Welcome to Shere

The 'prettiest Village in Surrey'

This website...

...is dedicated to the village and villagers of Shere in Surrey.
Welcome to everyone, whether you are a resident, regular visitor
or planning to come and visit this beautiful village.

For archive news (pre-2014 NEWS), visit page 2:

ARCHIVE NEWS (pre 2014)

   LATEST Updates / News

Congratulations

to Lesley and Tim Austin who celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today, July 20th. We would all like to wish you both a wonderful day on your Golden Wedding Anniversary.

L is for 'laughter' that you shared along the way.
O is for 'optimism' you gave each other every day.
V is for 'value' of being best friends.
E is for 'eternity,' a love that has no end.


July 20th 2016

80,000 web page visits, Thank you

Thank you to everyone who has supported this Shere Village website over the past five years. The visitor numbers have been rapidly building as the 50,000 visitor mark was reached only ten months ago in September 2015.

You can view the counter on the right hand column of this page, at the bottom.

July 20th 2016

Bryant & Son - Builders

Old Cottage, Upper Street

Many thanks to Mike Dodds for unearthing this very rare postcard.
Today both cottages are now one residence, Gareth, which is situated next to Burrow Down which in turn is next to the 4x4 garage.

View postcard

The postcard shows what the cottage looked like before the 1946 sideways extension, although my guess is that the photo was taken around 1900. The closer you look at a postcard, the more you can see. Zooming into three areas of this postcard, give us clues as to the social history of the people who appear in them:

Area 1. Horse and Cart - VIEW DETAIL

Area 2. Bryant & Son Builders - VIEW DETAIL

Area 3. Face at window - VIEW DETAIL

July 12th 2016

This England - Portrait of a Village

Summer 2009 - 3 page spread

Click the following links to VIEW:
cover | contents | pages 36/37 | page 38

July 10h 2016

Their name liveth forever


1st JULY 1916 - 7.30am: 100 years ago today, Battle of the Somme.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the brave men and families on this day 1st July 2016.

The Thiepval Memorial unveiled on 1st August 1932 was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and records the names of over 72,000 soldiers who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. More details on The Thiepval Memorial

Sir Edwin Lutyens was well know here in Shere as he designed various buildings in our village - The Lych Gate was designed in 1902 by the architect, Lutyens, who later designed the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. His designs for the Bray family, include The Manor House Lodge and Western Cottages (1892) in Upper Street and the Summers’ Barber’s Shop (1894) in Middle Street (now used as the Tea Room, "The Dabbling Duck", which was formely known as "The Lucky Duck", and before then "Asters Tea Shop"). Hazelhatch is a beautiful country house in Burrows Cross and built in 1897, in the Arts and Crafts style. The first recorded conveyance was from Lord Ashcombe to Lady Sarah Spencer, after which the property was subsequently owned by the well-known Bray family. The house, which is Grade II Listed, was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in collaboration with Gertrude Jekyll, the well-known garden designer.

July 1st 2016

The Old Netley Mill

One of the Shere Gardens that opens each year, the Old Netley Millis featured in this month's magazine, The English Garden.
A six page article with stunning photographs - Digital Edition

June 30th 2016

Shere Open Gardens Photo's

Sunday 26th June 2016 - Another great day in our village as homes opened their gardens and shared their amazing spaces.

Thanks to Tracie Jane Photography for again capturing all the days events - I have placed them in a 'Gallery' for you to enjoy.

View photos

Shere Open Gardens - Annual Open Day

June 29th 2016

TODAY Shere Open Gardens

Have a lovely day


2016 Garden map NOW AVAILABLE TO VIEW on the GARDENS PAGE
Please note: The Gables in Lower Street was unable to open on the day.

