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About Leatherhead

The Leatherhead district in Surrey is made up of the town centre itself and the villages of Ashtead, Fetcham and Bookham.

Leatherhead has about 9,000 inhabitants and a selection of shops, activities and events. It is centrally placed and ideally located for visits to the nearby Surrey Hills, where paths and guided walking routes quickly lead from town centre to open countryside.

It has good transport links being close to Junction 9 of the M25 which gives easy access to Heathrow and Gatwick airport. The main line station has a regular serice to London Victoria or Waterloo, Dorking or Horsham, Bookham, Guildford.

Leatherhead has its own purpose built theatre which is not only a theatre but a centre for arts and entertainment. It also has large Leisure Centre on the edge of the town caters for those who are searching for more physical challenges.

The origins of Leatherhead appear to be Anglo-Saxon. A market serving the developing agricultural economy developed at this crossroads and in 1248 Henry III granted to Leatherhead a weekly market and annual fair. The town survived an extensive fire in 1392, when the town was largely rebuilt. In common with many similar medieval towns it had a market house and set of stocks, probably located at the junction of Bridge Street, North Street and High Street.

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Leatherhead District Local History Society