the General Officer Commanding at Bordon was thanked for sending some 200 soldiers to assist [Headley Parish Council Minutes]
Apr 1: Whitehill & Bordon parish created from parts of Headley, Selborne and Kingsley parishes. Lindford included (against the will of the 'great majority of its residents')
Sept: Michael Ridley becomes rector
Unsold portions of Headley Wood Estate up for auction – see Map 38 in Archives for details of building plots planned on Curtis Hill and Churchfields.
Directory of Headley
Feb 6: "The sun shone brightly at the wedding at All Saints' Parish Church on Saturday between Miss Patricia Margaret Elphinstone O'Brien, youngest daughter of Lt Col Sir Charles O'Brien KCMG and Lady O'Brien of Crabtree, Headley and Mr Gerald Alexander McAndrew, eldest son of Mr Charles W McAndrew JP and the late Mrs McAndrew of Headley Park, Hants" [Hampshire Telegraph]
Sep: William Gamblen has been postmaster of Headley for 50 years, having been appointed when the small post office was situated at Mr Tidey's shop in Arford [Hampshire Telegraph & Post] (but see 1875, which is 57 years previous)
Church Room given anonymously.
Headley Public Utility Society was formed and registered by Dr Elizabeth Wilks – first eight cottages built at Openfields (see 1936)
Bordon to Longmoor military railway extended to Liss
June: James Spencer Tudor Jones becomes rector
June: 19: Gerald McAndrew inherits Headley Park on the death of his father
Dec 1: Fire at Headley Rectory: "A maid noticed smoke coming through the floorboards and quickly informed the rector who called Grayshott Fire Brigade. They arrived promptly and found the first and second floor beams well alight, which at one point threatened the 200-year old building. After breaking through the floorboards the fire was eventually put out." [from 'The History of Grayshott Fire Station']
Mar: George Valentine Gamblen of Denmead, Headley, familiarly known as 'our George' has just retired from the post office after nearly 48 years as postman at Headley and Bordon – he delivered the first telegram in June 1887 when the telegraph office opened in Headley [Hampshire Post]
Mr. G.A. McAndrew of Headley Park, with his brother and sister, gave a set of six bells for the church (their father having given the Village Hall in 1925) – sadly, the weight of the new bells overloaded the bell frame and prevented a swinging action; the peal was altered to carrillion/key board operation. See also 'A description of All Saints' Church, Headley' written in this year.
Sir Charles O'Brien, who had represented the King as Governor first of the Seychelles and later of Barbados, unveiled a commemorative plaque on the Village Green [now in the Village Hall foyer] to mark that King's (George V) Silver Jubilee [actually unveiled by Dennis John Chiverton, aged 6, as it was nearest his birthday – Jane Keith]. The three beech trees (donated by Mr WT Phillips) planted at the same time did not survive.
Bordon to Longmoor military railway renamed the Longmoor Military Railway (LMR)
Directory of Headley
Jan 20: George V dies — Edward VIII succeeds, but abdicates 5th December — George VI succeeds
Dr Wilks builds further cottages 9–16 at Openfields
Grayshott Fire Brigade now to cover Headley parish
May 18: Perambulation recorded — Headley invite Bramshott Parish Council to join them in 'treading the bounds' of their parish [Liphook Calendar]
New oak seatings given to All Saints: 350 sittings in total
Second World War
July: J.R.B. Branson publishes 'Grass for All – a New Diet' (published by Branson's Publications at Headley Mill Farm)
Sep 3: Declaration of War
Oct: South Staffordshire Regiment arrives in Headley (until March 1940)
Directory of Headley
Aug 21: A heath fire at the Land of Nod spread across the Beech Hill on the opposite side of the road from HB Cotton's garage. Got under control by about 2am Tuesday morning [Herald, 24 Aug]
Sep 6: 'Quite a hectic night – bombs dropping all round – great display of 'fireworks' a long way off in a southerly direction' [Mabel Hussey's diary]
Sep 18: 'Severe gale last night resulted in a balloon (barrage) breaking away from its moorings – possibly from Southampton. Put the electric light etc out of order – tore down the wires in the next village to Bordon' [Mabel Hussey's diary]
