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Wheatsheaf Landlord and Landlady - The Hills
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Wheatsheaf Landlord and Landlady - The Hills

My parents, Bob & Lil Hill, former Landlord and Landlady of The Wheatsheaf Inn. Bob's mother Rosa Hill (1885 -1955) (nee Barber), was a small child when her father Henry Barber became Landlord. On the 1901 census she is listed as a barmaid at the age of 15. After the war Bob and Lil helped out in the pub and on Roses' death in 1955 took over the licence. Bob was a larger than life character and Lil was famous for her pub cooking! They left the pub in 1966 - Bob died in 1976. Lil is 88 years old and is currently (January 2010) in a care home in Merstham.

(Date of photo estimated as 1960)
Picture added on 26 January 2010 at 18:26
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I remember the Hills well. I was a kid living in Diceland Road, just round the corner from the Wheatsheaf, and was friends with their son, Christopher. One year, he and I walked to the Derby at Epsom Downs and collected loads of soft drink and beer bottles, which we brought back to the Wheatsheaf so we could claim the deposits - usually 1d but sometimes 3d a bottle if we were lucky. In 1960 Chris and I (and 30 others) went on a school trip to Konigswinter in Germany - a pretty radical destination in those days, considering it was just 15 years after the war and some adult memories were still unforgiving.
Added by Peter Denton on 14 February 2010
I remember you Peter. I remember taking all the bottles back did not get much from old man.
Added by Chris Hill on 31 December 2016
Bob & Lil Hill. I was working at the Hotel as Car Park attendant, 1953 to 1955, and knew them well as aunty Rose lived there too. It was a part time job. I worked at the Downs Estate over the road. I was 15-17yrs old and left for Australia in 1955.
May my grandmother worked for them in the kitchen. I met Harry Secombe there and Jack Marshal who worked in the Saloon bar.

I was born in 40 Diceland Rd and I knew a lot of the folks. Jack Bennan, he drank there and he taught King Edward VII to drive. He owned 4 Daimlers and he lived in The Drive at Banstead. There are so many to name from the public bar I knew and worked with.

I wonder if you could put me in youch with Deidre Bailey who lived at the Ewell Railway house. I would love to contact her she was my Sweetheart. We met at the College at Ewell, the year 1953/4, and I wonder??.

If I can help you with anything please ask Ted Bond from Historic Society, he is my Uncle. I live in Australia and I will be pleased to help. I am 80 this year. I would like to keep up with the history. My Grandad is in the Surrey Army History R G A died from wound. I will close now but hope to hear from you I have so much to offer.
Added by Richard D Grattan on 06 May 2017
Hi, my name is Richard D Grattan. I was the car park attendant for Bob Hill in 1954 -55 before I went to Australia. I knew the family Ted Bond's mother was the cook at the time. I got to know them as I worked for Downs Estate on the corner of The Drive over the road. They painted the Pub and I was an Aprentice to them, under Mr Ross Junior. Mr Pepper was the Director. Nevile Bannister was my Boss and he followed me to Australia. His wife was a Mr Sparks' Daughter who also came here and died at Eltham old peoples home. They all lived in Banstead and Drift Bridge Epsom Downlands Way
Added by Richard D Grattan on 15 December 2017
They ran a great pub, with proper beer. I loved the pianola!!
Jane Hill was in my class at Banstead Junior School and so was Jane Hill (no relation) and 2 Graham Patterson's.

Added by Andy Wells on 10 March 2018
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