'Celebrities' associated with Headley

Some more famous than others

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A-ha, Norwegian pop group their manager lived in Curtis Lane and Headley post office was their official address for a while in the 1980s (see Wikepedia entry)

Baynes (married name Gasch), Pauline, artist whose illustrations for the books of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien are well-loved landmarks of post-war children's literature lived in Rock Barn Cottage, the last house in Headley on Heath Hill, the road past Mellow Farm to Dockenfield – died 1st August 2008 aged 85 (see Times obituary)

Béringer, Oscar, pianist, composer and teacher, lived at Brontë Cottage (they called it Ferrand's Rest ) on Barley Mow Hill with his American wife Aimée, the talented writer and dramatist, and his two daughters Vera and Esmé, who became well-known actresses (in Headley c.19131935)

Bewsher, Samuel, Bursar of St. Paul's School in London Crabtree (see 1891 census)

Branson, Mrs, whose son James became a great local benefactor Branson Road in Bordon is named after him. She was also the grandmother of Richard Branson lived in Wishanger Lodge around the time of WW1

Brittain, Sir Harry, journalist, traveller, MP and founder of the Pilgrim's Club to foster British-American friendship Kirklands, Arford (193973) (see Wikepedia entry)

Cecil, Lord Robert, MP, became Viscount Cranborne in 1865 while listed as a resident here at the Oaks (now renamed Cranborne, bottom of Barley Mow Hill). He later became third Marquis of Salisbury in 1868, and then prime minister both in 1885 and again during the Boer War (see Wikepedia entry)

Cobbett, William visited Headley in Rural Rides (1822 and 1823) (see Wikepedia entry)

Dunn, Joan Hunter (from the poem 'A Subaltern's Love Song' by John Betjeman) – Joanna Jackson lived in Lynton Dene, Liphook Road until the late 1990s – died 11th April 2008 aged 92 (see Times obituary)

Fauntleroy family at Heath House (Headley Park) in 1600s

Fauntleroy, Henry last man to be hanged for forgery (Sept 1824) Curtis Farm (see Wikepedia entry)

Fitzclarence, grandson of William IV. His wife was a Churchill, first cousin to the Duke of Marlborough first Brigade Major to live at Belmont (1903)

Fleetwood Mac, pop group Benifold. Lived here 197074 before moving to America. In 1969 their recording Albatross had been a No.1 hit (see Wikepedia entry)

Frankland, Misses and their aunt, Miss Emily Grenside. They were the daughters of the scientist, Sir Edward Frankland Arford House. Miss Dorothy married Major Richard Hooper and for well over forty years they both took an active interest in the life of the village. Her sister married Mr Woodbine Hinchcliffe

Gatehouse, Sir Thomas owned Heath House (Headley Park) during the 1770s and translated the 1552 rent-roll of Headley. His wife Anna Maria (née Huggins, daughter of William, see below) was a talented singer who knew and sang with Handel

Harte, Brett, American writer Arford House (see Wikepedia entry)

Hill, Vernon Little Fontmell, Fairview Road, Headley Down. Artist and sculptor (see Wikepedia entry)

Hinchcliffe, Woodbine Pentlow. He designed the Headley War Memorial

Holme, George rector of Headley 17181765. In 1755, gave the village the school named after him.

Huggins, William Heath House (Headley Park) buried in Headley 1761. A literary gentleman who later became a well-known translator of Italian texts, and was a friend of Tobias Smollett and William Hogarth

Keating, Sir Henry, a celebrated Victorian judge Headley Park

King of Norway, lived at Stonedene during WW2

King-Hall, Stephen Hartfield House, The Hanger. Well-known journalist, political commentator and playwright (see Wikipedia entry). Was created Baron King-Hall, of Headley in the County of Hampshire (Life Peer) on 15 January 1966. He died on 1 June 1966.

Laverty, Wallis Hay rector of Headley 18721928

Led Zeppelin (and other pop groups) Headley Grange in 1970s (see Wikipedia entry)

Lewis, Bunny Janique and Bunny Lewis (see Wikipedia entry) owned Peters Barn Cottage (now Winters Barn Cottage) as a weekend home for about 20 years until the 1990s

Lulu and Maurice Gibb Hatch House Farm, Lindford in the 1970s (or so it is reported)

McAndrew, Charles Headley Park

Oland family, later became brewers in Nova Scotia Grayshott Farm (later Grayshott Hall) in 1861 census

Tennyson, Alfred Grayshott Farm (later Grayshott Hall). He and his family rented the farm in 1867 for about a year while he had Aldworth built on Blackdown near Haslemere (see Wikipedia entry)

Townshend, Pete of The Who bought Barford Lower Mill (Old Mill) 2006, moved out by 2009 (see Wikipedia entry)

Van de Velde, Madame, wife of a Belgian diplomat, and daughter of the Italian Ambassador to Berlin Arford House

Whitaker, Alexander Ingham Grayshott Hall

Wilson, George L, architect of Shanghai Hatch House Farm 1936196x

Windus, Mrs of the publishing firm Chatto and Windus (see Wikipedia entry) Arford House & Kirklands

Wright, Sir Robert Headley Park


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