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Shere - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013

PUBLISHED: 15:29 16 October 2013 | UPDATED: 15:29 16 October 2013




Widely considered to be one of our most picturesque villages, Shere has a perfect chocolate box tranquillity

Lucky duck

It was sad news when the Lucky Duck tearoom, a previous post-event venue for the Surrey Life Carol Concert, shut last year. Fortunately, however, Christina Collins and Cathy Garthwaite who run The Speckledy Hen a few miles down the road in the village of Shamley Green have resurrected the local icon as The Dabbling Duck.

Traditional sport

Believe it or not but Shere has a historic connection with the all-American sport of baseball. Experts at Surrey History Centre in Woking confirmed back in 2009 that baseball was played in Britain more than 20 years before American independence - and it was all thanks to Shere’s William Bray, who wrote about it in his diary. This is credited as the first ever reference to a game, which was played in Guildford on March 31, 1755. No hot dogs there!

The silver screen

St James Church and its Sir Edwin Lutyens designed lychgate feature in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. The cast of 2006 film The Holiday, starring Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Kate Winslet, also descended on the village.



At the village museum you can learn more about the Shere Dambuster among other local tales. The museum originated as a one-day event in 1984. In an historical aside, an English gentleman named Henry Cole is marked as the man who invented the Christmas card. His was issued in London in 1843 and he retired at Elm Cottage (now Seaforth Cottage) in Shere.

Eat at...

One of Surrey’s finest, Kinghams (01483 202168) serves mouth-watering dishes.

Drink at...

The William Bray (01483 202044) is owned by former racing driver, Julian Bailey.

Stay at...

Rookery Nook bed and breakfast (01483 209 399) is a cosy 15th century grade II listed house in the village.

Getting there...

Shere is found just off the A3. The nearest station is Gomshall, one mile down the road.

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