Living in Leatherhead

 

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What is life like in Leatherhead

Leatherhead is a small and attractive town nestled on the east bank of the River Mole in Surrey. It is a quiet and pleasant spot that is just as suited to young professionals and families as it is older residents seeking a relaxed way of life.

Its location makes it an extremely desirable place to live, as it provides excellent links to London and the rest of the south-east while also acting as the gateway to the magnificent Surrey Hills. This area – which includes Box Hill – shot to fame during the 2012 Olympics in London when it was part of the route for the road cycling race.

The town centre is home to a number of shops, restaurants and pubs, while it also contains several well-marked footpaths that allow people to reach the open countryside in just a few minutes. A large pedestrianised high street means the town can also be easily explored on foot.

There are more than 80 listed buildings that have been picked out as being of special architectural or historic interest in Leatherhead. The parish church of St Mary and St Nicholas dates back to the 11th century and is undoubtedly one of the architectural highlights of the town.

Leatherhead's way of life is peaceful and relaxed and above all it is a friendly town. It also boasts a thriving business community, both in the town centre and at the Mole Business Park a short distance away.

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History

History

It is thought that Leatherhead dates back to the Anglo-Saxon period, with the Domesday Book making a reference to the church of Leatherhead. The early settlers are believed to have based themselves on the east side of the River Mole.

King Henry III granted the town a royal charter to host a weekly market and annual fair in 1248, and it soon built a reputation as a key location in the agricultural industry. There was a large fire in 1392, although thankfully the town escaped relatively unscathed.

Leatherhead has always been a focal point for people on the move, as it lies in an area where transport routes from the north, east, south and west meet. Among the key points in its history were the construction of the bridge over the river, the days of the Swan Hotel and the building of the M25.

The most famous resident of Leatherhead is Sir Michael Caine, who told Surrey Life Magazine in 2013 that he loves the greenery and peaceful surroundings found in the town.

Days out

Entertainment, sport and days out

The Leatherhead Theatre is a purpose-built facility that has provided a cultural hub in the town for 45 years and continues to host a range of high-quality productions. It also acts as a venue for many local shows and exhibitions.

Art enthusiasts must visit the Studio Art House, where a range of 20th century and contemporary pieces are on display. And the Fire & Iron Gallery is another not to be missed, with its exhibition of metalwork and jewellery by both local and international designers.

A large number of local events are held each year, providing the community with ample opportunity to get together to enjoy themselves. The Leatherhead Annual Duck Race in July is a particular favourite.

Thrill seekers will no doubt wish to make frequent visits to Chessington World of Adventures, one of the UK's premier theme parks, as it lies just four miles from Leatherhead town centre.

Leatherhead Leisure Centre has benefited from a £12.6 million revamp in recent years and now offers state-of-the-art facilities. It houses a gym, swimming pool, basketball courts, therapy room and health suite.

Things to do

Eating, drinking & shopping

Leatherhead is home to some wonderful restaurants, located in beautiful settings. These include the Chaba Thai Restaurant, Five Rivers, Vecchia Trattoria, Zen Garden and Caesars American Restaurant.

The pedestrianised nature of the high street and part of Church Street makes Leatherhead a pleasant place to shop. Its facilities are centred on the Swan Shopping Centre, which contains a large Sainsbury’s supermarket and a number of other high street names such as Boots, Next, WH Smith and Dorothy Perkins.

One of the most appealing features of shopping in Leatherhead is the presence of large national stores alongside small independent boutiques. This ensures an eclectic experience is had by all visitors and every need is catered for.

Schools

Schools & healthcare

Leatherhead boasts direct rail links to both Victoria and Waterloo stations in London, with both routes offering journey times of less than 45 minutes. From there, it is possible to use the Tube or bus network to reach any part of the capital.

The town also enjoys a prime location in terms of road links, as it is positioned just minutes from Junction 9 of the M25. It is between Heathrow and Gatwick airports, sitting around 20 miles from each.

In addition, an excellent local bus service ensures residents can get out and about in Surrey and visit some of the other quintessentially English towns and villages found in the county.

Getting around

Getting around

Leatherhead boasts direct rail links to both Victoria and Waterloo stations in London, with both routes offering journey times of less than 45 minutes. From there, it is possible to use the Tube or bus network to reach any part of the capital.

The town also enjoys a prime location in terms of road links, as it is positioned just minutes from Junction 9 of the M25. It is between Heathrow and Gatwick airports, sitting around 20 miles from each.

In addition, an excellent local bus service ensures residents can get out and about in Surrey and visit some of the other quintessentially English towns and villages found in the county.