Oct 8: '75 incendiary bombs were dropped on Grayshott Common last night' [Mabel Hussey's diary]
Nov 15: 'Enemy planes over all night – rather disturbing – no sleep for any of us' [Mabel Hussey's diary]
Nov 18: 'One foot of water in our shelters at school – unable to use them. Luckily we've had no sirens in the day-time – extreme wet weather the cause of it' [Mabel Hussey's diary]
Canadian troops begin to arrive in Headley
All Ludshott Common occupied by the Military
Youth Fellowship begun in Headley
Jan 25: Interview with Sir Harry Brittain in the Herald
Apr 12: Canadians take over responsibility from British Pioneer Corps for 'Camps being constructed from Canadian materials at Headley, Ludshott and Thursley'
May 6: Canadian camps in the area formally named: Erie, Superior, etc
May 12: 'Managers meeting at school – chief item being the over-crowding due to so many children (some evacuees). Some talk of an extra teacher on the Staff' [Mabel Hussey's diary]
May: Proposed 'to build a NAAFI canteen on the village recreation ground' [Herald, 17 May]
May 27: 'D' Section of No.1 Road Construction Company RCE at Erie Camp
Jun 1: 'What a bombshell in the papers! – clothes rationing!!! It was a great surprise to us and the secret had been well kept – everybody talking and counting in 'coupons'' [Mabel Hussey's diary]
Oct 2: Calgary Regiment arrives in Headley Down
mid Oct: Canadian Engineers finish Erie Camp
Oct 25: Automatic telephone exchange opens on Glayshers Hill (opposite Erie Camp)
Nov 19: The Calgary Regiment is issued in Headley with its first Churchill tanks – it was to use these in the abortive raid on Dieppe the following August
Dec 18: Calgary Regiment leaves Headley Down for Seaford
Apr 1: Fort Garry Horse Regiment arrives in Headley (until 5/6 Aug)
Aug 19: Dieppe raid – Calgary Regiment involved – propaganda leaflets later dropped over Headley by Germans
Feb 22: Fort Garry Horse Regiment returns to Headley (until 1 Jun)
Almost all vegetation and trees destroyed on Ludshott Common by tank training
May: British 107 Regt (Kings Own) R.A.C. waterproof their Churchill tanks in Headley – leave for Normandy on 23rd June
Jun 6: D-Day – Garrys, Sherbrookes and 1st Hussars land on Juno Beach
Jun 17: Fire at The Oaks: A plane accidentally dropped a petrol tank while flying over Headley, on the far end of the gardener's cottage, 200 yards from the main residence. Both the gardener and his wife escaped unhurt, but several men of the Civil Defence, who were staying at The Oaks received severe burns from the explosion that wrecked the cottage. Three of the men had to go to hospital while Grayshott Fire Service tried in vain to save the cottage, which eventually burned to a shell. [from 'The History of Grayshott Fire Station']
May 8: VE Day – riot in Erie Camp
June 21: Requisition of Ludshott Common by the military ended, except for Superior Camp
Sir Edward Salisbury of Kew Gardens advising on restoration of Ludshott Common
June: Superior Camp vacated by troops, but occupied by squatters – see history by Pat Nightingale
Aug 8: British No.1 Military Prison & Detention Barrack closed at Reading and reopened at Erie Camp
Wheel of Headley Park Mill broken in the severe winter weather [Nick Brown]
St Francis church extended
Jul 26: British No.1 Military Prison & Detention Barrack closed at Erie Camp
Sep 25: Crusaders School starts at Headley Park (bought by Douglas Brown from Mr MacAndrew for £7,000 – ran until July 1954) [Nick Brown, Timothy McCann]
Crestafield squatters rehoused in Erie Camp
At the village fete on Headley Playing Field, actor Paul Dupuis was guest of honour [we have printing blocks for the Programme from Langhams of both his portrait and the Plan of the Field]
April 16: Gerald McAndrew of Headley Wood (ex-Headley Park) dies, relatively young, having a heart attack during a day at the races
April 25/26: Snowstorm caused widespread damage
Oct: Whittles stores opens on Headley Down
June: Pageant of Headley performed (at Wodehouse)
Feb 6: George VI dies – Elizabeth II succeeds
Headley Theatre Club founded
Headley Mill — fire burnt top of the roof off and much had to be renewed [John Ellis]
Pageant: 'Salute to Elizabeth' performed (at Wodehouse).
