Hascombe village, looking towards St Peter's church and The White Horse public house
Hascombe shown within Surrey
|Area||5.25 km2 (2.03 sq mi)|
|Population||307 (Civil Parish)|
|- Density||58 /km2 (150 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||South West Surrey|
Hascombe is a rural and semi-rural 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, green-buffed between wooded hillsides of the Greensand Ridge in Surrey, England.
Even by the standards of the surrounding area, Hascombe is remarkably affluent: current and former residents include the film star Dirk Bogarde; Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky; television presenter Anthea Turner; actress Billie Piper; boss of McLaren F1 Formula One racing team, Ron Dennis; and broadcaster/producer Chris Evans.
Hascombe is situated 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 BC. 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 considered 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.
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".
Demography and housing
|Output area||Detached||Semi-detached||Terraced||Flats and apartments||Caravans/temporary/mobile homes||shared between households|
The average level of accommodation in the region composed of detached houses was 28%, the average that was apartments was 22.6%.
|Output area||Population||Households||% Owned outright||% Owned with a loan||hectares|
The proportion of households in the civil parish who owned their home outright compares to the regional average of 35.1%. The proportion who owned their home with a loan compares to the regional average of 32.5%. The remaining % is made up of rented dwellings (plus a negligible % of households living rent-free).
A History of Hascombe – A Surrey Village by Winifred Ashton
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- Jenny Johnston (2009-07-06). "Anthea Turner and Grant Bovey explain how they lost £130m in the blink of an eye | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
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