History

The Devil's Punch Bowl is steeped in legend © John Miller

The Devil's Punch Bowl is steeped in legend

Myth or legend

How did the Devil’s Punch Bowl get its name?

There are many thoughts on how the Punch Bowl got its name but according to local legend the Devil lived nearby…

Days gone by

In the past many people depended on Hindhead Commons for their livelihoods...

Did you know?

  • Sir Robert Hunter, one of our co-founders, lived near Hindhead
  • Our properties at Hindhead were some of our first acquisitions, in 1906
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes, used to walk on Hindhead Commons and it’s said that he used Hindhead as the inspiration for the book ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’

Portsmouth to London Road, Hindhead

Portsmouth to London road

Portsmouth to London road

The road snaking through Hindhead Commons was originally built for just horses and carriages. It was re-routed, improved and widened over many years but with the opening of the new A3 Tunnel its existence is disappearing...

Highway murder

The road from Portsmouth to London across the wild heathland at Hindhead was a notorious haunt for highway men and footpads (highwaymen on foot).

Temple of the Four Winds

At the remote hill top at Hurt Hill are the remains of a grand old hunting lodge or belvedere.

Robertson memorial, Highcombe Edge

Robertson memorial

William Alexander Robertson lost his two younger brothers in the First World War and when he died in 1937 he left a bequest to us to commemorate them. His legacy allowed us to buy various properties.

Hindhead's historical figures

Many famous people have enjoyed the countryside at Hindhead including one of the co-founders of the National Trust, Sir Robert Hunter.

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