Dr Elizabeth Wilks dies, aged 92
With the retirement of Ethel Carter, the post office (and presumably post box) moved from Long Cross Hill to Churchgate Stores in the High Street – the box had originally been installed in the reign of George V (see also 1904 & 2003)
May: Lych Gate dedicated [it was made in the Rectory garage - Barbara Tudor Jones]
Crusaders School closes (after July) and the Lithuanians come to Headley Park – "Lietuviu Sodyba" or "Lithuanians' Homestead"
Extensive opening of tracks on Ludshott Common following regeneration after the War
Sep 3: Leonard Rogers (of Rogers Stores) shoots himself
Superior Camp properties vacated and demolished when empty (see 1964)
Mrs Barnard sells Headley Wood Estate to Mr Myers
Jul 13: Fire on Ludshott Common: An estimated 200 acres were destroyed by 'the largest common fire in the area for years' [from 'The History of Grayshott Fire Station']
St Francis church hall built
Brockford Bridge unsafe and closed due to floods – eventually replaced, but not using original stonework, nor realigned to make crossing safer, which were both promised by HCC [David Hadfield]
Superior Camp cleared and trees planted
Fire on Ludshott Common: Over 400 of the common's 695 acres were destroyed [from 'The History of Grayshott Fire Station']
All Saints churchyard enlarged again
Col Dudgeon bought the old Roman Catholic Church and had it moved to Beech Hill Road and rebuilt as a scout hut , which was completed in 1969; it was used there until c.1977 [100 Years of Scouting in Alton, Alresford and their surrounding villages]
Common Land Registration Act – people who thought they still held common rights had to register them
Jan 15: Stephen King-Hall made Baron King-Hall, of Headley in the County of Hampshire
April: David Edward Bentley becomes rector
Jun 1: Baron King-Hall dies in Headley
Canon Tudor Jones publishes his book Headley 1066–1966
Bramshott & Liphook Preservation Society founded
Meadow Cottage, Lower Hearn: Grayshott fire crew received a letter of thanks for saving a cow which had become stuck in a very awkward position [from 'The History of Grayshott Fire Station']
Nov: First meeting of Arford WI, founded by Mary Kay and Gillian Rawcliffe
Easter Monday: Fire on Ludshott Common: A large common fire started behind Grayshott Hall and at one time threatened property in Seymour Road. About 300 acres were destroyed. [from 'The History of Grayshott Fire Station']
Fleetwood Mac (who topped the charts with Albatross in 1969) living at 'Benifold' – used Headley Grange for rehearsal space?
Led Zeppelin record 'Stairway to Heaven' in Headley Grange – other groups associated with using Headley Grange in the 1970s include: Genesis, Fleetwood Mac, Bad Company, The Pretty Things, Ozark Mountain Daredevils (1973), Ian Dury (1976), Elvis Costello (1976) and Clover (1977/8).
Jul 1: Fire at Headley Working Men's Club: The club had not been used for about a year when a fierce fire broke out and destroyed much of the single-storey wooden building. Crews from Grayshott and Liphook fought for an hour to bring the fire under control and finally put it out. Firemen dragged several gas cylinders from the building while burning bitumen fell from the roof onto them. The building's insurance had recently lapsed. The police believe that children may have started the fire. [from 'The History of Grayshott Fire Station']
May 28: Headley Cope dedicated at All Saints' by the Rector, the Rev David Bentley
June: First families move into Heatherlands
Drainage scheme in Fullers Vale – 4ft diameter pipes laid to prevent future flooding – Fullers Vale pond drained – culverting of the stream in Arford
April: Sir Harry Brittain, in his 100th year, leaves Headley
September: Erie Camp – finally disappeared when the last of the huts was demolished
Led Zeppelin record 'Physical Graffiti' in Headley Grange (and early 1974)
Confrontation on Broxhead East Common one Saturday evening – about 2 miles of landowner's fence removed in order to reinforce claim of commoners' rights [John Ellis]
Mar: Headley Down post office moves from Carlton Road to Whittles Stores
Apr 1: Alton Rural District Council replaced by East Hampshire District Council after 80 years
Nov: Derek Head becomes rector
Information collected for Hampshire Treasures publication (continued into 1976)
May 6: Fire on Woolmer Forest: "More than 500 troops were called in to help a dozen fire crews from Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex as one of the biggest forest fires in Hampshire for years raced through two square miles of woodland." [from 'The History of Grayshott Fire Station']
Jul 24: Fire at Mellow Farm: Barn well alight. Thirty bales of hay and 20 gallons of creosote destroyed by fire. Three hundred gallon tank of diesel salvaged. [from 'The History of Grayshott Fire Station']
First Headley Report published? (see 2018)
Ian Dury recording and Elvis Costello rehearsing at Headley Grange
