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Horsell: Surrey village life

PUBLISHED: 20:00 24 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:55 20 February 2013

Horsell: Surrey village life

Horsell: Surrey village life

Perhaps most famous as the place where the Martians land in HG Wells' classic science fiction novel The War of the Worlds, Horsell has plenty more to recommend it as well...

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine September 2012


Perhaps most famous as the place where the Martians land in HG Wells classic science fiction novel The War of the Worlds, Horsell has plenty more to recommend it as well...


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Did you know?
Two of Englands most famous cricketers, Sir Alec and Eric Bedser, lived in Horsell in a house they helped their father to build. They were commonly known as the Bedser Twins and started their famous Bedser Boys Club at the Village Hall.


Village voice
Horsell is very much a village community, says Penny Kramer, trustee of Horsell Village Hall. The residents get together to hold numerous community functions for the benefit of the residents. Our annual flower show is attended by many residents, young and old, who exhibit flowers, vegetables, handiwork and baking, some of which is served as cream teas. This year, there was an additional attraction, in the form of a McLaren Formula 1 car, as the team is based by the village.


@ the village hall
The Village Hall is the home of Horsell Amateur Dramatic Society, who regularly put on shows, as well as weddings, pilates, childrens parties and more. The hall is also used for many fund-raising events.


Did you know 2?
Badly damaged by a tornado in 2007, the future looked bleak for what had been a fine old oak tree on Broomhall Common in Woking until, that is, Horsell Common Preservation Society came up with a rather novel remedy. Instead of felling the tree, they decided to commission Captain Chainsaw and his crew to create an artwork from the trunk. The result , which can be found opposite the Brewery Road car park, is the stunning Pegasus.


Making the headlines
In HG Wells War of the Worlds, the martians landed in the sandpits on Horsell Common before heading off to devastate London.


Grab a bite
The independent Red Lion (01483 768497) is well worth a visit, offering a high quality take on pub standards.


Something to take home
Fancy getting creative as the nights draw in? Needle and Thread is an independent supplier of fabrics/wool and all embroidery requirements.


In the spotlight...



  • The sandpits of Horsell Common are a site of pilgrimage for many science fiction fans, thanks to their prominence in HG Wells classic novel The War of the Worlds. They are where the meteor lands at the start of the book.

  • The village is also the home of McLarens Formula 1 racing team, with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button regular visitors, and their production centre for the new McLaren road car.

  • Regular Chelsea Flower Show winner Cleve West opened the first new additional allotment site in Woking for 25 years in June. Horsell now has two allotment sites, with both Bullbeggars and Littlewicks self-managed and run by the one committee. They have a combined waiting list of 33.

Getting there
Horsell is easily accessible from the M25 and M3 by Woking and is walkable from Woking Station.


Get in touch...
...with your Horsell news and what makes the village special to you @ www.facebook.com/surreylife and www.twitter.com/surreylife.

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