The town of Farnham in Surrey sits 42 miles southwest of London. This strategically located town has been the home of every culture of man all the way to the beginning of time. This area has witnessed the evolution of man from cave man to modern day.
Farnham And Paeolithic Man
There is evidence that this area was used by the Paleolithic man 40, 000 years ago. There has also been evidence unearthed, several prehistoric Long barrows, community graves, have been found, traces of tools and the remains of a Flint Knapping industry, that indicates that the first settlement in the area that is now Farnham was developed 7, 000 years ago and that man has used this area for cultivation and trade in all that time.
The Harrow Way Trade Route And Pottery
Farnhams named is derived from the Saxon name of Feamhomme which means Ferns in the waters meadows. This name gives a great indication of the terrain that exists in this area. For lovers of the great outdoors this is a great area to visit and to enjoy the countryside. There are several beautiful parks, including Farnham Park which borders the Surrey hills. There is also the long distance path known as the North Downs which runs from Farnham to Dover and provides some great hiking.
It is believed that part of what made this area so significant was its access to rivers and its fertility of the soil. Routes such as the Harrow Way provided access to other settlements enabling trade to take place.
One of the major industries in Farnham in the early days of its formation was the pottery industry. There is evidence of Kilns and other remnants that would have been used under the Roman control of England after 50AD. One of the pottery establishments was the Alice Forest Pottery artisans and it is believed that this group of artisans was in existence for over 400 years.
Farnham is a market town and has many shops located along the running through West Street, The Borough and East Street. The town has a significant number of independent retailers, some of which have been in business since the nineteenth century, such as Rangers Furnishing Stores (est. 1895), Elphicks department store (est. 1881) and Pullingers (est. 1850). The latter evolved into the Pullingers Art Shop chain and is thought to be Farnham’s oldest surviving business. There are also all of the other local shops you would find in any town, such as Florists, Garages, Opticians, Locksmith, Bookstores etc.
Outstanding Architecture And The Bishops Of Winchester
Another outstanding beauty of the area is the architecture. It is resplendent with some great treasures such as Farnham castle. The castle was built in 1138 by Henri De Blois the grandson of William the conqueror and for over 800 years was given to the Bishops of Winchester. Throughout the centuries it has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times but still exists to this day and some sections of it can be toured.
“Location location location” is an one of those very overused cliches but where you choose to live is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your life
Surrey UK – Why Move Here?
Surrey is a county in South East England and is one of the home counties. It shares borders with Kent to the east, East Sussex to the south-east, West Sussex to the south, Hampshire to the west and south-west, and Berkshire to the north-west and Greater London to the north-east. The county town is Guildford. Surrey County Council sits outside its jurisdiction in Kingston upon Thames, a town which has been administered as part of Greater London since 1965. With a resident population of 1.1 million, Surrey is the most densely populated and third-most-populous county in the South East region.
So if you are looking at relocating to Surrey, then you are in good company with the other 1.1 million people that Surrey has attracted. Surrey is the home of the Wentworth Golf Course, and it also has the highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of any county in the United Kingdom.
Buying A Property In Surrey
Buying a property can be one of the most rewarding and personal processes that you can take on. Finding the perfect home can be enjoyable and great fun, but there can also be a lot of stress involved as well.
Due to its location near to London, Heathrow and Gatwick airports and superb access to major road routes such as the M25, M3, M23 and rail services that run frequently into Central London Surrey is known for being a wealthy county. Which then it is not surprising that according to the Land Registry government website the average property price in Surrey can be approximately double that of a similar home elsewhere in the UK. So depending on your budget you might have to shop around to find a house that you like in Surrey.
What Are The Requirements For Your New Home?
Surrey has everything from bustling towns to quite little villages so apart from your budget you need to decide on the types of features you would like the house to have. Also what type of property are you looking for? A quaint cottage, semi detached, new build etc, Do you have, or are you planning on a family so need a 3 bedroom house? Do you need a garage, or a big garden? All of these ideas need to be planned out prior to you starting to look for your property.
What Type Of Area Would You Like To Live In?
Another important consideration is the type of area you want to live in. Some people prefer the hustle and bustle of living in the centre of a major town such as Guildford or Woking, others might feel more at home in one of the smaller villages such as Bagshot in Surrey Heath. Here is a list of the towns and villages of Surrey by population to give you some idea of where to live.
Are you going to be commuting into London so need to be near one of the many train stations such as Sutton,Guildford or Addlestone? What about local schools, colleges and other amenities, such as GP, Dentist, Locksmith, Optician etc?
Shortlist The Houses And The Areas
Try and view as many properties as possible that are within (or close to) your criteria. The more properties you view, the higher chance of finding the perfect place for you and your family.
Any properties that you come across that you like you need to shortlist them and then work out the pros and cons for each. Once you have short listed a couple of houses, then act quickly and start making offers before someone else does.
I hope this little over view will help you in your house hunting in the beautiful county of Surrey UK.
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