village, set on high ground to the southeast of Guildford, is typical
of those few in truly rural Surrey Hills countryside, but Farley
Green remains within easy
travelling distance by car to Guildford Town Centre. This is
the obvious combination that makes the area so desirable and
therefore so expensive.
As with other Surrey villages too, there is a rarity of homes which
further increases the upward pressure on prices. Farley
Green perhaps has a character with a greater sense of 'remoteness'
than its immediate neighbours. The village is mostly set on a
level position on this hill with the village houses spread mostly
along Shophouse Lane which then becomes steep and narrow
towards Winterfold Forest. Incidentally Winterfold
Forest became infamous for a moment in recent history when some of
the Great Train Robbery proceeds were discovered buried in the
woods. The whole area had been the haunt of smugglers in
the distant past, but this was an unexpected find!
Properties here are
particularly sought after by horse riding enthusiasts and those
wishing to explore the glorious countryside on their doorstep in
other ways. The predominantly sandy soil stretches for
miles distinctively changing colour from deep orange to snowy white
The sacrifice of some modern day
conveniences can actually add to the charm of this rural way of life
bringing fond memories of a bygone age and of a simpler and quieter
life...Farley Green is a form of escapism from the 21st
Century! For instance, discover the tiny church of St Michael tucked down a
driveway off Shophouse Lane and deep in the forests can you
tell which century it is? Don't always expect good
mobile phone signals in the Surrey Hills and cable TV is even less
likely than a mains gas supply for some homes..... this is a world
of four-wheel drive cars and oil-fired Agas!
Edgeley Caravan Park
been a landmark of the village for sometime offering a delightful
environment for holiday mobile
homes on plots within attractive landscaped gardens.
lane leading to Farley Green is one of Surrey's few Roman
remains. This high open heath was the site of the largest
Romano-British settlement in Surrey. The temple was
in use some time before the end of the 1st century AD and was
destroyed probably by fire before 450 AD. Martin Tupper the
antiquarian and poet who lived in Albury, excavated it and many of his
finds are deposited in the British Museum. The outline of
the temple is marked out by stones set in concrete.
The spot probably lay on a branch road from Stane
Street to Bagshot.