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Ashtead ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 13:30 12 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 20 February 2013

Ashtead ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Ashtead ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Roman roots lie at the heart of Ashtead, with the remains of a villa on Ashtead Common still to be seen today. A popular commuter base, the village still has a rural feel

Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012

Roman roots lie at the heart of Ashtead, with the remains of a villa on Ashtead Common still to be seen today. A popular commuter base, the village still has a rural feel

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Friends, Romans
Ashtead Commons villa and tileworks is among Surreys most important archaeological sites. Surrey Archaeological Society regularly performs fieldwork on the Roman site.

Growing green...
Working for a more sustainable village, Transition Ashtead meets monthly. They launched a Village Vegetables scheme last year, which sees planters growing vegetables rather than flowers, and have also created Ashtead Apple Juice, with hopes for a cider this year.

Common people...
To the north of the village, Ashtead Common is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its bird life and rare oaks. The common is open to the public all year round and is as popular with dog walkers as archaeologists. It is owned and managed by the City of London at no cost to the public.

Time for tea...
Ermyn Way was the site of the Goblin factory back in the early 70s. It was from here that they produced their world famous Goblin Teasmade a classic piece of gadgetry that would boil the water, make the tea and wake you up first thing in the morning. Sadly, it couldnt go to work for you, too.

Size matters...
In 2003, the village grew slightly because its original parish boundaries had been set long before the M25 cut a swathe through the area. After discussions with neighbouring Leatherhead, it was agreed that the motorway was a more logical boundary than an arbitrary line on a piece of paper.

While youre there...

... the Advocate Gallery. After several years in Wimbledon Village, Caroline Burns decided to relocate her art business to an old bank in Ashtead. Originally started in 1992 as an artists co-operative, the gallery has grown into a leading artists agency.

Eat at...
During daylight hours, try Palmers cafe-deli (01372 279537), while the family run Superfish (01372 273784) is also popular.

Drink at...
The Woodman (01372 274524) and The Brewery Inn (01372 271218).

Stay at...
The luxurious four-star Woodlands Park Hotel (0845 0727581) is a ten-minute drive out of the village.

Move there for...
And get: A detached four-bedroom home.

Famous neighbours?

  • Loose Womens Andrea McLean.

  • Clash frontman Joe Strummer was among the local City of London Freemens Schools famous alumni.

Getting there...
The village is just off junction 9 of the M25 and has a tried and tested commuter station.

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