Living in Redhill

 

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What is life like in Redhill

Redhill enjoys an extremely handy location, positioned in a gap in the North Downs and just a few miles from the M25. It boasts a busy railway station with direct links to central London and a thriving town centre with many excellent amenities.

The town was first created in conjunction with a toll road that opened in 1818, and when the railway arrived in 1844 Redhill began to grow as a key destination just outside London. It is positioned around 23 miles from the centre of the capital.

While many people think of Redhill as a joint settlement with nearby Reigate, it is important to remember they actually have very different characteristics. The council has outlined its intention to regenerate some parts of the town centre and there are already several pedestrianised streets.

For affordable, high-quality housing just a short distance from London, there are few options as attractive as Redhill.

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History

History

Redhill was founded in the same valley of the North Downs in which the London to Brighton road passes through. A town was formed when a turnpike road was built in 1818 and it was originally known as Warwick Town, before being named Redhill when the post office moved there from Red Hill Common.

In 1855, the Royal Earlswood Hospital relocated to Redhill from London and it has played a key part in the town's history. Indeed, two of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's cousins who had learning difficulties lived at the hospital for about 40 years.

The construction of the M23 in the 1970s was a further boost for Redhill as it drastically reduced the amount of traffic that was travelling north-south through the town.

In Redhill itself, the Harlequin boasts a cinema and theatre, which puts on a number of live performances throughout the year. It is the best place in the town to enjoy anything from music to drama, comedy and opera.

The Donyngs Leisure Centre in Linkfield Lane has had a £4 million refurbishment in recent years and boasts a gym, swimming pool and other workout facilities.

A trip to nearby Reigate is another option for Redhill residents, as the town is home to a number of fascinating caves that are waiting to be explored. These have been opened to the public by the Wealden Cave and Mine Society.

About a Boy and Fever Pitch author Nick Hornby was born in Redhill in 1957, while other famous residents over the years have included Dame Judi Dench and Edwina Currie.

Days out

Entertainment, sport and days out

Many entertainment options exist within Redhill and the rest of Surrey, with plenty of open green spaces providing a haven for those who love outdoor activities. Earlswood Common as well as the North Downs and Greensand Way are among the most beautiful destinations in the region.

Redhill is going through something of a facelift at the moment, with money being pumped into the town in order to improve its fortunes. This has already had an effect and it is sure to help the area advance in the coming months and years.

A new square is at the heart of the development and this is sure to provide a great place for locals to socialise and dine together. Among the eateries that are highly recommended in Redhill are the Joshua Treet, the Pendleton and the Pop Inn Cafe.

At the heart of Redhill is the Belfry Shopping Centre, which houses a branch of several major outlets such as Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury's. There is also a market on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday, where residents can pick up a bargain or some local produce.

Things to do

Eating, drinking & shopping

There are plenty of high-quality private and state schools in Redhill, as well as more in neighbouring Reigate. Ofsted has judged several of the institutions to be 'outstanding' in its most recent round of inspections. These include Dovers Green, St John's, Earlswood Infants and Reigate Primary.

When it comes to secondary schools, the best-performing institution in the region is Reigate School, while Reigate College is also said to be achieving an incredibly high standard of education.

Reigate St Mary's is part of Reigate Grammar and this is one of the top two private schools in the area, along with Dunottar.

East Surrey Hospital, which lies just to the south of Redhill, is the largest medical institution in the area and will cater for all health needs. Whether people have an accident or are suffering from a long-term illness, they will find the help they need at the facility.

Schools

Schools & healthcare

There are plenty of high-quality private and state schools in Redhill, as well as more in neighbouring Reigate. Ofsted has judged several of the institutions to be 'outstanding' in its most recent round of inspections. These include Dovers Green, St John's, Earlswood Infants and Reigate Primary.

When it comes to secondary schools, the best-performing institution in the region is Reigate School, while Reigate College is also said to be achieving an incredibly high standard of education.

Reigate St Mary's is part of Reigate Grammar and this is one of the top two private schools in the area, along with Dunottar.

East Surrey Hospital, which lies just to the south of Redhill, is the largest medical institution in the area and will cater for all health needs. Whether people have an accident or are suffering from a long-term illness, they will find the help they need at the facility.

Getting around

Getting around

Redhill's greatest strength from a transport perspective is its proximity to the M25, as it sits just a few miles from the road. This means access to both London and the rest of the south-east is easy and fast.

There are also excellent train services from Redhill to the capital, with services taking around 35 minutes to reach Victoria. It is also possible to head to London Bridge and Blackfriars by changing at Reigate.

A local bus service makes it easy for people to travel around Redhill and to neighbouring towns such as Reigate and Dorking.