Previous Events

June 26th 2016

Guildford Borough - Clean up operation in time for the Shere Open Gardens this Sunday

Guildford Borough to the rescue - A clean up operation hits the village

25th June 2016

NEW Parish magazine out NOW

JULY ISSUE - Canon Nick cuts the Queen's 90th birthday cake at Peaslake.
This months Parish Magazine is OUT NOW

24th June 2016

Thunderstorms hit Shere

Two local newspapers report:

Flash Flooding in Shere leaves village's streets covered in mud

Local newspaper reports:

Shere Parish Council requested help from Guildford Borough Council to clear its streets ahead of the annual Open Gardens event this Sunday...

READ FULL ARTICLE

 

Stones and thick mud washed into Shere Village near Dorking

Local newspaper reports:

The picture postcard village of Shere has been inundated with mud swept down from the North Downs by the torrential rain that bedevilled Surrey last night and early this morning.

The deluges loosened flints, twigs and mud in the byway London Lane, which villagers say has been used in the past by off-road vehicles. Torrents of muddy water have surged down the nearby hills...

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Photos

Click on the images above to view

June 23rd 2016

Shere Open Gardens countdown...

The gardens opening in this years 2016 (38th Shere Open Gardensare listed above - This Sunday26th June

VIEW DETAIL

2016 Garden map NOW AVAILABLE

June 23rd 2016

Shere Open Gardens countdown...

...starting today with a BBC Radio interview with Annabel Alford. Brief interview on BBC Radio Surrey with Annabel - 22nd June 2016

Visit BBC i-player to hear (available for 28 days on-line)

Scroll forward to 02:39:30 to listen

LISTEN

This years Garden map coming soon...

June 22nd 2016

Shere Street Party - Queen's 90th

Sunday was a fun day for all - The Shere Street Party was enjoyed by all - Thanks to Tracie Jane Photography for capturing all the days events and to Gillian Ackroyd for all the organisation.

View photos


Event details and MORE photos, can be found on the
Official Shere Street Party website.

June 2016

NEW Parish magazine out NOW

June 2016

Ted Emmings, Shere's Chevalier - Ted adds the Legion d'honneur to his wartime heroism awards - This and Tributes to Ron Chapman in this months Parish Magazine - all 92 pages of community news.

June 2016

Ron Chapman

1936 - 2016
And in the end it's not the years in a life, It's the life in the years.

Friday 7th May 2016 - Village Hall 12.30 to remember our dear friend.

Those we love don't go away,
they walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
So loved, so missed, so very dear.

VIEW PHOTO

Obituary and tributes to Ron in next month's Parish Magazine

May 2016

Shere Open Gardens 2016

Summer is here - Looking forward to next month's village event

Sunday 26th June 2016 - 2-6pm

ADVANCE TICKETS (wristbands) are £1 cheaper when bought before the day and are currently available from both retail outlets in Shere: Shere Delights and Mad Jak.​

VIEW LARGE POSTER | OFFICIAL OPEN GARDENS

Previous Events

May 2016

Shere Street Party 2016

Celebrating the Queens 90th Birthday

Sunday 12th June 2016 - 12-4pm

Visit the OFFICIAL Shere Street Party website

May 2016

Manor Cottage / Vine Cottage

Manor Cottage - I'm sure a lot of people around the village will be pleased that Manor Cottage (on the corner of Upper and Middle Street) is receiving lot of loving attention. Here we step back over 100 years.

Vine and Manor Cottages - There is a great deal of detail in the photograph - in the area of Manor Cottage, we can make out some old bicycles...

...two Penny Farthings propped up against the wall.

Here's the detail of Forrest Stores (now the co-op):

All shuttered up with St James' church as the backdrop

More details of this and other historical photo's can be found on the

PHOTOGRAPHS PAGE

April 2016

Tudor Cottage

ROYAL GRAFTON, fine bone china plate

Shere Cottage ROYAL GRAFTON Country Cottages Collection

This plate No. 2 (of 6) of the Country Cottage Collection, I identified as Tudor Cottage at the bottom of Upper Street.


