WONERSH
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By 1884 the Grantleys had left Wonersh and the estate was sold at auction to John and Mary Sudbury. John Sudbury like the Grantleys before him owned most of Wonersh. He died of typhoid in 1902 caused, it’s said, by poor drains. In 1914 Mary Sudbury sold Wonersh Park to Robert Haslam on the condition that she could continue to live there for the rest of her life. Robert lived in Wonersh Mill House and never moved into Wonersh Park. He tried to sell it when Mary died in 1926 but no buyer being found the house was eventually demolished in 1929. The site of the house is now a grass field which Beatrice Cook bought in 1935 and gifted to the village in 1950. The entrance gateway still survives, the former stable block is now Wonersh Court and the lytch gate has been reopened. Today in the gatehouse there are two ten foot stone freizes made and installed in 1953 by John Hurren. John was a wood and stone carver and had a studio attached to Grantley Cottages, close to the Grantley Arms. The panels are a memorial to ‘unpraised civilians’ who endured the second world war. They are intended to typify all aspects of village life including the Women’s Institute, the Land Girls, the Boy Scouts, the farmer, vet and fishmonger. There are twenty-two figures in all.
Entrance gatehouse to Wonersh House
Gatehouse today