Leatherhead ~ Surrey Life towns and villages
PUBLISHED: 20:28 12 September 2012 | UPDATED: 18:24 20 February 2013
Legend has it that Queen Elizabeth spent a night in a local public house when the River Mole flooded – quite believable actually, with the river still liable to burst today
Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012
Legend has it that Queen Elizabeth spent a night in a local public house when the River Mole flooded quite believable actually, with the river still liable to burst today
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A historic home
Lord Beaverbrooks Cherkley Court (pictured)is set to become a luxury golf resort if developers have their way. The house and gardens once welcomed the great and the good of Britain.
Highbury and Emma...
Highbury, a place that features in Jane Austens Emma, is very likely to be Leatherhead. It is described in the novel as the large and populous village, almost amounting to a town. Jane visited relatives in Great Bookham during the writing of the novel and would have known Leatherhead well.
Still treading the boards
For many years, the town hosted the much-loved Thorndike theatre, now Leatherhead Theatre. Opened in 1969, it was successful in the 70s and 80s before closing for a number of years.
Bocketts Farm is a working farm with a combination of animals and play areas that make it a popular family destination. Highlights include the pig racing, pony rides, kitchen garden and 18th century barn tearooms. Meanwhile, Surrey Wildlife Trusts Norbury Park is home to the commercial sawmill, Norbury Park Wood Products.
Need to know...
...the Fire and Iron Gallery, which is a mecca for metal maniacs. Owner Lucy Quinnells grandparents and parents were all involved in blacksmithing, and she has amassed an incredible collection of metal art in her 1346 farmhouse buildings.They made the Dorking Cockerel, too.
Vecchia Trattoria (01372 383290) is an independent Italian.
The Running Horse (013723 72081) is a 15th century inn on Bridge Street.
The luxury four-star Woodlands Park Hotel (0845 0727581) is just down the road on the way to Cobham.
Sir Michael Caine is a long-term resident of the town.
Found just off junction 9 of the M25. The station is right in the centre of the town.