robably the most photographed village in
Surrey! Shere might once have been a well kept secret, but
today it is a victim of its
own reputation and easy accessibility. Once nestling quietly in the Tillingbourne valley between the Downs and Surrey Hills, now Shere
has to cater for numerous visitors especially on sunny weekends. The
village has it all: a quaint atmosphere, picturesque buildings,
superb scenery, even a stream with ducks and a ford no less. Of
course two well-sited public houses probably help and there is even
a small museum. Lloyds Bank has a small branch in
Gomshall Lane and there is a village shop which is open till
Houses in the area are always at a premium and
the demand for them obviously justifies the existence of a small
estate agency in the tiny high street, Middle Street.
Other neighbouring villages are probably quite grateful to
Shere for attracting most of the attention so leaving some degree of
normality at weekends for their residents.
A short walk
around the village reveals further interest in the form of the Old
(17th century) half timber framed with a variety of fillings
including flint, but the most picturesque house in
Shere. To the north of the village runs a simple open by-pass which has
alleviated Shere of all the through traffic on the A25 Guildford
Dorking road and bordering this road are the park-like grounds of Netley House dated 1851.
Rising steeply above the village are the Downs to the north and the
fine countryside of Greensand hills to the south. The
house at Burrows Lea standing above the village to the south
is famous as a spiritual healing centre.
Middle Street is the main street that runs through the centre of
Shere crossing the stream and lined with quaint shops that sell
everything from afternoon tea to antiques. Popular with movie makers
Shere village is often the home to a film set. The Visual Tour
images above with snow on the roof tops and Christmas decorations
indicates it is Christmas time, but don't let that fool you as all the decorations are simply that of a film set
time. Many a famous actor has walked from the church with his
village hall is located on the left side of Upper Street as you
leave Shere heading for Gomshall. The
village hall is well used by the Shere inhabitants and many typical
events are regularly hosted in the hall.
Lutyens touches this village in many places with examples of his
architecture. One such building has an oversailing plaster upper
floor on a timbered shop dated 1892 in the high street. Another of
his unmistakable houses stands aloft from the road in Upper Street
in an eye-catching position close to the junction with Middle
The old Shere fire station sits right on the main high street and is
now used to house the "Ladies" and "Gentlemans" public convenience
as it is so often referred to today.
building, which is wooden, still keeps the appearance as it did all
those years ago when it served a higher purpose protecting the local
area from the hazards of fire.
The White Horse, Middle Street, dates back to the early 1500s when
it was a farm house called "Cripps". Constructed of ships timbers,
fine inglenook fireplaces were added in the early 1600s and it
apparently became an inn sometime in the 17th century. Situated in
the centre of this pretty tourist spot The White Horse is popular
with locals and visitors alike. (Tel: 01483 202158)
St James Church with 13th century origins is approached from Lower
lynch-gate and past a Lutyens war memorial surrounded by timber and
plaster cottages bordering Church Square. St James church is located
very near the village centre about 200 yards off the main high
Shere has a Church of England infant school in the village which
provides an excellent and well respected school for the early
learners. Located near the centre of the village makes the school
well located and easy to find.
The well head dated 1886 in Middle
Street is a simple arched stone recess with seats beneath a pair of
iron guard rails - It is not a place of refuge or refreshment now
however due to its proximity to the narrow road!
looking surgery is only some fifteen years old serving residents in the
surrounding local area. It sits in a fine position close to
the Tillingbourne stream on the east edge of the village
along Gomshall Lane. The Tillingbourne stream runs through
the middle of Shere providing a home for ducks and Geese and
relaxing spot for visitors idle away a sunny morning or afternoon.