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Brockham ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 13:24 12 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:48 20 February 2013

Brockham ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Brockham ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Named Surrey's Village of the Year last year, Brockham is nothing if not picturesque. Most famous for its huge annual bonfire, which attracts thousands of visitors

Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012

Named Surreys Village of the Year last year, Brockham is nothing if not picturesque. Most famous for its huge annual bonfire, which attracts thousands of visitors

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In the spotlight
Brockham has featured in several adverts including a Jamie Oliver one for Sainsburys and another for kitchen towels that used the local cricket team as extras. It also appears in many calendars, the picturesque village green featuring as the archetypal Surrey village.

Height of industry
Brockham Limeworks remains on English Heritages Heritage at Risk register. The 19th century flare kiln and Brockham patent kiln are among the most important industrial structures in Britain, yet quickly fell into disrepair when operations ceased in 1936.

Celebrated status
It was named Surrey Village of the Year 2011 in the annual competition, which is hosted by Surrey Community Action and open to all Surrey villages with a population of up to 5,000.

Theres always hope
The land for Christ Church, consecrated in 1847, was donated by Sir Henry Thomas Hope, of the Hope Diamond fame, who had bought the manor of Brockham in 1838. It was built so that the workers in Brockham didnt have to trek through the fields to Betchworth to worship.

While youre there...

Brockham Bonfire in November, which is one of the largest displays in the UK, and brings the crowds from far and wide (although the local roads are closed to non-residents during the evening, so public transport is advisable!).

Eat at...
The Grumpy Mole (01737 845101) restaurant at the Inn on the Green has gained a strong reputation in recent years.

Drink at...
Grab a coffee at the award-winning, community owned The Shop at Strood Green (01737 843965).

Stay at...
The Two Many Cooks caterers, who have a shop in Dorking, run South Lodge bed and breakfast (01737 841624).

Move there for...
And get: A two-bedroom cottage in the centre of the village by Brockham Green.

Famous neighbours?

  • Answers on a postcard, although Surrey Life regular Nicholas Owen had an allotment there.

Getting there...
Just off the A25 near Dorking, the nearest main train station is the one just down the road in the market town.

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