This is a photograph of the Abinger Arms, Surrey taken in 1890. The Inn belonged to our Grandchildren's Great Great Great Grandfather whose picture is below. The timber-framed parts and the massive chimney date from the sixteenth century, when it was a large house known as Perrotts, standing in ten acres of land.
What a jolly looking character he seems. I think that he must have enjoyed a large jar of ale on a regular basis judging by his portly size and the pot he is holding. How lovely it would be to own the vessel now, I wonder what happened to it? May be it was broken and thrown away or possibly it resides to this day in someone's home?
In 1894 the Abinger Arms was enlarged and a new frontage and entrance added on the eastern side. The new part of the building was done in typically Victorian style whilst the rear retained its Tudor origins.
This husband and wife were H's Great Grandparents on his father's maternal side.
You can see the Abinger Arms today just beyond the village clock.
Underneath the clock is the figure of Jack the Blacksmith, who strikes the hours with his hammer.
This beautiful Surrey farmhouse was lived in by H's Great Grandfather on his father's paternal side. Called Hatch Farm it is a splendid Tudor building built on the site of an older manor house, known as Harms Hatch. It is situated in Gomshall, the neighbouring village to Abinger Hammer. The name hatch indicates the existence of a gate across the road at the parish boundary.
Painting of Hatch Farm, Gomshall, done by Edward Wilkins Waite (1854-1924), landscape painter, who lived for a time at Abinger Hammer. He was born in Surrey and much of his work depicted rural scenes in the county.
H's paternal ancestry in this area of Surrey can be traced back to the time of King Richard I, known as Richard the Lionheart (1157 - 1199), when he granted the family a charter to mill on the river Mole.