A few years ago whilst at the funeral of another family member I mentioned the story to my late Mum’s first cousin. I asked if he knew of the story? He replied I must have it wrong because the land in fact was on Wonersh Common. I asked are you sure? and received one of those looks that Mum would give me, you know the stare that says you are foolish to question me!
I explained what I had been told by no less than three of his Aunts, yet he remained adamant, it was Wonersh as that was where the Butcher family hailed from. He and I both looked at his older brother, who miraculously and typically said he had never heard the story previously and suggested that I follow it up.
A year ago I called the daughter of my Great Aunt, she told me that she knew there was land in Wonersh, but not this exact issue and sent me some documents. When they arrived they were the same I already had and did represent research from the Butcher family and not the land on Wanborough Common or Wonersh Common.
As I said yesterday, I am no further forward now, than I was thirty years ago when I first heard the details of Wanborough Common, let alone Wonersh Common (Wonersh is in Surrey too).
Is this a case of a pinch of salt or a grain of truth? Or is it that two stories have become merged over time. I can certainly confirm that the family did indeed have links to land in Wonersh and surrounding areas, I have copies of the various documents to prove it. Meanwhile, Laverty’s notebook also reveals something worth following up on and I hope that it doesn’t take me another thirty years to do so!