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Caterham - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013

PUBLISHED: 14:10 17 September 2013 | UPDATED: 14:10 17 September 2013

Caterham

Caterham

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The cars may have left for good but Caterham still has its famous school and residents to keep it on the map

Two heads

Split into two distinct areas with their own individual characters, Caterham and the adjoining Caterham on the Hill are linked by a short but very steep road. Incredibly, the oldest living resident, at almost 300 years old, is still standing strong somewhere inbetween. At the top of the hill, you can’t miss the huge ancient cedar tree that occupies pride of place slap bang in the middle of the pavement.

On the road

The cars may have gone but the name still produces a rush of adrenalin. Caterham Cars, producers of the Caterham Seven sports car were, until very recently, based in the town near the station.They have now moved to nearby Crawley but will be associated with the town for as long as the name exists.

Cultivating wealth

West Ham co-owner David Gold opens his garden, The Chalet, every spring to raise money for charity through the National Gardens Scheme. Daughter Jacqueline Gold, one of the nation’s most successful business women, heads up Ann Summers from Gold Group House in Whyteleafe.

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Visit…

Skaterham is a community youth project located in what was formerly the Caterham Army Barracks Chapel. This members only (but no annual fee) skatepark has been running for over 12 years and was created after a youth conference in 1999.

Eat at…

La Fiaba del Mediterraneo (01883 337719) is a family run restaurant that has been around over 10 years.

Drink at…

The King and Queen (01883 345438) at Caterham on the Hill has been an ale-serving pub since 1841.

Stay at…

Coulsdon Manor (0871 376 9900) is a 20-minute drive away and also offers a Harry Colt designed golf course.

Getting there...

Just off junction 6 of the M25. The Caterham line branches from the London to Brighton line at Purley.

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