Fire at Tonard Motors: A vulcanising machine developed a fire which rapidly spread through the rear of the building. On arrival the building was well alight. The building was full of cars so firefighters also quickly set to work salvaging the cars from the garage. Suddenly there was a most ear-shattering sound as huge panes of sheet glass crashed from the roof. The intense heat had melted the securing part of the glass roof, leaving the glass free to fall. The glass was so heavy it cut through the vehicles like guillotines. Suddenly the welfare of the firefighters was in severe jeopardy and they quickly withdrew. Every vehicle was severely damaged by the falling glass and miraculously no firefighters were injured. In addition there were many highly flammable chemicals in the garage which presented additional hazards. [from 'The History of Grayshott Fire Station']
May 12: Fire on Ludshott Common: The worst heath and woodland fire ever in Hampshire. The fire started on May 12th and the fire service were not able to leave until May 20th after eight days continuous work. In all, 600 acres were fire-damaged. Some twenty houses were severely threatened by the terrific speed at which the fire moved. At its peak sixty appliances were in operation for three days. With a shortage of water in the area, water carriers were relied upon to ferry the water. Fireman from as far afield as Portsmouth, Southampton, and Basingstoke took a turn in the attack which was complicated at one time by the start of another serious fire in the area at Blackbushe. An operations control centre was set up in the main car park adjacent to the Grayshott health farm. Local contractor EF Smith & Sons provided heavy plant to fell trees. [from 'The History of Grayshott Fire Station']
Summer: Common fires: During this year Southern England experienced the longest drought for 300 years. In April 36 fires were attended to; in May 20; in June 36; in July 55; and in August 67. [from 'The History of Grayshott Fire Station']
Summer: Fire at Land of Nod: Firefighters from Grayshott, Liphook and Bordon took just over half an hour to put out a fire caused by an electrical fault in a piggery breeding unit. Thirty piglets were burnt and died in the incident and about 160 were saved. Mr Neil Kennedy, farm manager praised the firemen for their speed: "If it hadn't been for their prompt arrival we would have lost all the piglets" [from 'The History of Grayshott Fire Station']
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee celebrations: Sun 5 June, Services of Thanksgiving; Mon 6 June, Beacon and Fireworks at playing fields; Sat 25 June, Carnival Day
Nov: Heatherlands Community Centre opens [replaced by Woodlands Hall 1992]
Feb 15: Three Parishes charity takes effect
New seat round the chestnut tree (but see 1995)
May 12/13: Fire on Ludshott Common: Firefighters from three counties fought round-the-clock to control a massive gorse fire. Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex joined in the operation. Over 600 acres of the 695-acre Ludshott Common were destroyed. More than twenty homes were within yards of disaster. One of the worst fires to hit the common for years was fanned by high winds as residents from Seymour, Furze Hill and Pond Hill (sic) Roads evacuated their homes with only an unmade-up road between them and flames often at rooftop height. At one stage the fire even threatened the main Grayshott Road, with smoke reducing visibility to a matter of feet. Firefighters successfully brought the incident under control in just over seven hours at 19:55. Relief crews remained on site overnight to control pockets of fire and keep the situation in check, with further relief crews taking over at 06:00. [from 'The History of Grayshott Fire Station']
Monumental Inscriptions survey of All Saints' churchyard by the Hampshire Genealogical Society [see also 1999]
1st Parish Appraisal published
Royal Wedding celebrations
Regular car boot sales start on the Village Green (see 2004)
Jan 29: Fire at Grayshott Pottery: At approximately 8pm the general manager was phoned by a neighbour saying one of the chimneys was on fire. On arrival it was immediately apparent that a significant fire had taken hold. Forty firefighters and multiple fire appliances responded to the blaze which took many hours to extinguish as there were complications getting any significant quantity of water onto the blaze, so much so that damping down was still taking place the following morning. Two hundred thousand pounds worth of damage occurred which included £80,000 worth of stock. One of the hazards was the large gas mains used for fuelling the kilns which were difficult to isolate because of their location in the building. In all approximately fifty percent of the building was destroyed which included the entire retail section, office and archive. [from 'The History of Grayshott Fire Station']
April 1: Lindford civil parish separated from Whitehill & Bordon (I'm told they would have liked to rejoin Headley, but were not allowed to); and a small portion of Bramshott civil parish (between Gentles Lane and Liphook Road) was transferred to Headley
May 16: Green Line coach service from Headley to London starts (didn’t seem to last long!)
St Francis brick extension dedicated.
Start of Headley Carnival
Village Hall extension completed – new room for Library
30 acres of Gentles Copse bought by the National Trust (see 1986)
Michael Powell becomes rector
The River Wey Trust founded
Headley Mill seen as a location in the BBC Sci-fi series of The Tripods – at 30secs in, for 15 seconds!
