Visit Godalming and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Godalming, Surrey, has been, since 1872, the home of Charterhouse School, located on the outskirts of the town. The school for boys, and the Charterhouse Hospital for aged men, was founded in London in 1611 by a wealthy coal merchant, Thomas Sutton. In 1872 the school moved to Godalming (the hospital remained in London) into buildings constructed in Gothic style to give something of the character of the former London premises. The 150-ft Founder's Tower dominates the school. The imposing chapel was built in 1925 as a memorial to Old Carthusians who lost their lives in the First World War.
An old town, Godalming suffers from congested streets, which contain a number of old buildings, some dating back three centuries. There are a number of old coaching inns. One, the King's Arms, bears the date 1753, but this apparently refers only to rebuilding, for parts of the interior retain work of a much earlier period - and in 1689 it is recorded that Peter the Great ate sumptuously here. Another Tsar, Alexander I, was a guest in 1816.
The Old Town Hall belies its name: it dates only from 1814, and was rebuilt on the site of its predecessor.
The Parish Church of SS. Peter and Paul was drastically restored in the mid-l9th century. but some of its old Norman and later medieval work remains. The panelled roof is early 16th-century, the pulpit Elizabethan, and the altar in the south chapel is Jacobean.
Nearby towns: Aldershot, Cranleigh, Farnham, Guilford, Haslemere
Nearby villages: Bramley, Compton, Elstead, Hascombe, Milford, Peasmarsh, Shamley Green, Wheelerstreet
Have you decided to visit Godalming or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Godalming bed and breakfast (a Godalming B&B or Godalming b and b)
- a Godalming guesthouse
- a Godalming hotel (or motel)
- a Godalming self-catering establishment, or
- other Godalming accommodation