Lying on the western slopes of the North Downs, Ashtead combines the best in village life with all the advantages of being close to London. A picturesque village in the heart of Surrey, it has a village pond and is surrounded by countryside – some of which is listed as a National Nature Reserve… Yet is close to the M25 and boasts its own railway station, served by both Southern and South West Trains services, offering fast links to London, Guildford and beyond.
With two sets of local shops, four churches and several pubs that are known for their good food as well as the quality of their beer, the Ashtead Village Club which is a C&IU affiliate, a popular youth club, a recreation ground and a skate park, Ashtead is anything but a sleepy village. There is also an active theatre group – Ashtead Players, established for more than 50 years, has two elements: one catering for adults and the other for those aged 12 to 18. The 1st Ashtead Scout Group, which was incorporated in 1920 and is still offering adventurous and educational programmes to young people between the ages of 6 and 18, has some 250 members including young people, adult leaders and supporters. In 1887 Ashtead Cricket Club was founded and has since progressed into the Premier league of the Surrey Championship.
But it is not all about fun… Ashtead has a number of letting agencies and a good selection of schools for children of all ages and they are all performing well, according to OFSTED reports. They include the 150-year-old City of London Freemen’s School, which is set in 57 acres of Ashtead Park.
History of Ashtead
Also in Ashtead Park is St Giles Church, which dates from the 12th century, and Ashtead is mentioned twice in Samuel Pepys’ diaries. According to Wikipedia, part of his entry for 25 July 1663 reads: “I went towards Ashsted, and there we got a lodging in a little hole we could not stand upright in.” We are pleased to report that Ashtead homes – while generally still full of character, are a lot more comfortable now than they were back then…