East Horsley Village
East Horsley is by population the largest village in the Borough and is known as the Lovelace Village due to the unique brick and flint architecture of some of its buildings designed by Lord Lovelace, former owner of Horsley Towers. He was an enthusiastic forester and to facilitate the transport of his timber through the hilly woods he constructed 15 quirky bridges over the remarkable ancient sunken chalk lanes with their historic embankments. These bridges and lanes form part of The Horsley Diamond Jubilee Trail, a nine mile circular walk through the Parishes of East & East Horsley and Effingham linking much of the freely accessible woodland at Sheepleas, The Forest, Great Ridings Wood, Clamp Rough, Gallows Grove and Effingham Common.
The village and surrounding area are ideal for walking and cycling with a network of footpaths and bridleways. At least 28% of the village lies within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, whilst woodland covers no less than 36% of its surface area. Within the village there are miles of leafy peaceful residential lanes with many houses built in the Lovelace style and the distinctive style of the 1930’s developer Frank Chown, with long stretches of stone and flint walls.
There are also several open spaces available for sport and recreation - Kingston Meadow, where there is a playground, BMX track, Skatepark and Multi Use Games Area (MUGA); Wellington Meadow; Pennymead Sports Ground and at St Martin’s Court there is a Bowls Club. The Village Hall was built with local funding and has exceptional facilities for a village hall accommodating functions of up to 300 people.
St Martin’s Church dates back to the 13th Century with later additions in the Lovelace style.
There are two hotels, Thatcher’s and Horsley Towers both of which offer excellent and gracious facilities for weddings, conferences and other functions. The Nomad Theatre stages many excellent productions during the year and East Horsley is the gateway to the newly built Grange Park Opera house located at nearby West Horsley Place.
The Duke of Wellington pub, at one end of the village, provides much needed refreshment after walking in the Surrey Hills or you could lunch in a coffee shop or restaurant in one the two shopping parades. Close by to Effingham Station there is a general store serving refreshments.