Brook, Surrey

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Brook
Brook is located in Surrey
Brook
Brook
 Brook shown within Surrey
OS grid reference SU9300838149
District Waverley
Shire county Surrey
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Godalming
Postcode district GU5
Dialling code 01483
Police Surrey
Fire Surrey
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament South West Surrey
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Coordinates: 51°08′06″N 0°40′19″W / 51.135070°N 0.672054°W / 51.135070; -0.672054

Brook is a hamlet in the Waverley district in south-west Surrey. It is in the far west of Wormley, beyond Sandhills with which it avoids being contiguous due to a narrow, partly woodland buffer. Brook straddles the A286 single carriageway road between Milford and Haslemere.

On slightly lower slopes of the Greensand Ridge than to the south, Brook is almost wholly within the Surrey Hills area of outstanding natural beauty.

Amenities[edit]

A cricket match in front of the Pirrie hall during the 2013 drought

Brook has a cricket ground adjoining a community hall (the Pirrie Hall) and a pub, the Dog and Pheasant.

The Pirrie Hall dates from May 1923. It was built and given to the community by Lord Pirrie K.P. “for the use and benefit of the inhabitants of the hamlets of Brook, Sandhills and adjoining district”. The maintenance of the hall is financed in part by a community association organising the annual May Bank Holiday Brook Fete.[1]

Cricket club[edit]

Brook was the origin of the Woodworm cricket bat used by Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pieterson in the 2005 Ashes winning series. The club is among multiple claimants to have hosted the first person to bowl overarm.[2]

After leaving the Surrey Championship Cricket league in 2012. Brook Cricket Club re-structured over the winter of 2012/13 and re-entered league cricket in the I'Anson Cricket league, a very old cricket league. It formed a colts section and by the end of its first year had 46 Colts (young cricketers) playing for them. In their first year of playing together the Under 9's team won their local league age group.[1] In 2013 Brook CC won its division in the league, gaining promotion to division five. In 2014 65 young cricketers played for their respective age groups. In 2014 Brook CC again won its division gaining promotion to division 4 of the I'Anson cricket league, they also got through to the final of the league's evening cup competition narrowly losing in the final against a 1st Division side.

Famous residents[edit]

Brook was the home to Pakistan Premier Bhutto who stole money to buy Rockwood Estate and then lavishly kitted the entire place out in crap at the top of the hill and yes there is a copy of the Dog and Pheasant Bar downstairs in the cellar.[3] Brook over the years has seen many comings and goings but one of the most outstanding things Brook is accountable for after the Woodworm Cricket bat is the famous "manbag" modelled by local soak AJ Galloway or "dear boy " as he is better known.

Brook was the home to Asif Zardari, husband of former Pakistan Premier Benazir Bhutto, who bought the Rockwood Estate in 1995.[4]

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