More New Weird Surrey
Following putting this website up , Mr Lewis Combstock kindly emailed me with the following personal experiences.
found your webpage by accident, it is interesting in that I am aware of most
of the stories. The Winterfold
"alien" was reported locally at the time, the guy who saw it reported that
the creature approached his car
and put a hand (or paw) on it as they drove off. He lived in Loder Close,
Sheerwater, near where I went to school.
I worked at the Brooklands site and I remember the stories and had a few odd experiences myself, the weirdest was the farting ghost in the toilet cubicle next to me every time I visited. I initially thought that someone was playing a trick on me, but people near to the door observed the visitors and assured me that nobody followed me.
An American mystery programme on TV showed a ghost story relating to Dorking; a couple crossed a railway bridge and observed the single track railway and stopped for lunch at the Westhumble churchyard where they saw two priests in 16th century clothes, a priest answering the same description was caught on video recently near a riding stable. After seeing this, I was reminded that I had also seen the single track line (I returned recently to
find that it is twin track, and has been since the 1930s).
Further to the story of the Winterfold incident, a guy who I worked with in the early 1970s bought a Fiat 500 and asked if I would like to take a drive out one night, it was winter time, (January , I think). We took turns in driving, and when it was my turn, I headed for Winterfold, telling the story as I drove. I think it was in Row Lane, Winterfold where we suddenly lost power and the car stopped (about 50 yards from the 1967 incident). We got out, looked at
the engine (or looked for the engine!) and found that the dipstick had popped up and shorted the HT leads (though I'm not sure how we saw it at night on an unlit road). We pushed it down again, and as we got into the car, three men were walking toward us from behind, which was spooky, because we hadn't passed anyone on the road. I started the car and drove off quickly.
On another occasion, returning from Albury one night (around November 1970) with some friends, passing over Newlands Corner, I was about to turn left into Trodds lane when I saw a young man standing in the middle of the road. I pulled up by him and asked if everything was ok. he said that there was a bad car crash further down the lane and someone had been
killed. I thanked him and took the A247 to Send instead. It occurred to me sometime later that there were no warning signs in the vicinity (a police re-direction should have been in place), no blue flashing lights, and I don't remember any report of a death in the following weeks. I would research this further, but I'm not sure where to look.
Returning to the Winterfold alien incident (c.1967), this was reported in the Woking News & Mail, the witness lived in Loder Close, Sheerwater, he would be about 65 now. This caused my friend's father to comment "Loder Close? more like loader cobblers".
Winterfold was the scene of another mystery to me, there were two cottages in Jelley's hollow, both were uninhabited when I visited (c1968), but one was derelict and very old. The other looked habitable, but had an eerie feeling around it, I didn't enter, but I looked through a window, and in the fireplace was the appearance of a bright blue sky, I thought at first it was a mirror, but couldn't see one, I never figured it out. I mentioned it to my grandfather, who had lived in Ewhurst and Cranleigh, and knew the area well, but he insisted there was only one cottage in Jelley's hollow.
A couple of years ago, I was watching an American mysteries programme, when they mentioned Dorking, where a couple on a hike noted the single track railway near to Westhumble (Burford Bridge) station, and later reported seeing two clergymen in 17th c. costume. A viewer had sent in a video of his daughter riding a horse near Dorking, and had captured a similar clergyman on video.. I've seen the single track railway too, but not the clergymen. The line was single track until around 1933 when another track was laid due to the volume of traffic to Dorking.