April 2016

Helen Allingham painting uncovered

TITLED: Children playing with kittens beside a cottage
I came across this Helen Allingham painting on the web, one I had never seen before and has little documentation. We know that the painter, Helen Allingham stayed in Shere for the whole summer in 1878, painting. This and other paintings can be found on the:

PAINTINGS PAGE

Note the page is now in Chronological date order, starting with the oldest first...

...this 1823 illustration of our beautiful church.

April 7th 2016

The Times - Shere in Top 20

March 16th 2016 - Today's Times newspaper reveals the 20 most desirable villages to live in the south of England. Shere is named at number 6

As part of the Times series - 40 best villages in Britain, today's paper focusses on the South - click picture above for larger layout.

The Times Cover Click to read

From 20 villages, 5 photo's were chosen, one of which was Shere:

Shere photo - view of The square from St. James' Churchyard

March 16th 2016 - Thanks to Annabel for the heads up.

Shere Painting - Middle Street

Painted by James Matthews abt. 1870's
click the painting to view larger image or visit the
PAINTINGS PAGE

As featured in the centre pages of the March Parish Magazine

March 1st 2016

Parish Magazine - February 26th

OUT TODAY
Exclusive feature on a 19th century Shere painting in today's Parish magazine - will reveal post on this website on Monday to give you all a chance to buy the Parish Magazine - only 50p

PARISH MAGAZINE

February 26th 2016

Shere Village Cinema - Feb 21st

This upcomig Sunday (Feb 21st) - A Royal Affair
More information on this and all the upcoming films:

NOW SHOWING - SHERE VILLAGE CINEMA

February 18th 2016

The Square - 1957

UPDATE - click on the photo below to view detail

Photo of Shere, the Village c1960, ref. S114035

THE SQUARE - One of the last photo's showing the remaining
Elm
tree. Three years later, a single oak was planted in its place.
I can just make out 'Family Grocers' above the shop (now Shere Shop).

photo ©Doveson2002 all rights reserved - Thanks Phil

Another photo from 1957 has been added to the PHOTO's page:

VIEW PHOTOS PAGE

February 5th 2016

Shere Village Cinema - Feb 4th

This upcomig Thursday (Feb 4th) - SUFFRAGETTE
More information on this and all the upcoming films:

NOW SHOWING - SHERE VILLAGE CINEMA

February 1st 2016

Visit from BBC Surrey - 27th Jan

Anyone tuning into BBC Radio Surrey today on 27th January 2016
would have heard their Winter Warm Up tour and the visit to Shere Village during the morning. Here is their posting on facebook

You can visit the BBC Surrey FB page to see more photo's such as the Shere Delights photo's below:


January 28th 2016

Tudor Cottage - Painted by?

The previous entry regarding the Victor Bertoglio painting
has thrown up this very early painting but I need help in tracing down the
painter and the name of painting:

Initially thought this may have been by Helen Allingham but
research hasn't confirmed this - There is a signature that I can only just
make out on the bottom right hand corner - is the first letter a 'C'?

Having identied the scene of 'Tudor Cottage' in Upper Street with
the help of 'Vine Cottage' in the background, the research started to
look good.

Here is the painting (below) compared to an old 1905 postcard:

The East Lodge, designed by Lutyens, hadn't been built, the painting has to pre-date 1894.
Vine Cottage can be seen clearly
in the background. VIEW PHOTO

Tudor Cottage porch is clearly defined.
East Lodge is now built.
The wooden fence and wall still remained. VIEW PHOTO


If you can be of any help, please e-mail me:
tristangreatrex@hotmail.com

UPDATE: MYSTERY SOLVED


- The painter is Charles Edward Wilson Pre-1894 - all details on the paintings page.

PAINTINGS PAGE

January 2016

Victor Joseph Bertoglio

Who remembers the British Comic Books EAGLE and SWIFT?
A name you may not have heard of but local man, Victor Joseph Bertoglio was a noted book illustrator from the late 1940s through to the early 1970s.

