Caterham ~ Surrey Life towns and villages
PUBLISHED: 13:30 12 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 20 February 2013
Famed for its sports cars, Caterham grew into a popular shopping centre when the railway arrived in 1856. The town is home to Surrey's Richest 50 regular, David Gold
Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012
Famed for its sports cars, Caterham grew into a popular shopping centre when the railway arrived in 1856. The town is home to Surreys Richest 50 regular, David Gold
Did you know?
East Surrey Museum on Stafford Road began life in 1980, started by the Bourne Society history group. These days, it still mainly houses archaeology from the Stone Age to post-war. The area also contains a number of reminders of Kenley Aerodromes importance during World War Two, with a Bofors tower perhaps the most striking of them all.
Owned by QPR chairman Tony Fernandes, the future of Caterham Cars, who famously produce the tiny Caterham Seven sports car, in the town is currently in some doubt as their lease is set to run out.
The time is Nighy...
Actor Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean, Love Actually and many more) was born in the town in 1949. Television presenter Angus Deayton attended Caterham School, even captaining the U16 rugby team.
West Ham co-owner and Surreys Richest 50 regular David Gold opens his garden, The Chalet in Caterham, every spring to raise money for charity through the National Gardens Scheme.
While youre there...
...The Arc in Caterham on the Hill, an ambitious community project with a huge play space that has been keeping kids entertained since it reopened in 2010. Its also home to a number of local groups; their street dancers even performed at the Royal Albert Hall this year.
Popular Mediterranean restaurant Olivish (01883 348200).
The King and Queen (01883 345438) at Caterham on the Hill.
Coulsdon Manor (0871 376 9900) is a 20-minute drive away and also offers a Harry Colt designed golf course.
West Ham co-owner David Gold.
Just off junction 6 of the M25. The Caterham Line branches from the London to Brighton line at Purley.