Godalming ~ Surrey towns and villages
PUBLISHED: 23:56 10 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 20 February 2013
An idyllic Surrey town set in beautiful countryside on the River Wey, Godalming's streets retain much of their historic character and time exploring them is well spent
Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012
An idyllic Surrey town set in beautiful countryside on the River Wey, Godalmings streets retain much of their historic character and time exploring them is well spent
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Back through time
Godalming Museum is the perfect place to swot up on the areas heritage from arts and crafts designer Gertrude Jekyll to local Titanic hero Jack Phillips. This year, the town has marked the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic with a number of events.
A spark of genius
Godalming was the first town in the world to use electricity for street lighting. In 1881, a tender by the gas company to supply lighting was undercut by Calder and Barrett electricians, who managed to rig up several lamp posts in the High Street with power supplied from the mill.
It could be you...
In 2008, a unique monthly lottery was launched in Godalming to help fund community projects to improve the town. The groundbreaking GOLO scheme continues to thrive today.
Whats in a name?
The Pepperpot in the High Street is sometimes known as the Pepper Box and certainly something a little different. It is often at the heart of whats going-on in the town, with the likes of Godalming Food Festival.
While youre there...
...the River Wey, which Godalming is in a prime position to take advantage of with both Farncombe Boat House (01483 421306) and Godalming Packetboat Company (01483 414938) on the doorstep.
A favourite is the modern Italian, La Luna (01483 414155), on Wharf Street.
The High Street bar, Lounge (01483 862610), often has live music.
Peter the Great of Russia is said to have stayed at The Kings Arms (01483 421545), on the High Street - if its good enough for the Czar of Russia...
Motor racing star Damon Hill lives in the area.
Easily accessible by train, falling directly on the main line from Guildford, or by car via either the A3 or A3100.