Chobham ~ Surrey Life towns and villages
PUBLISHED: 13:31 12 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 20 February 2013
An area peppered with equestrian centres and the riders they cater for, Chobham is a sought after place to live but it's not just the residents who appreciate its idyllic charms
Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012
An area peppered with equestrian centres and the riders they cater for, Chobham is a sought after place to live but its not just the residents who appreciate its idyllic charms
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Charge of light
In 1853, Queen Victoria watched the British troops setting out to the Crimea, including the famous Light Brigade, from Chobham Common. A monument was erected in 1901 to commemorate the event.
Armed and ready
The existence of the Longcross tank research centre at Chobham Common was once top secret. The base developed, among other things, armour for the protection of the vehicles. Chobham Armour is a material still used today but the site is now used for film locations and track days rather than military purposes. Plans have been submitted to develop the area into offices and homes.
There is a long-standing joke in British humour that treacle, like coal, used to be mined in parts of the country. One location for these mines was supposed to be Chobham. You are more likely to find an abundance of wildlife...
Off yer bike
Peter OToole actually comes off his bike at Chobham Common, rather than, say, Morocco, in the acclaimed film Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
While youre there...
...Timber Hill, a garden comprising some 15 acres of woodland and parkland. Nick and Lavinia moved to the property in 1975 and have continued the evolution of the smallholding, house and gardens. It opens through the NGS, generally in spring.
Try one of Surreys oldest gourmet restaurants, The Cloche Hat (01276 858000) on Burrow Hill (this restaurant has since been renamed Stovell's).
For a more informal evening, try The Four Horseshoes (01276 857581).
The four-star Foxhills (01932 872050) is just down the road in Ottershaw.
You may occasionally hear Brian Blesseds booming voice he lives nearby.
Just off the M3 from Junction 12 of the M25. The nearest station is in Woking.