Hale is a village in Surrey, England between the towns of Farnham and Aldershot excluding the area between the two to the east which is Badshot Lea. On the side of the Farnham clay and sandstone range, Hale is informally divided into Upper and Lower parts. Some housing and roads have views southward towards the Greensand Ridge from Hindhead to Ewhurst. The electoral ward Farnham Upper Hale has a population of 4,241. Often the eastern built-up (low-rise) area, Weybourne is considered separately but both localities share all amenities and form a neatly buffered settlement.
There is evidence that the area has been occupied since the Mesolithic period. Some of the oldest surviving buildings in Hale date from the late 17th century, in the area once known as Hungry Hill.
The oldest place of worship in the village is a chapel built in 1834. St John's Church was founded in 1844. It was paid for by Bishop Sumner and designed by the architect Benjamin Ferrey. Sumner is buried in the churchyard with his wife.
Hale grew rapidly after 1854 when the British Army became established in Aldershot. Many people came to the area seeking employment in building the nearby town and barracks. As the cottages spread, those nearer to Aldershot formed a separate village, which became known as Heath End. In recognition of the services they had rendered, the army gave the villagers of Hale 2 acres (0.81 ha) of land for a new cemetery. St Mark's Church was built near to the cemetery in 1883.
There are two primary schools in Upper Hale, which are:
- Hale School
- Folly Hill Infant School
As well as these, William Cobbett Primary School is also on the outskirts of nearby Weybourne.
There are no secondary schools in Hale, but Farnham Heath End School is very close-by, and All Hallows School is in Weybourne, near to William Cobbett Primary School.
All Higher Education options would be provided by nearby Guildford, Farnham and Farnborough.
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