A little bit of history
Farnham originated in Roman times however Farnham Castle was built in the 12th century by the Bishop of Winchester. Farnham was known for producing wool cloth, green pots, and growing hops and wheat. The town grew rapidly during Georgian and Victorian times with the railway arriving in 1848, but is known as a Georgian Town because the main roads of Castle Street, West Street and The Borough, predominantly have either Georgian properties or Georgian fronted older properties. A feature of Farnham of this period was the number of Public Houses, with around 50 operating at one point. The building Winkworth Estate Agents operates from was once 'The Prince of Wales' closing around 1900.
Farnham's most famous architect, Harold Falkner (1875-1963) had a profound influence on architectural style in Farnham for much of the 20th century.
In the 1970's the A31 at the Hogs Back was turned into a dual carriageway and the A331 Blackwater dual carriageway linking to the M3 was opened in 1996, making Farnham much more accessible by road and increasing its suitability as a commuter town. Today the population of Farnham is about 40,000.
Need to know
Farnham was home to Britain's first Cistercian Abbey.
The historic market town of Farnham dates back to the Middle Ages which offered a weekly market attracting people from Surrey, Hampshire and London. Nowadays, Farnham has a wealth of shopping opportunities nestled amongst its Georgian streets, historic buildings and craft heritage; with a wide range of independent chic boutiques alongside diverse high-street brands such as Waterstones, Mint Velvet, Oliver Bonas, Oasis, Jigsaw, WH Smiths, Phase Eight, Boots, Clarks and Space NK. John Goodridge Ltd offers a wide range of menswear from designer brands. Alton Sports stock the most comprehensive range of running and exercise wear across the south of England. A stone's throw away from Winkworth Farnham Sales and Lettings Agents on West Street is Elphicks department store, which dates back to 1881 and offers a variety of choice, quality and value and Pullingers Stationers, being the oldest surviving business in Farnham established in 1850, all nestled between a variety of pubs, restaurants and cafes both independent and well-known UK chains.
Farnham boasts an award winning monthly Farmers' Market offering delicious, fresh locally produced food. Whilst everyday shopping can be found within the centre of Farnham close to Winkworth Estate Agents at Waitrose, Sainsburys and Lidl. A larger Sainsburys store can be found within 2 miles from central Farnham.
Farnham is a town that successfully combines old and new, with town planners working to ensure that modern developments blend into our existing period architecture seamlessly.