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St John the Evangelist's Church, St John's Street, Farncombe (April 2015) (1).JPG
St John's Church, Farncombe
Farncombe is located in Surrey
 Farncombe shown within Surrey
OS grid reference SU977452
Civil parish Godalming
District Waverley
Shire county Surrey
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Godalming
Postcode district GU7
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°11′52″N 0°36′09″W / 51.1977°N 0.6026°W / 51.1977; -0.6026Farncombe is a village in the Borough of Waverley, Surrey, England and administratively part of Godalming with which it is contiguous, across the water meadows, the Lammas lands.[1] Godalming's town centre is 0.8 miles (1.3 km) to the southwest.[2]


Farncombe is an ancient site of settlement, archaeological finds from the Bronze age have been found in Northbourne Estate.[3] Evidence for a Roman Villa has also been found in Binscombe, a local hamlet. In more modern history Farncombe has appeared in Domesday Book of 1086 as Fernecome. It was held by the Bishop of Bayeux. Its domesday assets were: 2 ploughs, 15 acres (61,000 m2) of meadow, woodland worth 3 hogs. It rendered £1 4s 0d.[4] The village lies on the River Wey and canal boats can be hired here taking travelers up to Guildford and beyond.

Few older buildings survive as evidence of its long history; among the oldest is a row of almshouses, built in 1622.[5] Farncombe is within the census area Godalming Charterhouse which has a population of 5,053.[6]

One of the older buildings in Farncombe is Farncombe Infants School situated on Grays Road near Farncombe railway station. It was built by subscription in 1905 and was originally a boys school. The school became an annexe for the infant school in 1975.

Transport Links[edit]

The Almshouses

Farncombe has various transport links, being served by the Portsmouth-London railway, through Farncombe railway station, and the Hoppa community bus project. It is very near the A3, which also links the village with London & Portsmouth, and link to the M25.


Farncombe has a youth football team called FYFC (Farncombe Youth Football Club) for boys and girls from ages 6/7 to 16/17. Farncombe also has a Lesiure Centre called Godalming Lesuire Centre and is home to Godalming Swimming Club. It is also home to Farncombe Cricket Club which is situated along Summers Road.


Farncombe Boat House

Farncombe is home to several schools, including:

  • Broadwater School is situated on Summers Road. The headmaster is Mr Christopher Lee and there are three houses; Pegasus, Phoneix and Aquilla. This school is secondary.[7]
  • Farncombe Infants is situated on Grays Road. The headteacher is Mrs Andrea Simonsson and there are 5 classes, Apple, Lime, Oak, Beech and Sycamore. This school is primary.[8]
  • The Ladybird Nursery is situated on Fern Road. The manager and owner is Mrs Pamela Twocock. This school is of 3 months to the time of full-time education (around 5 years).[9]
  • Loseley Fields is situated on Green Lane. The headteacher is Miss Jill Pearce-Haydon. This is a primary/junior school.[10]

Pubs, Shops and Businesses[edit]

Farncombe is served by a number of traditional English pubs including: The Freeholders,[11] White Hart,[12] The Cricketers[13] and The Charterhouse[14] and is also home to many shops and business.

Jack Phillips[edit]

John George "Jack" Phillips was born in Farncombe. He was an early wireless telegraphist who died while serving as senior wireless operator on board the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. He continued working as the ship sank, trying to contact other ships that might be able come to the assistance of the Titanic.[15] Phillips is commemorated by the Phillips Memorial Garden in Godalming, designed by the famous garden designer Gertrude Jekyll,[16] and a memorial in the St. John the Evangelist Church in Farncombe. The memorial garden which is situated next to the River Wey is one of the biggest memorial gardens in the world for a single Titanic victim.[17]The Jack Phillips pub in Godalming High Street is named after him.

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