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Hascombe village, looking towards St Peter's church and The White Horse public house
Hascombe is located in Surrey
 Hascombe shown within Surrey
Population 307 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SU997397
District Waverley
Shire county Surrey
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Godalming
Postcode district GU8
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°09′02″N 0°34′18″W / 51.1505°N 0.5716°W / 51.1505; -0.5716

Hascombe is a village in Surrey, England. It contains a cluster of cottages and country estates, St Peter's church, the village green and The White Horse pub, surrounded by wooded hillsides.

Even by the standards of the surrounding area, Hascombe is remarkably affluent: current and former residents include the film star Dirk Bogarde;[1] Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky;[2] former member of The Jam, Bruce Foxton;[3] television presenter Anthea Turner;[4] actress Billie Piper;[5] boss of McLaren F1 Formula One racing team, Ron Dennis; and broadcaster/producer Chris Evans.[4] It was during a stay at Hoe Farm in 1915 that statesman and future Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill learned to paint.[6]

Hascombe lies approximately midway between Godalming and Cranleigh. Hascombe is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Winkworth Arboretum, with its collection of rare trees and shrubs, is nearby and there are walks through the surrounding hills and along the greensand way.

Above the village is Hascombe Hill which is the site of a ruined hillfort built by the ancient Britons and occupied by them during the 1st century BCE. The word "combe" is derived from cwm meaning "valley" in the Welsh language and this may indicate that the population of Hascombe remained predominantly Brythonic for some time after the surrounding areas had been populated by Anglo-Saxon settlers.

The name of the village is thought to come from Hægscombe meaning valley of the witch or "hag" in Old English. The village was not mentioned by name in the Domesday Book and it is thought to have been part of the manor of Bramley.

The damming of a stream in the 15th Century created the Church Pond, close to which stands the village pub, The White Horse, a 16th/17th century building, with many later additions, constructed from the local Bargate stone.

"Whosoever will let him take the water of life freely". Inscription on the fountain at Hascombe built in 1877 by Edward Lee Rowcliffe in remembrance of his brother Henry.

St Peter's church was rebuilt during the mid-19th century, but retains its medieval screen, made from Jerusalem olive trees and featuring elaborate carvings, and a font dating back to 1690. Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman described the church as "a Tractarian work of art".

Because of its elevation, from 1796 to 1816 Hascombe hosted a station in the shutter telegraph chain which connected the Admiralty in London to its naval ships in Portsmouth.

Hascombe's natural fresh-water spring attracts many visitors: the fountain itself was commissioned in 1887 by local landowner Edward Lee Rowcliffe as a memorial to his late brother.


A History of Hascombe – A Surrey Village by Winifred Ashton

  1. ^ Penny Churchill. "Country houses with history | News - Property News, News from the Countryside and Culture | Houses for sale, properties for sale". Country Life. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  2. ^ "Surrey's richest 50 2009: The top ten | Surrey Life". Surrey.greatbritishlife.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  3. ^ http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/bruce-foxton-former-bassist-jam-6804754#.UyB_A3XRLNs.twitter
  4. ^ a b Jenny Johnston (2009-07-06). "Anthea Turner and Grant Bovey explain how they lost £130m in the blink of an eye | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  5. ^ "Evans on yacht as tragedy strikes | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  6. ^ Gardening (2005-08-08). "Don't lose the plot". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 

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Next station upwards Admiralty Shutter telegraph line 1795 Next station downwards
Netley Heath  Hascombe Blackdown