Haslemere - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013
PUBLISHED: 12:24 15 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:24 15 October 2013
A town with a taste for independence, Haslemere even played a part at the very start of the National Trust
A trusting place
Sir Robert Hunter, co-founder of the National Trust, lived in Haslemere. Shortly after forming the trust in 1895, he organised a public subscription to purchase much of the land at Hindhead Commons. Another way to explore the area is to follow the Swan Barn Farm Walk, which starts from Well Lane. Along the route, you’ll see a National Trust orchard restoration scheme with rare or endangered varieties of apple, pear, plum, damson and cherry.
The oldest part of the town is centred around the High Street, where there are several buildings dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries. These include Half Moon House, near the Town Hall; Tudor Cottage, next to the Georgian House Hotel; and the three-gabled Lloyds Pharmacy building.
The great Victorian poet, Lord Tennyson succeeded Wordsworth as Poet Laureate in 1850, when he was appointed by Queen Victoria. He spent the last years of his life at Aldworth House, which was designed as an inspiring summer escape.
Haslemere Educational Museum has over 240,000 geology specimens and is described by some as a mini-British Museum. Celebrating its 125th year, it started life in 1888 when Sir Jonathan Hutchinson formed a private museum in his garden barn.
The much-loved Poachers Pocket (01428 652625) on Petworth Road, is an independent restaurant established back in 1997.
The White Horse (01428 661276), in the High Street, which has at least 20 speciality beers and ciders on tap!
Lythe Hill Hotel and Spa (01428 651251), which often looks after TV and movie stars when they are filming in the area.
Off the A3 trunk road. Excellent train services operate on the Waterloo to Portsmouth line.