Loving the village of Shere in Surrey

I feel a connection to the village of Shere in Surrey because I have a branch of ancestors that were born and breed there and the surrounding villages for 100’s of years. Most were agricultural laborers during the time when the area was notorious for smugglers, sheep-stealers and poachers with cottages with very large cellars “far too large for any honest purpose, and were no doubt made for storing smuggled goods till they could be conveniently taken on to London”. Whoa, not just a modern day film set then, exciting..!

The village seems to consist of 3 ‘main’ roads. We had a wonderful meal celebrating my daughters birthday at Kinghams first, then headed down Gomshall Lane to Middle Street, it’s ‘high street’ and where the actions at.

Walking through the village of Shere in Surrey

You pass picture perfect homes.

The village of Shere in Surrey

and cute little shops bursting with character.

A shop in the village of Shere in Surrey

Cuckoo’s Corner is dark inside and oozes style. It’s crammed with pretty gifts. Hubby wants to buy Charlotte something for a keepsake.

A shop in the village of Shere in Surrey

He’s trying to talk her into a set of large bulbs placed in a heart shape for her room at home.

The village of Shere in Surrey

but I love this little fella.

A shop in the village of Shere in Surrey

Moving on I see a rather derelict water fountain. Chaaaarlotte we have to have a picture in here, our ancestors would have drunk from this very fountain!

A water fountain in the village of Shere in Surrey

The fountain plaque in the village of Shere in Surrey

Walking down Middle Street, I consider the fact that Shere village appeared in the Domesday Book 1086.

The village of Shere in Surrey

Many of the houses along this street have this style.

The village of Shere in Surrey

This one is the local forge.

The village of Shere in Surrey

We reach the Dabbling Duck (it’s right by the river) and it’s a gorgeous place to have lunch or a piece of cake.

A cafe in the village of Shere in Surrey

What is it? I think it’s something to wring out wet clothes with. I think these two have other ideas.

The village of Shere in Surrey

Inside is delightful.

A cafe in the village of Shere in Surrey

The village of Shere in Surrey

We reach the wooden old Fire station dated 1885 which is right by the river Tillingbourne. It’s still serving the public, except it’s now the public toilets!

The old Firehouse in the village of Shere in Surrey

Proof my baby still likes a cuddle.

sitting in the village of Shere in Surrey

The mighty river Tillingbourne.

The River Tillingbourne inthe village of Shere in Surrey

Where the ducks dare to paddle.

The river Tillingbourne in the village of Shere in Surrey

Nice spot to sit and have a birthday cuddle with her dad.

the village of Shere in Surrey

The White Horse Inn is opposite Church Square and started as a house in 1450. It was in the film The Holiday, as was the church. This is a former smugglers pub and has its own ghost (obviously). You’d best behave here, there are still the village stocks outside.

A pub in the village of Shere in Surrey

Yes, that’s me and my daughter on the floor. It’s a habit of ours, we kinda drop to our knees when a cute dog is nearby.

A shop in the village of Shere in Surrey

cute dog.

dog in the village of Shere in Surrey

We finally make it in.

A shop in the village of Shere in Surrey

‘The Shere Shop’ is packed full of treasures, mainly home-ware.

A shop in the village of Shere in Surrey

A shop in the village of Shere in Surrey

but also children’s things too. Toooo cute!

A shop in the village of Shere in Surrey

The lovely village church is called St James. My SON is called James! This can not be a coincidence, can it? Most likely, but nice non the less.

St James church in the village of Shere in Surrey

St James church in the village of Shere in Surrey

After checking a few headstones saying ‘our ancestors could be buried here’, half a dozen times we head inside and it becomes ‘oh, our ancestors might have sat here’. Never gets old.

St James Church in the village of Shere in Surrey

Checking war plaques on the walls and feeling guilty that I’m disappointed my family name isn’t on any.

St James church in the village of Shere in Surrey

Wow look how old this door is. My ancestors…

St James chuch in the village of Shere in Surrey

On leaving the church we see the Surrey Hills beckoning behind the houses of Shere.

A home in the village of Shere in Surrey

Surrey Hills

Surrey Hills

Kite flying

Surrey Hills

It’s been a brilliant day, spending time in Shere. Hubby knows the pressure to move here starts with every visit. If my family of old knew anything it was location location. Besides, it’s nice to dream…

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