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Interesting Historical Sites To Visit in Cobham
Cobham’s Old Days
Cobham, which is close to London, was historically referred to as a “creature of the Mole” and the river gave the area its identity as well as the rural ambiance that is still present. It was made up of three different settlements: Church Cobham, Street Cobham, and Downside. Cobham’s first settlements were found on Leigh Hill.
In 1942, a bathhouse was discovered at Chatley Farm, and it showed signs of Roman occupancy. By the time of the Domesday Book, Cobham had moved to its current location, and recent studies seem to back up the idea that the Abbot Chertsey, who owned the manor, designed the settlement’s layout based on the early mediaeval period. The historic parish church, St. Andrew, Cobham’s oldest structure dating to the 12th century, served as the centre of this residential community.
From Cobham Mill, one of the few water mills in Surrey that still works, to the beautiful Painshill Park and the rebuilt semaphore tower on Chatley Heath, the town has grown and changed the area around it.
Transportation in Cobham
Many commuters love Cobham. It is conveniently situated about 25 miles from London, near the A3, with a direct connection to junction 10 of the M25. A 40-minute drive will take you to Heathrow and Gatwick airports. You can go directly to London Waterloo from the train stations in Cobham. It’s also only 30 minutes away if you can access the Esher or Surbiton trains nearby.
With a bustling local economy and a thriving sense of community, Cobham has everything on hand to make everyday life a pleasure. Many people migrate to the area to take advantage of the educational opportunities because of the good schools available for all levels.
People are drawn to the area because of the high quality of the private and public schools in the vicinity, which include Feltonfleet, Danes Hill in Oxshot, Reed’s, and Parkside, as well as St Matthew’s, Cobham Free School, The ACS Cobham International School, and St Matthew’s.
Historical Sites in Cobham
There are many interesting places to see in Cobham that will keep you busy while you are there. Here are a few examples.
This pretty mill from the early 19th century is placed in a lovely location just on the banks of the River Mole. It is Surrey’s only remaining, fully operational watermill and is Grade II listed. It was formerly a portion of a much bigger mill complex that stood next to it. Its rural setting next to the nearby weirs, views of the surrounding fields and countryside, and variety of wildlife make it a great place to explore at your own pace.
Visiting Painshill, an 18th-century landscape garden, is a great day trip for all ages. An artwork surrounded by pathways that lead to breathtaking views. You can stroll around Serpentine Lake and through a forest to see magnificent garden houses.
Charles Hamilton modelled Painshill after Renaissance landscape paintings. The 160-acre masterpiece has something for everyone. Explore the Crystal Grotto, Gothic Temple, Ruined Abbey, Turkish Tent, and Gothic Tower.
Chatley Heath Semaphore Tower
Semaphore Tower was built in 1822, after the famous Battle of Waterloo.
This Grade II*-listed brick building is the only semaphore tower left in Britain. It was built during Napoleon’s reign. This used to be a building on the cutting edge of technology and design. It was a key part of a chain of buildings that sent messages quickly from Admiralty House in London to Portsmouth Docks.
St. Andrews Church
Since the middle of the 12th century, people have gathered to worship in the Church of St. Andrew. This church is the focus of Cobham’s Heritage Day every September. However, it is well worth a visit at any time.
While you’re on Church Street, check out some of the interesting buildings. Church Stile House and Lime House, which is right next door, are both great examples of architecture from the 17th century.
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