The above painting of 'Tudor Cottage' in Upper Street, Shere was by Bertoglio. He lived not far away in Thatched Cottage, Farley Green.
He was most prolific during the 1950s decade. Bertoglio exhibited watercolour work at the Royal Academy Exhibition of 1950.

More information and examples of his other works can be found on the Paintings page, link below:

PAINTINGS PAGE

January 2016

Shere Parish Council website

The Shere Parish Council Website was updated and re-lauched last year. This informative site contains lots of updated News with local information - Great photo's too.

VIEW SPC Website

January 2016

2016 - Happy New Year

Thanks to all visitors to this website - 65,000 so far!
The photo's and information kindly received have helped make this community website a pleasure to work on - Thank you everyone.

Christmas 2015

Another Christmas comes and goes - The Village as usual looked very festive with The Old Fire Station lights, the Christmas Tree in The Pound, The Square, Church Lane and the lovely coloured weeping willlows down Lower Street. This along with various houses in Middle Street, Upper Street and Gomshall Lane added to this Magical time.

VIEW PHOTO

Professor Branestawn Returns - The family sat down to watch Professor Branestawm for the second Christmas in a row - This was televised on Christmas Eve and was a lot funnier and more enjoyable than the first - We saw more of the village as well which was fun.

More on the SHERE FILMS PAGE

December 2015

ROAD CLOSURE - 9th Dec 2015 GOMSHALL LANE

We have just been informed this afternoon that UK Power Networks require that Gomshall Lane in Shere, be closed from 09:00 am tomorrow (9th December), in order to undertake emergency works in connection with the electricity supply in the area. Apparently, the work could take up to 3 days and the road will be closed as a through route 24/7 from 9:00am Wednesday 9th Decemmber. However, it is possible that the work may be completed in a shorter time.

The closure of this road and the absence of an acceptable turning point for public service vehicles, mean that public bus services and school coaches will be unable to serve Shere village. The stops in Gomshall Lane and Upper Street will be temporarily closed for the duration of the works. For safety reasons, it is not possible to provide temporary stops on the A25.

Buses and school coaches will be able to operate as normal tomorrow morning, but parents and students should be advised that Shere will not be served thereafter whilst Gomshall Lane is blocked as a through route.

Bus and coach operators have been informed and Surrey County Council staff will place advisory notices at bus stops in Shere first thing tomorrow morning.

We and the bus operators apologise for any inconvenience due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control

Laurie James
Travel & Transport Group
County Hall
020 8541 8633

Contacts for bus operators:

Compass Bus (route 32) 01903 690025

Buses Excetera (route 25 and 125)  01737  642225

Metrobus (route 22) 01293 449191

December 2015

St. James'

Old photo comes to light - Not sure as to the date of this, but thank you to a reader of this website for sending this in. We can all enjoy another view of our village - sourced from an old publication but unsure as to which publication - If anyone knows, drop me a line.
Click the photo above, or the link below for more detail
.

VIEW PHOTO

November 2015

Evening of Christmas Shopping at Netley House - 13th November

Christmas shopping and pampering evening - Netley House, Friday 13th November

Join us for a fabulous and relaxed evening of shopping & pampering whilst enjoying a glass of mulled wine & canapes in the beautiful setting of Netley House on Friday 13th November from 7pm to 10pm.

Confirmed stallholders this year are Shere Delights, Cuckoo Corner, Lillian Spibey Photography, Tropic Skin Care Products, Forever Living Products, Small Designs, Anstead Bunting, Ju Kim's Childrens Wear, Pre-loved Designer Ladies Clothes & Accessories, Tamsin Barnard Jewellery.

As well as the fabulous stalls that will be selling their wares, we also have three wonderful ladies offering the following treatments. In order not to miss out, please pre-book your treatments by emailing Natalia Cadman (natalia.h@btinternet.com) .

