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Farncombe Boat House (2012).jpg
Farncombe Boat House, 2012
Farncombe is located in Surrey
 Farncombe shown within Surrey
OS grid reference SU976449
   – London  30 miles (48 km) 
Civil parish Godalming
District Waverley
Shire county Surrey
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
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′46″N 0°36′18″W / 51.196°N 0.605°W / 51.196; -0.605

Farncombe, historically Fernecome, is a village within Godalming, Waverley, Surrey, England and is approximately 0.8 miles (1.3 km) north-east of Godalming centre, separated by common land known as the Lammas Lands. The village of Compton lies 1.8 miles (3 km) to the northwest and Bramley 2 miles (3 km) to the east; whilst Charterhouse School is to the west. Loseley Park, in the hamlet of Littleton, lies 1 mile (1.6 km) to the north of the village.


Farncombe is an ancient site of settlement,[citation needed] archaeological finds from the Bronze age have been found in Northbourne Estate.[1][dead link] 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.[2]

Few older buildings survive as evidence of its long history; among the oldest is a row of almshouses, built in 1622.[3]

One of the older buildings in Farncombe is Farncombe Infants School 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.

In 2013, under the village's borough Waverley, it was judged to have the highest quality of life in Great Britain.[4][5]


Farncombe is part of one of the five wards that make up the town of Godalming. [6] Farncombe is within the census area Godalming Farncombe and Catteshall (Ward) which had a population of 4600 in 2011.[7]

Transport Links[edit]

The Almshouses

Farncombe is served by the Portsmouth-London railway, through Farncombe railway station, and the Hoppa community bus project. It is near the A3, which links the village with London and Portsmouth, and the M25. It lies on the River Wey and canal boats can be hired there taking travelers up to Guildford and beyond.


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


Farncombe Boat House

Farncombe is home to several schools, including:

  • Broadwater school secondary school is on Summers Road. The headmaster is Mr Christopher Lee and there are three houses; Pegasus, Phoenix and Aquilla.[8]
  • Farncombe Infants is on Grays Road. The headteacher is Mrs Andrea Simonsson and there are 5 classes, Apple, Lime, Oak, Beech and Sycamore. This school is primary.[9]
  • The Ladybird Nursery is 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).[10][dead link]

Pubs, Shops and Businesses[edit]

Farncombe is served by a number of traditional English pubs including: The Freeholders,[11] White Hart,[12] The Charterhouse[13] and The Cricketers[14] which has associations with Julius Caesar who played cricket in the area. It is also home to shops and businesses.

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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