Having once again been invited by
the Farnham Society to participate in the September Heritage Open Days
programme, we decided to offer a slight variation on the walk that we last did in
2015: “The Bourne – Change in the Village”.
On the due date (19th
September) the weather was good and sixteen walkers and a Jack Russell met up
with Richard Sanders and Noel Moss outside St Thomas’ Church at 2.00pm. Having
heard about the geology of the area and the building of the present church from
Noel, the group moved on to the Old Churchyard where Richard described the social
changes that took place at the end of the nineteen century which had been so
well recorded by George Sturt.
With the kind agreement of the
owners, the group entered the garden of Vine
Cottage, Old Church Lane, where Noel read a passage from Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer about George Sturt and Fred Grover
working together in the garden on a damp afternoon. The tour stopped at the cottage
Little Willows, where Fred and Lucy lived for a while, and at the end of Sturt
Walk before moving on to hear a reading
about William Cobbett playing with his brothers on the slope below
Middle Bourne Lane.