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Warlingham: Surrey village life

PUBLISHED: 16:22 06 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:18 20 February 2013

Warlingham: Surrey village life

Warlingham: Surrey village life

Located high on a hill, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it's hard to believe that the village of Warlingham is only half an hour away by train from central London

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine October 2012

Located high on a hill, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, its hard to believe that the village of Warlingham is only half an hour away by train from central London

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Village voice
Twenty seven years ago my wife said she wanted to view a house in Warlingham and I had better take along my cheque book, says parish councillor, David Cooley. We have never fallen out of love with Warlingham and the wonderful views to Marden Park and across the Halliloo Valley. Warlingham is virtually surrounded by our precious Green Belt and, despite being only half an hour by train to Victoria or London Bridge, it retains a wonderful village spirit and community pride.

Did you know?
The Halliloo Valley, with its wooded hillsides, was known during the Battle of Britain as bombers alley, so-called because it was on a direct route for enemy bombers on their way to London. Fighter stations were located at nearby Biggin Hill and Kenley.

@ the village hall...
The charity that has now become Warlingham Village Hall began in the late 1800s as Warlingham Village Club, a self-improvement club for the working men of the parish. These days, they host a motley crew of collectives, including the WI, horticultural society, an art group and a martial arts club.

Making the headlines
One of the oldest naturist clubs in the country, The White House Club was founded in 1933 in Warlingham and is still going strong.

Grab a bite
Found by the triangular village green, French/British restaurant Chez Vous (01883 620451) has become a destination for gourmets far and wide: theyve even got accommodation for those who have enjoyed the hospitality a little too much. There is also an unusual concentration of pubs in Warlingham (four to be precise) largely due to the fact that neighbouring villages (including Sanderstead, Woldingham and Farleigh) dont have any of their own.

Did you know 2?
Warlingham Park Hospital was a psychiatric hospital, opened in 1903 as the Croydon Mental Hospital reputedly the first institution to be called a mental hospital. The hospital closed in February 1999 and has since been redeveloped as an up-market housing estate called Greatpark. The Grade II listed water tower is all that remains of the former hospital.

Something to take home...
Dales on the Green (01883 627306) specialises in gifts from the heart and esoteric objets dart.

In the spotlight...
Sir Joseph Swan, the inventor of the incandescent light bulb, lived in Warlingham and is in fact buried in All Saints Churchyard.

Getting there...
Found off the M25 at junction 6 by the A22, the closest train station is in neighbouring Whyteleafe.

Get in touch...
... with your Warlingham news and what makes the village special to you @ www.facebook.com/surreylifeand www.twitter.com/surreylife.

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