Mar: Scout hut on Beech Hill Road (which had replaced the one of 1965) burnt down; it was rebuilt by Sep 1986 [100 Years of Scouting in Alton, Alresford and their surrounding villages]
Centenary of Headley Horticultural Society
Banner of the Ancient Order of Foresters found in Church tower
Barns survey of Headley completed for SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings)
Sep 5: Inaugural meeting of The Headley Society and beginning of monthly speaker schedule
Nov: Headley post office begins to be flooded with mail from pop group a-ha's fans to their manager Terry Slater [Herald]
Nov: Roger & Lyn Butcher take over Churchgate Stores and Headley post office from the Haynes family [Herald]
March: Don and Lorri Cartridge leave the Holly Bush after running it for 20 years
Apr: Wakeford's the butchers closes
The River Running By published by John Warren to celebrate 125 years of the Standford Methodist Church
Further 35 acres of Gentles Copse bought by the National Trust after local appeal
Sale of Old Rectory – rector moves to live in Lindford (see 1992)
Closure of businesses in High Street noted in the Headley Report
Sep: New Scout hut opened (2½ years after previous one burnt down) [Herald]
Oct: Rectory Field protest — The parishioners of Headley stage a successful march through London to deliver a petition to the Archbishop of Canterbury against plans by the Diocese of Guildford to sell the 10-acre Rectory Field site for housing development [copy of Daily Telegraph report in Headley archives]
Oct 15/16: 'The Hurricane' brings down many trees in Headley and across southern England — much of the village was without electricity for several days — the pantomime auditions took place in the Village Hall by candle-light
Whitehill cemetery opened (situated in Headley parish)
Apr: Notice board dedicated to the memory of Jennifer Balderson placed outside Whittles Stores [Herald]
Apr: Exhibition of local history in the Church Centre, organised by The Headley Society [Herald]
Jun: Herald reporter Sue Meadows leaves Headley [Herald]
Jul: Annual Headley Carnival held [Herald]
Sep: Brian McClellan-Dunn takes over at the re-opened Holly Bush [Herald]
Nov: Start of Twinning Association (with Corné)
Jul: 'Record turn-out' at Annual Headley Carnival [Herald]
Aug 27: Rain to-day marked the end of the extraordinary run of settled hot, dry weather here (which began in mid-May) [Liphook Calendar]
Sep: Another exhibition of local history in the Church Centre, promoted by Sue Allden and organised by The Headley Society [Herald]
Sep: Michael Powell (Rector of All Saints') leaves Headley with 'mixed memories' [Herald]
Nov 10/11: 24-hour Comedy Marathon in the Village Hall organised by Headley Theatre Club [Herald]
Dec: Ted Bamford retires as head of the Holme School [Herald]
May 19: Treading of the Bounds of the parish, organised by The Headley Society (5 separate sections walked simultaneously)
Jul 7: Annual Headley Carnival held [Herald]
Nov: Dick Woodger becomes rector
'Observations on the ecology of Badgers at Headley' by Clive Brown — "conditions are favourable for badgers"; 20 setts recorded in 25 sq km [copy in Headley archives]
Jan: Old Holme School building closed as a school
Apr 26/27/28: Here's Headley exhibition in Village Hall, organised by The Headley Society [see 2006 & 2015]
Jul 13: Annual Headley Carnival held [Herald]
Jul 19: Library in Village Hall closes – mobile service begins
Boundary changes give Frensham Pond Hotel to Surrey
Jan: Brian McClellan-Dunn leaves the Holly Bush [Herald]
Feb: Youth Club opens in old school hut on Village Green
Feb 28: New Rectory opens – rector moves back from Lindford
Jul 18: Annual Headley Carnival held [Herald]
Oct 3: John Warren killed in car accident at Kingsley
Oct: Woodlands Hall opens on Heatherlands
Mar: Keith Brown of Symondstone was the starter at the Aintree Grand National that never was (see BBC website)
Apr: National Westminster Bank closes in Headley
May 15/16: Arts & Crafts Exhibition in Headley Village Hall organised by The Headley Society – guests of honour, artist Charles Bone and sculptor Sheila Mitchell
Sep: Parish Council office moves downstairs into old library
Oct 29/30: Community play This Bloody Crew performed in Headley (and again in 2002 and 2017) – companion book One Monday in November published in May (republished with additions in 2002) – the story of the Selborne and Headley Workhouse Riots of 1830
Apr 1: Headley Catholic Church closed
May: All Tanked Up published – the story of the Canadian Armoured regiments in Headley during WW2
Oct 29: Torchlight procession & bonfire to mark centenary of parish council
Jan 9: Civil service in All Saints to celebrate the Parish Council centenary
Jan 23: New seat under chestnut tree replaces old one destroyed by a road accident (has old names of Headley inscribed round it) – see pictures at designer Richard Farrington's site (but see 2005)
Feb 6: Badgerswood Surgery opens in old Noar building
May: Victory Day 50th anniversary celebrations
Aug: WW2 names added to the War Memorial
National Trust centenary
Exterior of All Saints' tower re-rendered and war-time observation post removed – see pictures of work-in-progress at R J Smith and Co site
Marjory Wheatley pavilion opens
