Gomshall - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013
PUBLISHED: 12:14 15 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:14 15 October 2013
On the banks of the River Tillingbourne, Gomshall has shed its industrial past to live in modern tranquillity
Gomshall grew with the development of local industries, with the River Tillingbourne powering Gomshall Mill and its like. Many of the industries survived into the twentieth century, including leather tanning, watercress growing and corn milling. The Tillingbourne joins the River Wey at Guildford, having begun near Leith Hill.
With the likes of Albury, Shere, Abinger Hammer and Wotton on the same road and river, there are many easily accessible rambles through the surrounding fields. In fact, Albury to Wotton is only about a six mile walk for those looking for a bracing stroll and a few refreshing drinks along the way. Alternatively dip off up the hills to Peaslake and Holmbury St Mary, and the spectacular views found there.
Taste of history
The folk at Coach House Antiques centre have been buying and selling furniture for over 20 years and, just off the A25, it’s a treasure trove of both old and new. They also have a restoring service on offer for items in need of a little tender loving care.
The National Trust’s Netley Park lies on the slopes of the North Downs. Netley House and its grounds aren’t open to the public but there are 211 acres of woodland to explore. The park is found just north of Gomshall.
Gomshall Mill (01483 203060) was once the heart of local industry and is now a picturesque and hearty pub.
Tillings Café (01483 202214) has been a popular addition. Opened in August 2011 by Jane and Richard Radford, the idea was to provide a place for people to get together.
A bed and breakfast as well as a pub, The Compasses Inn (01483 202506) was once a hay barn for horses.
The A25 passes directly through the village centre and it is served by its own station, which is on the Guildford line.