Not many towns can boast having had an English king as Lord of the Manor, but Ewell can – in the shape of King William IV – and a reputedly haunted pub was named after him to mark the honour. Ewell also boasts its own lively band of Morris Men – Ewell St. Mary’s Morris Men – who regularly perform throughout the area.
Ewell is a suburban area in the Borough of Epsom & Ewell (named ‘Best place to live 2005’ in Channel 4’s ‘The Best & Worst Places to Live in the UK’, it came eighth in 2006 and third in Location, Location, Location’s ‘Best place to live in the UK’ poll in 2007 and was ranked in the top 10 of the Halifax ‘Quality of Life’ survey in 2011) with a largely commercial but very friendly village centre, with quaint shops, independent coffee houses, restaurants and pubs to enjoy. Several estate agents can be found in the popular town.
Other local neighbourhoods are West Ewell, Ewell Court, East Ewell, Ewell Grove, and Ewell Downs and each has a special character of its own. Epsom is just a short walk from Ewell Village and some of Ewell’s more southerly parts.
Amenities in Ewell
As well as offering some fantastic schools for pupils of all ages – including Ewell Castle and Glyn, Ewell boasts lots of parkland and some great walks around the Spring in Bourne Hall gardens and along the Hogsmill River, (a small tributary of the River Thames) to the far north east of the town, as well as through the historic Nonsuch Park (established by Henry VIII) which it also borders. Ewell lies on the London Outer Orbital Path walking route and despite being distinctly rural, it runs alongside the southern boundary of Greater London and is within the Greater London Urban Area, 12.1 miles from Charing Cross.