The Beauty Shed - Hannah Chapman
Mini Manicure,15 minutes, £10
Scalp Massage,15 minutes, £10
Back Massage, 30 minutes, £20

Natasha Doane
Stress Buster Shaitsu Session, 30 minutes, £25
Personalized Aromatherapy, 30 minutes, £25

Sense the Sense- Carmen O'Connor
Raiki treatment, 20 minutes, £15
Back/Neck/Shoulder Massage, 20 minutes, £15

All entrance tickets will available on the door at a cost of £3 per person and includes a glass of mulled wine & canapes. We will also have a raffle on the night, so please do join us to start the festive season off in style!

November 2015

Remembrance Sunday

War Memorial, Shere - Sunday 8th November

10.50am - Service of Remembrance, Shere and Peaslake, starting at the War Memorial

November 2015

SHERE FILM's

MOLLY MOON: Middle Street FOYLES WAR: The Square

As we prepare for the follow-up filming of
The Return of Professor Brainestawn

There are a couple of additions to the FILMS page:
Some of you may recall the filming, three years ago of 'Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnostism' - The film was finally completed and released earlier this year in Canada and the USA.

Shere was a location for the very first Episode of TV series:
FOYLES WAR (Series 1, Episode 1), screened in 2002.
The shows are currently being re-run on ITV-3.
You can catch-up on ITV player.

READ MORE ON THE FILM PAGE

October 2015

SURREY HERITAGE

Surrey Heritage Showcase


Imogen Middleton - Project Officer

SURREY IN THE GREAT WAR

October 2015

WORLD PREMIER FILM

1899 -
Fire Brigade turn-out in the country

In Celebration of over 50,000 website visits - I am proud to announce that the 1899 film titled 'Fire Brigade turn-out in the Country' is now available to view on this Shere Village website. It is the first time that this film has been available to view publicly.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this website. Tristan

VIEW FILM

September 2015

This Sunday - 28th June 2015

SUNDAY - The 36th Shere Open Gardens

PREVIOUS GARDEN EVENTS | OFFICIAL WEBSITE

June 2015

1899

Another Percy Robertson etching added to the PAINTINGS page...

"Shere" drawn and etched by Percy Robertson
Published by The Art Journal. Published by Virtue & Co. London

VIEW DETAILED IMAGE

...from the same view six years earlier:

also drawn and etched by Percy Robertson, published in The Magazine of Art, 1893

VIEW DETAILED IMAGE

Shere Middle Street- 1938

1938 - Middle Street - Just before the second World WarNote the 'Cleveland' petrol pump sign on the right - Now Treacle

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Shere Football Club Winners - 1924

VIEW LARGER IMAGE | VIEW REAR OF PHOTO CARD

1923-1924 Winners of the Guildford & District League - Five years after World War 1, these young men played for the Shere Football Club and were District league winners:

Back row - left to right:
F. Minns, H. Fry, P. Hoad, R. Dowling, N. Arthur, A. Overington, J. Minns

Front row - left to right:
F. Baldero, Y. Fry, G. Goddard, E. Woods, E. Overington

Shere Football Club logo


PREVIOUS FOOTBALL RELATED ARTICLE - Sixty years on:
The Shere Tigers Football Team 1983

Shere and its neighbourhood - 1882

THE ART JOURNAL - May 1882

This 130 year old 4-page article makes interesting reading, published in the Victorian publication, The Art Journal. Exciting also to see sketches of Shere Mill (Netley Mill), Shere Village (The Square and Lower Street).

READ ARTICLE:
Cover | Page 129 | Page 130 | Page 131 | Page 132

Gomshall and Shere Station - 1958

Gomshall and Shere Railway Station - one of the few colour photo's

Note the Gomshall and Shere sign and the Red Buses behind the station. Added this photo to the
Train Station page

Wishing You a Happy New Year

This Gold edged and Cream ornate postcard "Wishing you a Happy New Year" shows The Square around 1900 - VIEW LARGER IMAGE

This and another photo from the same angle has been uncovered.
View larger photo | Zoom in on CAR - You can just make out two people by the Lychgate.