Speed limits imposed through the village
May: 50th anniversary of the death of Flora Thompson – performance of Flora's Peverel as a Community Play in Headley and other local venues
Members of The Headley Society begin to record Monumental Inscriptions in All Saints' churchyard (project took until 1999)
June 20: 'Village Day' on the village green
Sep: Centenary of Flora Thompson's arrival in Grayshott in 1898 – performance of Flora's Heatherley as a Community Play in Headley and other local venues
March: Dr Michael Semple becomes rector
Monumental Inscriptions survey of All Saints' churchyard by The Headley Society completed
Ludshott Court closes
Headley's Past in Pictures published
Headley Miscellany, Vol 1 published
Mar 21: The Wheatsheaf, which had been closed and boarded up the previous week, catches fire
June 10: Millennium pageant on the Village Green
Headley Miscellany, Vol 2 published
Oct 29: Dedication in All Saints Church of the memorial plaque to George Holme, rector of Headley 1718–1765
Ludshott Court demolished for redevelopment as Abbeydore Close
Feb–May: National Trust properties and local footpaths closed due to Foot & Mouth restrictions
Mar 10: The Wheatsheaf finally demolished
Mar–May: Headley by the Wey exhibition at the Rural Life Centre, Tilford
Apr: Second Parish Appraisal report published (see 1981)
May: Twinning trip to Corné and Headley Annual Fun Run both cancelled due to the Foot & Mouth restrictions in Britain
May: Headley WI closes after 80 years
Aug: I'Anson Cup Cricket Trophy centenary
Headley Miscellany, Vol 3 published
Feb: Fuller's Vale Pond site cleared of vegetation prior to restoration (see 2003)
Mar 1: New ecclesiastical parish of Bordon created, taking from Headley that part which is in the area of Whitehill Town Council – but we still 'keep' Lindford
Mar 30: Gateway Buttery, aka Churchgate Stores, closes for business – and so does the Post Office which it contained
Jun 1: Cash dispenser opens in Forbuoys shop Headley High Street
Jun 1, 2: Headley by the Wey exhibition in Headey Village Hall
Jun 3: Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations on Headley Village Green
New Inn at Sleaford closes – redeveloped later as accommodation (New Inn Fields)
Oct 19: 'Riot' performed in Headley (previously performed as This Bloody Crew in 1993) – the dramatisation of the Workhouse Riots of 1830
Headley Miscellany, Vol 4 published
Jan 7: New stand-alone post box replaces the old George V one (see 1954) in the High Street
Jul 23: Old post box removed from the wall at Churchgate Stores for preservation (see 2005)
Sep/Oct: Fullers Vale Pond once again full of water as restoration nears completion
Headley Miscellany, Vol 5 published
No car boot sales organised on the Village Green this year, for the first time since 1981 – regular commercial 'boot' sales at Grayshott and Sleaford have taken nearly all the trade
Apr 2: Last day of trading for Tonards Garage in Crabtree Lane — the site to be developed (see June 29) — there had been a garage here since the Lickfold brothers set one up, probably in the 1920s
May 28: First day of trading for Headley Fine Foods delicatessen in High Street
May 29: Headley Junior football team plays in Corné during the twinning visit
June 29: Tonard Garage in Crabtree Lane demolished [replaced during 2005 by Rectory View]
Oct: I'Anson's Chalet on Headley Hill published – the history of Windridge in Headley Hill Road
Headley Miscellany, Vol 6 published
Jan 2: Old post box from Churchgate Stores mounted on wall inside Village Hall foyer
Mar 30: Beech Hill Garage stops selling fuel – another local example of 'use it or lose it', as they weren't selling enough to make it worth their while
Jul: Walks around Headley published
Sep 20: New name boards erected on roads entering Arford, Headley and Headley Down
Oct: Iron seat round the chestnut tree is broken again by a van hitting it [see June 2006]
Oct 12: Start of weekly short 'Walking to Health' walks from Parish Office
Mar: Churt: a Medieval Landscape published – which also includes historical information on Headley
Apr: Parish Plan published and distributed with the annual Headley Report – also the leaflet 'Exploring Headley'
May: Hosepipe ban introduced (until early 2007) due to long-term lack of rain
May 27/28/29: Here's Headley exhibition in the Village Hall, organised by the Headley Society – 50 clubs and societies represented [see 1991 , 2015 and subsequent]
Jun: Seat round the chestnut tree mended
Jul 31: Some gravestones moved to side wall in churchyard make way for third Garden of Remembrance
Jul: Hottest month nationally since records began in 1914 – water level in Fullers Vale Pond about 18 inches down
Aug 13: Torrential rain virtually fills Fullers Vale Pond, but the water level soon dropped again
Sep 30: Michaelmas Fete on the village green – first fete for many years
Oct 8: Start of monthly longer 'Walking to Health' walks from Parish Office
Nov: Church clock winding mechanism automated (by Smith of Derby)
Aug 5: Foot & Mouth at Elstead puts part of Headley Down within the protection zone
Aug 12: Death of Joyce Stevens, age 93
Sep 16: Village Fete – filmed by Meridian TV for Village Voices – screened at 7.30pm on 9th Oct 2008!
