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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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Comments:
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
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