Godalming Town History Walks Summer 2020
Due to Government advice the popular walks will not take place in May and June.
However it is hoped we may be able to commence again in July and August but obviously this will depend on the advice at that time. 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).
July 11th – Walk 1 August 8th – Walk 2
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.
Godalming Museum and Godalming Trust Lectures
Wednesday 21 October 2020 The Norman Cathedral of Winchester – its Local, National and International Contexts. By Professor Eric Fernie CBE (Former Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art, London).
Wednesday 18 November 2020 Building Stones of the Godalming Area. By John Talbot
Wednesday 20 January 2021 The 100th Anniversary of Godalming Museum. By Alison Pattison
Wednesday 24 March 2021 Rewriting Pevsner’s ‘Buildings of England – Surrey’ By Charles O’Brien
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 on the door.
PLEASE NOTE THE MUSEUM IS PRESENTLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC