Westcott shown within Surrey
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The village receives the Pipp Brook from Wotton Common (rising south to Leith Hill), which then flows by the village centre to the north flowing into Dorking. As such the village founded around its road and mill and rests in a valley at the foot of the steep slopes of Ranmore and the North Downs to the north and Greensand Ridge to the south. Some of the village is in the Surrey Hills AONB and it is on the 2012 Olympic Cycle route.
Many pre-1800 listed building homes including some that are thatched are in the lanes leading off the A25, including Leslie Howard's (actor 1893–1943) Stowe Maries (built in the 1550s) in Balchins Lane. Milton Street and Westcott Street lead to several more old buildings. The Church of the Holy Trinity is Grade II* as it was commissioned to be designed 1851, by Sir George Gilbert Scott made of knapped flint with ashlar quoins/dressings. Its spire has a clock, weather vane and bells.
Economy and amenities
The average distance travelled to work is 17 kilometres (11 mi) and a sizeable chunk of the population is retired.
Of the original three public houses The Prince of Wales remains. The Crown finally closed in September 2011. Bay Leaf, a popular Indian restaurant is a feature of the village, an ingenious reinvention of the rather old public house, The Cricketers.
It has an art gallery, a number of small stores, a bicycle shop and two general stores, one with a small post office. The village is busy with cyclists every weekend as the area offers some of the best mountain biking in Southern England.
Westcott's village school celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2004. In 2010 it was merged with the nearby Abinger Common to create a two-campus school known as the Surrey Hills Church of England Primary School.
In 2009 a skate ramp and football goals were installed in the village park.
Westcott's main claim to fame is long term resident Richard Wallace who is an obsessive collector and hoarder. His hoarding is so extreme that local residents and councillors tried to take him to high court for "destroying their idyllic village" to try to force him to clear up his mess which has now flooded out of his two houses into his garden and neighbouring areas, however he defended himself in court and won.
Wallace was the subject of Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder, a Channel 4 TV documentary shown on 21 December 2011, in which viewers got to look into his life and home and experience his extreme hoarding first hand. Most rooms in his house are filled floor to ceiling with old newspapers, cardboard and plastic bottles.
Residents of Westcott have since tried to help him clear up the mess.
- Census data
- English Heritage search for Westcott
- English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1227892)". National Heritage List for England. Church of The Holy Trinity
- 2001 census table
- Bay Leaf Dorking
- Channel 4
Media related to Westcott, Surrey at Wikimedia Commons
- Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder Channel 4 programme that features Westcott, reviewed here
- Court victory for eccentric homeowner Daily Mail story about Westcott resident
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