Kingswood: Surrey village life
PUBLISHED: 14:14 12 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:37 20 February 2013
Home to Europe's largest private mint, plus the historic Kingswood Warren (once at the heart of many exciting BBC developments), as well as cricketing legend Phil Tufnell, the village of Kingswood remains surrounded by lush countryside
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2012
Home to Europes largest private mint, plus the historic Kingswood Warren (once at the heart of many exciting BBC developments), as well as cricketing legend Phil Tufnell, the village of Kingswood remains surrounded by lush countryside despite being close to the A217...
Just off the A217 from junction 8 of the M25. Served by a station on the Tattenham Corner Line.
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The wife and I have a pair of bikes, so thats our main source of getting out and about for a bit of exercise although Ill admit, its quite often just an excuse to check out some of the local pubs, says cricket legend and local resident Phil Tufnell. But theres some stunning scenery where we live, so its always nice to get out in the fresh air as well.
Did you know?
The grand Gothic mansion Kingswood Warren housed the BBCs research and development departments for many years, with HDTV, Nicam digital stereo and teletext all developed there. Also a finishing school during its illustrious history, the old complex is has been transformed by luxury property developer, Octagon.
@ the village hall
Kingswood Amateur Drama and Dance Society started in 1980 and still performs regularly at the village hall with all profits from their shows given to the Kingswood Village Community Association for the upkeep of the hall.
Grab a bite
Head to Waterhouse Lane for popular Italian restaurant Boscoreale (01737 351157); The Kingswood Arms, which has been owned by Linda and Barry Slayford since 1985 (01737 354053); and the Khyber Tandoori, itself going strong for over 29 years (01737 352 813).
Making the headlines
Kingswood Golf and Country Club, which was designed in the 1920s by the five times open champion, James Braid. The course is open to visiting golfers as well as the members. Former England cricketer and television personality, Phil Tufnell was recently the special guest at a Kingswood Golf & Country Club charity golf day in aid of the Childrens Trust.
Did you know 2?
The Childrens Trust, which is a national charity working with children who have multiple disabilities and complex health needs, is based at a 24-acre site in between Tadworth and Kingswood. This month, their Supercar Event takes place down the road at the home of Top Gear, Dunsfold Park, on Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24, promising the crme de la crme of the motoring world.
Something to take home
Europes largest private mint, the Pobjoy Mint produces commemorative coins for special occasions (including Diamond Jubilees, Olympics etc), among other items. In 2007, Margaret Thatcher witnessed the striking of a Falkland Islands anniversary edition 50p coin there.
In the spotlight
- Over the years, Kingswood has proved to be a haven for professional and retired footballers, with the likes of Fulhams captain Danny Murphy, teammate Steve Sidwell, Stoke Citys Robert Huth, Boltons Nigel Reo-Coker, former Fulham manager Chris Coleman and coach/pundit John Salako all having lived there. Many of them still live there today.
- Cricket legend and TV presenter Phil Tufnell is a prominent local resident with his work as vice-president of the Childrens Trust (see more on them above) keeping him busy.