Chipstead: Surrey village life
PUBLISHED: 14:23 14 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:16 20 February 2013
Located just outside London's urban sprawl, the village of Chipstead is surrounded by great walking country and is also home to some fantastic pubs
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine October 2011
Located just outside Londons urban sprawl, the village of Chipstead is surrounded by great walking country and is also home to some fantastic pubs
Chipstead is only 17 miles from Central London and on a good day 27 minutes by train. The village is just within the southern ring of the M25 placing it well for good access to all destinations, including both Heathrow and Gatwick.
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Photo: Berit Watkin
There is a strong feeling of community in Chipstead with over 20 friendly clubs and societies providing something for all ages, says Chris Bloom of the Chipstead Village Preservation Society. There are six active sports clubs (bowls, cricket, football, golf, rugby and tennis), not to mention miles of public footpaths across beautiful open countryside. The Meads, a 24-acre public park, lies at the heart of the village next to Elmore Pond. This is the larger of a series of ponds and probably the original reason for the settlement of ceapstede, meaning market place.
Did you know?
At Shabden Park Farm on Chipstead High Road, they have been practising environmentally sustainable methods of farming for many years. The farm is located within a protected site of Surrey Wildlife Trust, who help to maintain the public access points and offer advice on managing the land for wildlife, and there is also a popular farm shop and monthly farmers market.
At the village hall...
Adjacent to Elmore Pond is the Peter Aubertin Hall. Built in 1906, it has been the scene of many activities over the years from a munitions factory during both world wars to a theatre for the Chipstead Players, a polling station and a sports hall. As well as playing host to AGMs, lunches, Christmas fairs and parties, there is a daily pre-school playgroup too.
Date for your diary...
Today, the Chipstead Players are based out of the Courtyard Theatre a fully-equipped 97-seat theatre and bar that was lovingly converted from a stable block. Visit the Chipstead Players' website for details of their next production.
Making the headlines
Pockets of land totalling nearly 40 acres have been purchased around the village by the Chipstead Village Preservation Society, aided by contributions from caring nearby residents. These purchases not only protect the land from unsuitable development but preserve its natural beauty for future generations. The Chipstead Residents Association is also very active in maintaining and improving the village amenities.
Grab a bite
The Ramblers Rest (01737 552661) on Outwood Lane, the White Hart (01737 554455) on Hazelwood Lane and The Well House Inn (01737 830640) on Chipstead Lane are all popular destinations for ramblers and foodies alike. You can also pick up sandwiches from Simply Delicious (01737 553381) on Station Parade.
Something to take home
Although the days of small shops being at the heart of the village are gone, Station Parade, near Chipstead Station, has a number of independent shops, including the fine wine merchant Essentially Wine.
In the spotlight
Rupert Croft-Cooke (best known for his detective novels under the pseudonym Leo Bruce) was a well-known author who lived part of his childhood at Wayside, a house built by his father on Chipstead High Road.