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Exploring Godalming

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Sunday, 8 January, 2017
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Godalming Railway Station Godalming GU7 1EU


Join the Chairman of Surrey Hills Society, Chris Howard on a gentle stroll around some of the hidden gems of Godalming town. We will be walking around key sites.  Walk off the Christmas excesses with this short, relatively flat walk (approximately 2 miles).

The town has existed, at least since Saxon times.   It is mentioned in the will of King Alfred the Great in 899.  “Godhelms Ingus” roughly translated as “the family of Godhelm”, and probably referred to one of the first lords of the manor. It is stated that in the collection of the King of Denmark are two Pennies of Ethelred II which were coined in Godalming.  The founder of the colony of Georgia, James Oglethorpe, was born in Godalming.

The town came to world attention in September 1881, when it became the first town in the world to have installed a public electricity supply. Floods in 1881 caused problems and in the end the town reverted to gas. Electricity returned to the town in 1904.

Godalming has an interesting memorial garden dedicated to Jack Phillips, the radio operator on the “Titanic”. The memorial was designed by Edwin Lutyens and the landscape designer was Gertrude Jekyll – two giants of the Arts and Crafts movement for which Surrey is so famous.

In recent years Godalming has been ranked the UK’s third most desirable property hotspot and voted the fourth best area of the UK in which to live.

Meet us at Godalming Railway Station (GU7 1EU) from 10.30am for 11.00am prompt start and a 12.30pm finish. We will end the walk with an optional drink/lunch at the Jack Phillips (Wetherspoons) pub, Godalming.  Dogs are welcome on the walk but not in the pub.

Booking is essential for all our events. You do not need to be a members of the Society. For further details and enquiries, contact info@surreyhillssociety.org  or Chris Howard on 07879841000 to book your free place on this event.



Please note that the Surrey Hills Society and its Event partners accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or personal injury during events. Participants are requested to wear appropriate clothing and footwear and take due care and attention. The Society uses member’s photographs on social media and on our website.  If you are not happy to have your photo taken during this event, please notify us in writing prior to the event and make the event organiser aware on the day.