Bramley village guide 2015
PUBLISHED: 11:52 15 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:06 19 August 2015
Surrounded by some of the most spectacular country estates in the area, and a haven for those looking for peaceful contemplation, Bramley is a quaint village that retains a comforting nod to the past
Originally published in A Celebration of Surrey Life
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Did you know?
1 Bramley History Society says that the builders of the Iron Age fort at Hascombe (in use from c200 to 50BC) probably included farmers from the Wintershall and Thorncombe Street areas, but there’s no evidence of any Roman settlement.
2 The village boasts a pair of lovingly restored level crossing gates, where the now long-gone railway line used to run through Bramley. The Guildford-Horsham line vanished during the now infamous Beeching cuts. It’s likely that Bramley would today be a busy station if the line had survived.
3 The former railway line is now part of the Downs Link, so offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the local countryside. You could walk/bike it all the way to the coast if you wanted.
4 Famed garden designer Gertrude Jekyll spent her childhood in Bramley. Her friend, a certain Edwin Lutyens, designed Millmead House in Snowdenham Lane for her in 1904 – she designed the garden.
5 Wind turbines may be a modern phenomenon but Bramley was home to one of the first. In 1926, Robert Alexander Robertson moved to the village and built a windmill to charge batteries for people. His electrical business, RA Robertson and Sons, is still in the family and is as busy as ever in the High Street.
6 Bramley-based sculptor Nic Fiddian-Green is renowned for his colossal horse heads, which grace prestigious venues from Marble Arch to Royal Ascot.
7 The Hutleys have lived at Wintershall for 50 years and, under their stewardship, the estate has become a haven for wildlife, mature woodland and farmland. Their Christian plays are also internationally famous.
8 Every year since 2009, the Birtley House care home has thrown open its gates to the very best of 3D art at its annual sculpture garden. You’ll find more sculpture there during the annual wood fair in autumn.
9 Snowdenham Lane lived up to its name during the filming of The Holiday, starring Jude Law and Cameron Diaz, as it was sprayed with fake snow.
10 In nearby Wonersh, the 11th century Great Tangley Manor is said to be Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited house – and you can stay there.
A pocket guide:
Drink at: They say ‘every day is a beer festival’ at The Jolly Farmer and they’re not joking! From local ales to Belgian beers, the choice is broad.
Eat at: Make sure to check out the specials menu at The Jolly Farmer.
Stay at: Enjoy a little piece of history at Great Tangley Manor in Wonersh.