Feb: Boring starts on the A3 Hindhead Tunnel
Apr 11: Death of Joanna Jackson once of Liphook Road, Headley; John Betjeman's 'Joan Hunter Dunn' – see Wikipedia entry
Jul: Headley comes second in Hampshire Calor Village competition (and 1st in East Hampshire section)
Aug 1: Death of Pauline Baynes (Gasch) of Heath Hill, Headley; artist whose illustrations for the books of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien are 'well-loved landmarks of post-war children's literature' – see Wikipedia entry
Aug: Speed limit of 40mph extended along Grayshott Road in Headley Down to the edge of Ludshott Common
Sep 13: Village Fete
Sep: New Village Hall opens in Lindford
Oct 9: Village Voices on Meridian TV features footage shot at Headley last year
Headley Mill closes for business
Nov 14: Memorial to Joyce Stevens unveiled in the foyer of Headley Village Hall – see reports in Herald and Post
Dec 8: Pharmacy opens attached to Badgerswood Surgery
Feb: Breakthrough at the A3 Hindhead Tunnel
Feb: Holly Bush closes temporarily (bankrupcy)
Apr: Speed limit of 30mph imposed throughout Headley on the B3002 (except for a part of Fullers Vale) and along Liphook Road
Jun 17: Holly Bush reopens under new management (Mark & Sheila)
Jul 18: Final of The Headley Factor – held in the Village Hall as there was no fete this year
Aug: Headley wins Hampshire Calor Village competition
Sep: Robin Hood in Standford ceases to be a pub and becomes a restaurant (Whiteleys)
Oct 23: First Joyce Stevens Memorial Lecture – given by Paul Atterbury
Jan 6: Snow causes local schools to close for the week
Mar 8: Plaque for Headley winning the 2009 Hampshire Calor Village competition fixed to the wall of the Holly Bush
Mar 31: Country Market at Kingsley burns down
Sep 18: Village Fete
Oct 31: Dr Michael Semple leaves as rector – interregnum begins
Nov 23: On the 180th anniversary of the 1830 riot, a group of 21 makes a commemorative walk from Selborne to Headley – and found a flint arrow head on the path between Standford and Headley.
Mar: A Headley Compendium published
May: The well-used path across the Rectory field is fenced off amid protests from parishioners – see before and afterafter local pressure a 'permissive path' was allowed round the outside of the field
Jul 27: Hindhead Tunnel finally opens (southbound) – opening complete (northbound) on Jul 29.
Aug 4: Election of Parish Councillors contested for the first time in many years – four people for three vacancies.
Sep 19: Donna Mistlin inducted as Rector of Headley.
Apr 5: Hosepipe ban starts – followed by one of the wettest periods most can remember! – ban lifted in mid-July
Jun 4: Diamond Jubilee celebrations – beacon lit on All Saints' church tower
Sep 15: Village Fete, with Olympic theme
Feb: Holly Bush closed for refurbishment – opened again at beginning of March.
Feb: The Laverty notebooks finally transcribed and available on the website
Apr 23: As the result of an Ofsted Inspection in June 2012, Holme School to convert to 'Academy status' in September
June: Donna Mistlin resigns as Rector of Headley – another interregnum begins
July 5: Start of a hot summer – good weather mostly until the end of September
Very wet start to the year – the Fullers Vale pond is full once again
Jul 11/12: Headley Theatre Club performs Reflections, to commemorate the centenary of the start of WW1
Sep 13: Village Fete, with WW1 theme
Nov: Whiteleys (ex Robin Hood) at Standford closes
Nov: Headley Park Hotel closes
Nov 20: Dr Andrew Barton inducted and installed as Rector of Headley
Woodland Burial site near Headley Down in operation – called Heatherley Wood, presumably after Flora Thompson's association with the area and her book Heatherley which she wrote remembering her time in our area 1898-1900
Aug 29: Here's Headley day in the Village Hall, organised by the Headley Society, attracted over 40 stalls
Lych Gate at All Saints' renovated
Oct 3: Whittles Stores closes, and with it the Headley Down Post Office
Oct: Headley Down Communuity Association closes due to lack of funding
Nov 6: Royal Exchange at Lindford re-opens after refurbishment
Feb: A single 'speed hump' and a street light installed by the chestnut tree in the High Street
Mar: Mobile NatWest bank van starts to visit Headley Down once a week (Fridays 2-3pm outside 'One Stop')
Jun 11: Celebration of the Queen's 90th Birthday on Headley Village Green
Jun 23: In the EU Referendum, East Hampshire voted to remain in the European Union while the majority of the country voted to leave
