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Abinger Hammer ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 13:28 12 September 2012 | UPDATED: 19:53 20 February 2013

Abinger Hammer ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Abinger Hammer ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Completed in 1909, the famous Abinger Hammer clock celebrates the role of the blacksmithing industry in the village's past and was built in honour of Thomas Henry Farrer, who established much of the village.

Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2011

Completed in 1909, the famous Abinger Hammer clock celebrates the role of the blacksmithing industry in the villages past and was built in honour of Thomas Henry Farrer, who established much of the village. Meanwhile, the village green and stream opposite provide entertainment for cricket fans and aspiring fisher-children alike

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Did you know?

On your bike...
The town sign is a bit of a giveaway that the areas beautiful surroundings continue to provide an attractive destination for cyclists it was donated by cycle tourists and includes cut-outs of bikes through the ages.

Something fishy...
The family business at Tillingbourne Trout Farm on Guildford Road smokes its own fresh trout, all caught and processed on site, as well as eels and Scottish and wild Alaskan salmon. They also sell smoked fish pats and game.

Splendid blooms...
The Surrey Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society was founded in 1964 and now has just over 100 members. They hold five shows a year, with four at Abinger Hammer Village Hall, plus the main show at Toyotas European headquarters near Epsom Downs.

Literary Surrey...
Surrey was home to EM Forster for over 40 years. As a child he visited his aunt at West Hackhurst (a house designed by his architect father) in Abinger Hammer. Later, he inherited the lease and lived there with his mother until her death. In 1946, he was forced to leave when the landlord refused to renew the lease.

While youre there...

Most noted for...
The clock, which sits prominently over the A25 that runs through the village.

...Kingfisher Farm Shop. The area is also famed for its watercress, and this family run farm shop, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2011, should ably satisfy your vitamin and mineral needs.

Eat at...
The ever popular Drakes on the Pond (01306 731174) on Dorking Road.

Drink at...
Abinger Hammer tea room (01306 730701), in the living room of a cottage adjoining the post office stores.

Stay at...
The luxury Wotton House (01306 730000) can be found just down the road (literally) in nearby Wotton.

Move there for

And get: A four-bedroom family home in the village complete with a decked garden.

Famous neighbours?
Answers on a postcard...

Getting there...
Abinger Hammer is found on the A25. The nearest station is located in the neighbouring village of Gomshall.

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