2014 NEWS

2014 and OLDER NEWS added to the archives

Shere Lights up for Christmas...

VIEW ARCHIVE

January 2015

Shere as a Film location


The village has been the home to various film locations,
such as The Wedding Date (Debra Messing & Dermot Mulroney)
Wedding scenes and shots of 'The Square'

 


Bridgette Jones - The Edge of Reason
(Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent)


The Holiday
(Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Jude Law)
Various village shots


The Ruling Class
1972 (Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe). Shots of 'The White Horse interior and outside shots of 'The Square'.
WATCH video clip (Inside the pub and outside in The Square)


Hearts of the World
(DW Griffith 1918 silent film) - some location shots, although I personally havn't seen this film. Starring Erich Von Stroheim, D.W. Griffith,
Lillian Gish, Noël Coward, Dorothy Gish, Robert Anderson,
Robert Harron, Billy Bitzer, William "Wild Bill" Elliott and features
David Lloyd George


A Matter of Life and Death
Shere was used as Dr. Reeve's village in the 1946 film
(David Niven and Kim Hunter) but seen very briefly through camera obscura that if you blink you would miss it.


The Earth Dies Screaming Shere was the location for the 1965 science fiction film which was mainly filmed around 'The Square' - see the newly planted Oak Tree below

MORE PHOTOS

Actors

Many more Hollywood films and actors, including two ex-James Bond actors - Roger Moore and Sean Connery as well as notable actors: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, Jude Law, Jack Black, Kate Winslet, Camron Diaz, Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Michael Winner, Michael Kitchen, Edward Fox, Robert Hardy, Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, William Mervyn, Coral Browne, Harry Andrews, Carolyn Seymour, James Villiers and Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Stanley Holloway, Alfred Lynch, Cecil Parker, Wilfrid Hyde White, Kathleen Harrison, Eleanor Summerfield,, Eric Barker, Victor Maddern, Barbara Windsor, David Niven, Kim Hunter, Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Noel Coward, Diana Rigg, Harry Hill, Simon Day, David Mitchell, Ben Miller, Emily Watson, Tom Cruise, Russell Crowev- View the FILM page for more

See the FILM page

Access by Bus and Rail

The nearest train stations to Shere are

Gomshall train station (0.91 miles)

Chilworth train station (2.68 miles)

Gomshall station was previously known as Gomshall & Shere,
as it also serves the adjacent village of Shere.
It has been unmanned since 1967.

There are buses from the village that run every half that stops at
'The Compasses Pub' in Gomshall - This takes 3 minutes according
to the time table and means that you only walk 0.2 mile from there to
the train station  
- so a max time of a 5 minute walk - Total time is 8 minutes from
Shere to the station by bus/foot.

London

by train - National RAIL WEBSITE times:

Gomshall to London Waterloo - Total time = 58 minutes

with 1 change at Guildford

Gomshall to Guildford = 15min
Waiting time between trains = 9min
Guildford to - London Waterloo = 34min
TOTAL: 58 minutes

ALTERNATIVELY - Gomshall to London Bridge
- Total time = 69 minutes

with 1 change (Redhill)

Gomshall to Redhill = 21min
Waiting time between trains = 12min
Redhill to - London Bridge = 36min
TOTAL: 69 minutes

STATISTICS
Seems that Train travel is rising, heading for twice the amount of passengers in the past ten years. Annual rail passenger usage*:
2004/05: 27,136
2005/06: 28,968
2006/07: 28,999
2007/08: 32,978
2008/09: 39,770
2009/10: 41,040
2010/11: 46,628
2011/12: 50,736
2012/13: 59,290 - Continues high growth of recent years (exceeds double figures over the last 10 years)

* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Gomshall from
Office of Rail Regulation statistics


Gomshall and Shere Railway station - 24th July 1937

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