Leatherhead

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The historic market town of Leatherhead is centrally located in Surrey and forms part of the Mole Valley district on the River Mole. Thought to be of Saxon origin, this pleasant town boasts a thriving town centre with an abundance of activities and facilities to accommodate all requirements and interests. Although Leatherhead is not a large town, it boasts a surprising selection of activities and events which draw visitors from the neighbouring towns and villages.

Leatherhead’s proximity to the breathtaking Surrey Hills has proved to be the southern epicenter for literary inspiration throughout history. Jane Austen frequently visited relatives in the neighbouring village of Great Bookham whilst writing her novel ‘Emma’; ‘the large and populous village, almost amounting to a town’ as described by Austen is considered by many to be a description of Leatherhead itself. A celebration of such literary associations are exhibited in the aptly named Edmund Tylney pub in the High Street and inside the walls are illustrated with many of the great figures of the literary world who visited or lived in Leatherhead, including not only Jane Austen but also C S Lewis.

As the gateway to the magnificent Surrey Hills, marked walking routes and various paths lead from the town centre to open countryside including Box Hill, now made world famous for it’s major part in the London 2012 Olympic road cycle race.

The centrally located Leatherhead Theatre offers an extensive array of entertainment such as family shows, comedy, musicals and drama alongside the latest films. Leatherhead’s most famous resident is Oscar winning Sir Michael Caine who lives in the town and is both a patron of the theatre and the Annual Leatherhead Drama Festival.

The pedestrianised High Street makes for easy access to the town centre and Swan Shopping Centre which includes national retailers such as Boots, WH Smith, Sainsbury’s supermarket and a Waitrose Local can be found in Church Street opposite the theatre.    

There are numerous recreational facilities in and around Leatherhead including the recently refurbished Leisure Centre and a Nuffield private members health club in the town centre. Nearby golf clubs include Tyrrells Wood, Effingham Golf Club, Leatherhead Golf Club and Walton Heath at Walton on the Hill. Leatherhead has its own football club known locally as ‘The Tanners’. The town also has a successful cricket club with a wide range of teams for all ages and abilities.

Leatherhead boasts the perfect balance between rural living whilst still benefitting from it’s proximity to London and the national motorway network being just off junction 9 of the M25. Heathrow and Gatwick International airports are within easy reach with Leatherhead being almost equidistant between the two. The mainline railway station takes trains from Guildford and Dorking with frequent commuter services through into central London (London Victoria or London Waterloo) with journey times of less than 45 minutes.

Leatherhead has evolved to become a successful business centre; home to many national and international companies including KBR, Unilever and Exxon Mobil.

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