Sep 17: Village Fete, with literature theme
Sep 27: Mobile post office van starts to visit Headley Down 3 times a week (Tues, Wed & Thurs outside 'One Stop')
Jan 13-21: Headley Theatre Club presented Bah Humbug!, a dramatisation of 'A Christmas Carol'
Mar 24: Eddey's Lane is from today a 'no through road'
May 26: Speed limit of 20mph imposed through Arford; and at about the same time a speed limit of 40mph was imposed on the whole of the B3002 road to Grayshott
Jul 14-22: Headley Theatre Club performed the play Riot! about the 1830 Workhouse Riots in Headley and Selborne (see 2002 and 1993)
Aug: Woodland between Beech Hill and Headley Hill Road bought by a group of local residents
Sep 4: Beech Hill Garage closed, due to retirement (see 2019)
Sep 16: Here's Headley day in the Village Hall, organised by Headley Village Hall Trustees, attracted over 30 stalls
Mar: Headley Parish Council agreed to accept a gift of 6.5 acres of the woodland between Beech Hill and Headley Hill Road which had been bought by local residents (see Aug 2017) – now officially named 'Headley Hill Woods'
Apr: Headley Parish Council decides not to publish the Headley Report on paper, instead providing an e-version on-line
Sep 15: Village Fete, with WW1 and 'Votes for Women' as its theme
Jan: Bordon by-pass opens
Feb 18: Bus service No.23 (Haslemere to Alton) replaces No.18 (Haslemere to Aldershot), and service reduced from hourly to 2-hourly
Mar 31: Simon and Hilary leave The Crown, and it shuts for refurbishment
May: Bus stop shelter on the village green re-shingled
May 10: Filling station and shop opens at site of Beech Hill Garage (Texaco plus a Budgens store)
Jun 9: Headley Down Nature Reserve Trust publishes 'Echoes of Erie Camp' – nature trail there officially opened
Jul 11: The Crown reopens with Adriano & Radina after refurbishment
Aug 26: Centenary of the National Trust acquiring Waggoners Wells in 1919 was celebrated with a Dramatic Walk round the ponds
Sep 14: Another Here's Headley day organised by Headley Village Hall Trustees
Oct: Defibrillator installed outside One Stop in Headley Down
Oct 31: The Crown opens its 'Austen Room'
Mar 23: Pandemic 'lock-down' begins: pubs and restaurants closed, but food shops remain open: social gatherings banned
Robin Hood demolished
Apr 12: Allowed to meet in gardens
Jun: Village Hall car park resurfaced and drainage improved, on the side next to the village Green
Jul 4: Pubs open again
Aug: NT given permission to fence Ludshott Common to allow for grazing animals to be introduced
Sep: Village Fete postponed till next year (but it didn't happen then either)
Nov 5: Another National 'lock-down' begins
Nov 20: Grayshott Hall (Spa) business closed
Dec: NT fells Cathedral Pines on Ludshott Common
Dec 7: Pubs open again – but another 'lock-down' later in the month with only Xmas Day off
Mar 29: Allowed to meet in gardens again
Apr 12: Pubs open again
Apr 20: Andrew Barton (rector) leaves
Aug: Matt & Millie new tenants at the Holly Bush
Sep 3: Funfair on the village green for two weekends
Sep: 'Montgomery' the Bear installed at the Headley Down Nature Reserve [but stolen in June 2022]
Sep 18: Another Here's Headley day, this time outside on the Village Green – see photo1see photo 2
Sep 24/25: Headley Theatre Club perform Here We Are Again, their first live show since the March 2020 pandemic 'lock-down'
Nov 12: New Christmas lights put in the oak tree by the village hall and the chestnut in the High Street
Nov 27: Annual Christmas Fair held in the Village Hall (having missed last year)
Ded 10/11: Christmas Concert held in the Village Hall (having missed last year)
Dec: Demolition begins at Whittles Stores site
Mar 11/19: Headley Theatre Club perform Sleeping Beauty, their first panto since lock-down (delayed from January due to fears of infection)
Apr: St Francis Church changes its name to Headley Down Community Church, the name it had up until the 1960s (see 1921)
Apr 7: Yann Dubreuil installed as Rector
May: Large post box moved from the site of Whittles Stores to be outside One Stop, replacing the smaller box there
Jun 1: High Hurlands closes as a Care Home
Jun 2: Queen's Platinum Jubilee – 9.45pm: Piper plays and gas-powered Beacon lit on All Saints tower
Jun 3: 'Montgomery' the Bear stolen from the Headley Down Nature Reserve
Jun 5: Queen's Platinum Jubilee – 2-7pm: BIG picnic on the Green, and exhibition of photos and village history in the Village Hall

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