Godalming Town History Walks Summer 2019
The popular walks will take place on the second Saturday of May, June, July and August. There are essentially two walks and they will run on alternate months. See notes below.
All the walks start from the Pepperpot at 2.30pm, no booking is required and they are free. Just turn up. The walks take about 1½ hours and they are fairly easy walking (there is a slight slope in Mill Lane on the approach to Godalming Rail Station).
May 11th – Walk 1 June 8th – Walk 2
July 13th – Walk 1 repeated August 10th – Walk 2 repeated
Walk 1 Looks at the industrial history of the town and the influence it had on the buildings. It ends with a walk up Church Street looking at the timber framed buildings, two of which are 15th Century, eight are 16th, six are 17th, three are 18th, six are 19th and the few remaining are 20th Century.
Walk 2 Will give general background and then set off along the High Street. The High Street was part of the main road between London and Portsmouth and had five coaching inns, The Red Lion, The White Hart (once called The Antelope), The Angel, The Great George and The Kings Arms. With the exception of The Angel, the buildings are still on the High Street though only two as hotels. In 1859 the arrival of the railway gave a quicker route from London to Portsmouth. The walk then continues into Bridge Street.
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Godalming Museum and Godalming Trust Lectures
Wednesday 16 October 2019 Town and gown: Godalming and Charterhouse By Catherine Smith, Charterhouse Archivist.
Wednesday 20 November 2019 Darwin and Huxley’s dilemma By Dr John Bennett, Geologist.
Wednesday 15 January 2020 Norman architecture in England By Professor Eric Fernie CBE (Former Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art, London).
Wednesday 25 March 2020 Saxon life and death – a unique cemetery in Godalming By Rob Poulton, Senior Archaeologist, Surrey County Archaeological Unit.
The lectures take place in the Octagon, (St Peter and St Paul’s Church), Godalming at 7.30 for 8pm. Tickets £5 will be available in the Museum or at the door.
Heritage Open Weekend 2019 – 25th Anniversary of Heritage Open Days
Godalming Heritage Open Weekend 2019 is the 14th -15th September.