Outwood: Surrey village life

PUBLISHED: 11:06 10 September 2013 | UPDATED: 11:06 10 September 2013

Outwood Mill

Outwood Mill


Best known for its windmill, Outwood is also home to three pubs and one or two famous faces – and with the village show this month, now is the perfect time to visit

Village voice…

“For a small village of only around 500 residents, Outwood is a welcoming and sociable community, with clubs and societies for both young and old,” says Lucinda Charlesworth, Outwood Parish Clerk. “Outwood Cricket Club has a number of league and non league teams and is a sociable friendly club, the WI is very active, and there are film clubs, book clubs and even a scrabble club! The Outwood Horticultural Society runs a number of events, including two popular horticultural shows each year.”

Did you know?

While Outwood is best known for its famous windmill, the oldest working mill in England, which was built by John Budgen in 1665, it is less common knowledge that the village had a close association with the famous Lord John Sanger’s Circus. The circus had its winter quarters at Burstow Lodge Farm from 1900 to 1940 and elderly villagers recall the occasions when young elephants were walked to the Castle Inn by their keeper.

Grab a bite…

Thoroughly well stocked when it comes to hostelries, the village’s pubs have an interesting history too. “The Bell is the oldest of the three village pubs and can be dated to at least 1785,” says local history society chairman, Mike Johnson. “Between 1802 and 1818, the licensee was William Jupp, the entrepreneurial owner of the nearby windmill, who was able to profit by slaking the thirst of the local farmers who brought their grain for milling. The pub now called the Dog & Duck was created by William Lambert, one of the most famous cricketers in the country in the early 1800s, and it is believed he established the first cricket club/pitch in the village opposite the pub. There is also the Castle, the earliest record of which is from 1867.” 

Did you know 2?
From the 12th century, there was a large hunting park in the north of the village that was later split into a number of farms as part of Burstow Park Manor. This was in turn purchased by Alfred Lloyd, a wealthy stockbroker who then created the Harewood Estate, which was later bequeathed to the National Trust. Today, the area offers numerous countryside walking opportunities.

Something to take home… The only shop in the village, The Outwood Butchers is a fourth generation family business with roots in Market Bosworth, Warwickshire, dating back to 1891. Whether looking for prime cuts or perfect pies, they offer the very best that local farmers can muster. They are also fully licensed with a fine selection of wines.

In the spotlight…

Away from the Hollywood screens and red carpets, Dame Judi Dench enjoys the quiet life in the village. Last year, she joined 1,500 people at the annual Outwood Show, which takes place on Saturday August 31 at the Lloyd Hall & Grounds in Brickfield Road, and will feature morris dancers, dog displays, Lingfield Silver Band and much more.

Getting there…

The village of Outwood is found just off the M23 near Horley and Redhill in the east of Surrey. The nearest train station is a couple of miles away in Salfords.

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