News & Events

Latest Loss – Woods Tiled Shopfront
The latest loss to Grayshott’s history is the beautiful Edwardian tiled frontage of Stainton House, more commonly known as Woods the butchers. The latest proprietor, of a shop named ‘Bells and Whistles,’ has decided to cover this village signature feature in a coat of vinyl. The tiles are said to be intact beneath the vinyl but have nonetheless been removed from the everyday enjoyment of villagers and passers-by. Despite the property being within the Conservation Area it currently seems that no planning enforcement to reverse this action is possible.
The property was built in about 1897. In about 1904 it was bought by Mr Woods and altered to make a double-fronted shop by infilling with the adjacent Coxhead’s. The tiled front would have been added at this time, a typical period feature for butchers. Since 1983 the premises were used as a restaurant, still known as Woods and until recently Wings Woods. As small compensation to those who loved this place we show below a picture of the premises in their heyday.

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This is the front of Woods butcher shop. It was built in 1897, extended in 1904 and probably photographed not long after.

New Committee Member Wanted
We are looking for  new committee member to take on the role of Secretary and Press Officer. The duties are straightforward, basically to keep records of our meetings, deal with correspondence (of which there is not much) and liaise with newspapers. If you think you might be interested please get in touch through the Contact page.

Guided Walks – Spring 2018
We are starting to think about repeating our guided walks this spring. As a reminder, we have three walks – Village Trees, Shops & Houses and The Medieval Hamlet. We are thinking of the April/May timescale. If you are interested please get in touch through the Contact page. They are free to members and non-members alike.

Spring Friends’ Evening
The Spring Friends’ Evening has been confirmed for Tuesday 8th May 2018, at Grayshott Social Club as usual. The topics will include ‘Have I Got News For You’, a light-hearted look at newspaper coverage of Grayshott through the ages. More details nearer the time. The autumn evening is provisionally scheduled for Monday 22nd October and we hope to theme it in support of the village’s commemoration of the centenary of the end of the Great War.

New Find – Some Old Grayshott Deeds
One of our members has acquired a pair of very interesting deeds from two of Grayshott’s old farms. They relate to property once owned by the Cane family, yeoman farmers who had lived in Headley and Grayshott for centuries. Technically they were copyholders, meaning that they held their land as tenants of the lord of the manor. When a tenant was admitted to a property, two deeds were made at the manor court on one sheet of parchment, which was cut in half. One part was held by the lord and the other by the tenant – hence known as the copy-holder. The proof of authenticity is that only the original copy would match the cut. These are the original tenant’s copies. For a more detailed article please see our New Finds page.

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Top, dated 1773, for High Grayshott and Brightness. Bottom, dated 1804, for Bulls Farm.

Latest Newsletter: Number 7, December 2017

The committee would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a very Happy Christmas and New Year and to thank you for your support during the past and for the coming year.

Friends Evenings.
Next Friends’ evening will be on Tuesday, May 8th. Programme to be announced near the time. Raffle and refreshments as usual. It is at present being considered to bring forward the November meeting to the end of September with hopefully better weather and somewhat lighter evenings. Any suggestions for future meetings will be gratefully received!

‘Grayshott Today’ magazine.
We are hoping to have a regular presence in this magazine starting with the January issue. Also we will be trying to have more regular publicity in the local press.

New ‘Finds’
Some early property documents have turned up including two deeds ‘High Grayshott’ 1773 and Bulls Farm 1804. High Grayshott is the area we now know as the vicinity of Waggoners Estate.

With much new development now taking place which in turn will no doubt bring more people to the district we are thinking of including Hindhead as part of our area. The two villages have always been closely connected with trade and our fire brigade started life as the ‘Grayshott and Hindhead’, even the ‘Huts Hotel’ was much used by Grayshott residents! The Grayshott postal address was always ‘Grayshott, Hindhead, Surrey’ as Hindhead was then the local sorting office from where local mail was despatched. Also the ecclesiastical parish extends to the Hindhead crossroads. This will give us more scope for talks and publishing, interest/involvement with ‘Undershaw’ and the Haslemere Museum.

We will be pleased to receive any thoughts on this.

Hampshire Community Archive Groups.
We have received an invitation to speak about our activities at the next forum to be held March 17th 2018. Good news that we are deemed suitable to present our organisation at this event.

Guided Walks.
We hope to repeat these walks during spring / summer 2018. More details in due course.

Tracey Sharpe (Secretary)                                    Richard Peskett, (Chairman)
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15th December 2017.