Limpsfield ~ Surrey Life towns and villages
PUBLISHED: 21:28 13 September 2012 | UPDATED: 20:20 20 February 2013
Located in the shadow of the North Downs near the Titsey Estate, Limpsfield is a picturesque village with easy access to three important national rights of way: Vanguard Way, Pilgrims' Way and Greensand Way.
Originally published in November 2011
Located in the shadow of the North Downs near the Titsey Estate, Limpsfield is a picturesque village with easy access to three important national rights of way: Vanguard Way, Pilgrims' Way and Greensand Way. With Limpsfield Common owned by the National Trust and Staffhurst Wood by the Woodlands Trust also on the doorstep, it is the perfect place to escape for a little fresh country air
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Home on the hill
On the outskirts of the village youll find the stunning Hogwarts-esque St Michaels - a Grade II listed building originally constructed in Victorian times as a school for the children of missionaries and later becoming a private girls school. It was converted into apartments in 2000.
In 1998, the Memorial Stores and Post Office was in danger of closing. Village residents wanted to continue to have a local shop and PO and decided to save it. Up to fifty village volunteers help run the rest of the business, each signing up for taking a two-hour slot each week.
The composer Frederick Delius is buried in the churchyard of St. Peter's, as is the conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham, whose supported and promoted his music.
To the manor born
The Manor House was probably built by Samuel Savage circa 1775 and, while not a manor house per se (in that there was no Lord of the Manor and no Manor Estate lands) it was a girls school from 1896 to 1968. Subsequently, like the aforementioned St Michaels, it was converted into apartments.
While youre there...
Most noted for...
That musical graveyard
Limpsfield Common, where Major Baden-Powell and Colonel Cody were said to fly man-lifting kites from the common in the days when men were learning to fly.
Kiarans bar and restaurant (01883 818929), formerly the popular Alexanders.
The Bull freehouse (01883 713402), which offers a good range of wine and beer in a gastropub environment.
The Croft bed and breakfast (01883 713605) on Quarry Road in nearby Oxted.
Move there for
And get: A two double bedroom end of terrace grade ll listed cottage.
Colin Cowdrey, former England cricket captain, resided in the village for many years.
Just off junction 6 of the M25 with the A25 passing near by. Oxted station is the closest to the village.