In an article originally published by our friends at Leatherhead and District Local History Society, the history of Ashtead Park over the centuries is explored. Learn more about the connection with City of London Freemen's School, Samuel Pepys and 3 Kings entertained in the area.
The schools admission process has increasingly become a significant factor for many people when moving home. A trend we often see in Surrey is young families moving out of London before the children begin their schooling. With great commuter links back into London, proximity to major road arteries such as the M25, M3, A3, M23 and A23, as well as Heathrow and Gatwick airports, it is easy to see why Surrey ‘ticks the box’ for so many families. And whether your budget stretches to private education or not, the county is blessed with some excellent schools.
The Leatherhead & District Local History Society has spent over 70 years documenting and recording the history of local towns, including Ashtead. We spoke with Chairman and Ashtead Archivist, John Rowley, to learn more about Ashtead. John talks about the war-time history of his own house and the changing face of local pubs amongst other local historical anecdotes.
Moving can be a stressful experience. It is very easy to underestimate how many possessions we have and how much work might be involved in packing and moving them, even when the distances are quite short. Sorting out the mortgage and finding the ‘dream property’ are normally the first priorities. Finding someone to undertake the actual move itself is normally a bit of an after-thought.
In an age when the big marketing budgets of the property portals and web-based agents means they are increasingly visible, what is the value of registering with your local estate agent? It’s a subject Alex Grover in our Ashtead office is passionate about.