Crondall, the location of the B&B accommodation, is a hamlet three miles west of Farnham, with a population of about a thousand. An Old English crundel was a chalk-pit or quarry, and the word has survived in the name of Crondall. The remains of these quarries can still be seen as large depressions on the local golf course. The "Hundred of Crondall" was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086.
King Alfred the Great bequeathed the Hundred of Crondall to his nephew Eltham in 885. In 975 it was handed over by King Edgar to the monks at Winchester; and remained in their hands until 1539. The Hundred of Crondall was divided into 'Manors', Itchell, Ewshot, Crokeham, Well, Feldmead, Dippenhall, Farnborough and Aldershot.
A fine panoramic view of this beautiful part of Hampshire may be gained from Queens View looking from East to West across Crondall. It takes its name from the fact that Queen Victoria admired this view whilst inspecting the garrisoned troops at nearby Aldershot "Home of the British Army". Oliver Cromwell is reputed to have stayed in the Plume of Feathers in October 1645, when the siege of Basing House was in progress
The 12th Century Norman parish church, All Saints, Crondall has been called 'The Cathedral of North Hampshire'. It replaced a Saxon church on the same site and the Saxon font remains from that period. The east end of the nave dates to 1170. Among notable interior features are the dogtooth mouldings of the chancel arch and the imposing arcades and foliate capitals of the Nave. The Crosses made by Pilgrims can clearly be seen etched into the door walls.
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A couple of miles away from Frampton Cottage bed and breakfast accommodation, lies Farnham inhabited since Saxon times and now has a population of around 38,000. Evidence exists of human presence of the site in the Paleolithic period, 400,000 years ago. Farnham first seems to have become inhabited around 6000BC, and continued to grow through the Bronze and Iron Ages. It was the Saxons who gave the town its name - Farnham is listed as Fearnhamme in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Fearn refers to the fern and bracken of the land and Hamme to the water meadows
Farnham is a flourishing market town with many shops located along both sides of the main thoroughfare running through West Street, The Borough and East Street. The town includes a significant number of independent retailers offering antiques, furnishings, and high quality food items. Plenty of Pubs and restaurants to suit all budgets.
There are also branches of national retailers such as Argos, Boots the Chemist, Waterstone's and W H Smith. The major supermarkets are represented by Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Iceland. Castle Street has market stalls selling a range of fresh produce. Farnham is also renown for its numerous secondhand charity shops, which thanks to the well-heeled local population offer plenty of high quality items, especially clothes
Farnham Park is a spacious 300 acre park which once housed the deer herd of the Bishops of Winchester. Later cattle grazed there, but today it is a place for sport and, above all, an open space - one of the town’s greatest assets. In the centre is a large residence, The Ranger’s House, and next to that, a golf course, open to the public. Nearer the Castle, are cricket and football pitches, but the park is still a place where you can wander in peace and quiet.
Guildford the county town of Surrey is about 10 miles from our guest house accommodation.
Guildford is a bustling English town, with an attractive cobbled High Street made of granite setts numerous shops and department stores. There is a Tourist Information Office and several hotels including the historic Angel Hotel which long served as a coaching stop on the main London to Portsmouth stage coach route. There is a small museum in the town centre and a nationally successful sports centre, The Spectrum, in Stoke Park, which is home to the Guildford Flames ice hockey team.
The University of Surrey is situated to the north-west of the town centre, about ten minutes' walk from Guildford main line train station. Guildford Cathedral is adjacent to the university's main campus and the Royal Surrey County Hospital is nearby. Guildford has the most visited Art Gallery in Surrey - Guildford House Gallery with over 120,000 visitors per annum.
Guildford's Spectrum Leisure Centre is a national prizewinning sports centre that includes a variety of pools (for leisure and for serious swimming), ten pin bowling, a small inflatable laser tag arena called Ice Station Zero (however there is a also a full sized Laser Quest in the town centre), an ice rink (discos every Friday and Saturday night) and an athletics track, as well as general halls used for indoor sports including gymnastics and trampolining.
The town's principal commercial theatre is the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre which often shows productions before (and after) they have spent time in London's West End. The Electric Theatre opened in 1997 to host performances by musicians and amateur drama groups. Guildford has an Odeon cinema multiplex. A wide variety of cuisines are available in the many restaurants in Guildford. Additionally, there are numerous pubs and bars and several nightclubs.
Each summer Guildford hosts the Ambient Picnic in Shalford Park by the River Wey. Stoke Park is the venue for both the Guilfest music festival during the summer and the Surrey County Show (agricultural and general) on the last bank holiday Monday in May. It is a market town with the market being held on Fridays and Saturdays. A farmers' market is usually held on the first Tuesday of each month. the city is a bustling cosmopolitan place, still with its ancient University, but home also to a growing hi-tech community. Many businesses are located in and around the town, whether on one of the Science and Business Parks or within one of a number of residential areas.
RHS Wisley Gardens One of the top Royal Horticultural Society gardens in the country
Rural Life Centre The biggest countryside collection in the South of England.
Jane Austen's House The house where she wrote and revised her famous novels including Pride and Prejudice
Horse Drawn Barge Trips enjoy a two hour trip on the horse drawn narrow boat Iona along a picturesque stretch of the Wey
North Downs Way for much of its length the Way parallels the old route known as the Pilgrim's Way between Winchester and Canterbury.