Lingfield ~ Surrey Life towns and villages
PUBLISHED: 20:47 12 September 2012 | UPDATED: 20:30 20 February 2013
While the expansion of Lingfield Park racecourse has firmly put the town on the map, Lingfield has plenty of its own history to explore too – as well as some great pubs
Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012
While the expansion of Lingfield Park racecourse has firmly put the town on the map, Lingfield has plenty of its own history to explore too as well as some great pubs
Did you know?
Notre Dame School was founded in 1940 by three of the School Sisters of Notre Dame who arrived in Lingfield from Faversham with 14 World War Two evacuees. The school now supports over 800 pupils.
The British Wildlife Centre is home to some 50 species of native wildlife, from foxes and hedgehogs to otters. Dame Judi Dench is a keen supporter and Chris Packham visited this year to open a new nocturnal house enclosure. The centre opens every weekend and public holiday from March to the end of October
A prominent feature at the heart of the village is the cage, which was used as a temporary jail for minor felons in the 1700s and 1800s. It is dominated by a hollow but fully-leafed oak tree, which is thought to be over 400 years old.
Get your wings
There is a pretty thatched cottage that once belonged to WE Johns, the creator of Biggles. The deeds of the house stipulate that an unusual collection of Biggles adventure books must remain with it.
While youre there...
Lingfield Park racecourse, which was opened in 1890 by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) who allowed them to use his feathers in their official heading.
The award-winning The Wiremill (01342 832263), on Wiremill Lane, is set in a stunning lakeside location. On occasion, you may spot the odd waterskier.
By the village cage, youll find The Old Cage pub (01342 834271) with a good selection of cask ales.
Lingfield Park racecourses 29million, four-star Marriott Hotel & Country Club (01342 830930).
Dame Judi Dench lives nearby.
Lingfield is 15 minutes by road from the M25 and less than an hours train ride to London. The station is at the edge of the village.