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Bletchingley - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013

PUBLISHED: 11:35 17 September 2013

Bletchingley

Bletchingley

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Life around the charming village of Bletchingley can be traced all the way back to ancient hunter-gatherer types

Digging deep

Archaeologists working at North Park Farm between 2001 and 2005, discovered over 50,000 flints in a sand quarry just south of the North Downs. The most exciting evidence to emerge from their dig, however, was a series of pits of Mesolithic date. Hunter-gatherers have rarely left any visible trace on the landscape other than flint artefacts, so this was highly unusual.

Castle is a home

Castle Place has been lived in for nearly a thousand years – in fact, the grounds contain the ruins of Bletchingley Castle, a fortified manor house that is now a listed ancient monument. The property itself, as with so many in Surrey, is now luxury apartments. Another notable property in the area is Bletchingley Place, where Anne of Cleves lived after her marriage to Henry VIII was annulled.

Top of the pops

Ginger dreadlocked singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner spent his formative education at The Hawthorns preparatory school at Pendall Court before going on to storm the UK music charts in recent years.

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Visit…

Just down the road you’ll find Godstone Farm, which is one of the oldest and busiest children’s farms in the country, seeing up to 2,000 visitors a day during the summer.

Eat at…

The actress Finty Williams, claims that Lamingtons, also on the High Street, is the only place for coffee and cakes. She’s not the only one!

Drink at…

With a number of pubs in the area, The Red Lion (01883 743342) on Castle Street dates back to 1309 and the Whyte Harte (01883 743231) on the High Street to 1388.

Stay at…

The Whyte Harte has 10 rooms, including a couple of ‘heritage’ offerings with exposed beams.

Getting there…

Just off the Godstone Road (A25), between junctions 6 and 7 of the M25. The nearest train station is South Nutfield, a couple of miles away.

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