Godalming is an historic market town with some 22,000 inhabitants. Located in south-west Surrey the town is four miles from Guildford and 30 miles from London. Being on the route from London to Portsmouth the town is close to the A3 and served by two railway stations with regular services to and from London Waterloo.
Godalming has a strong sense of identity and community. Widely considered to be a very desirable place to live the town straddles the River Wey and its most important distinguishing landscape feature is the large water meadow area, central to the town, known as the Lammas Lands. The town has a long history and a built environment that reflects that heritage. There are five conservation areas in and around Godalming and more than 350 listed buildings. The town is still growing with twenty-first century development sitting comfortably beside older buildings.
The administrative area that is Godalming encompasses a number of different communities including Binscombe, Farncombe, Frith Hill, Aarons Hill, Ockford Ridge, Catteshall, Crownpits and (almost all of) Busbridge. Of these special mention is made of Farncombe because that community has a distinctive “village” identity of its own.
For more information about Godalming’s rich history visit the website of the town’s museum.