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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Caterham was 21,090.
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The earliest signs of life at Caterham stand at War Coppice, also known as the Cardinal’s Cap. Now a Scheduled Monument, it is believed to have been an Iron Age hillfort. The next settlers to leave a mark on the area were the Romans (“What did they ever do for us?”). Around 100AD they created a road stretching from London to Brighton, whether they were there just for the fish and chips is largely debated by historians (or we might have made that bit up).
Remaining fairly small, Caterham got along relatively peacefully through the tumultuous Anglo-Saxon period, it was the Normans who built the next lasting monument, St Lawrence Church, which was built not long after William the Conqueror gave King Harold one in the eye. By the time King John held the throne, Roger son of Everard de Gaist and grandson of Roger of Caterham gave the church and its lands to a monastery at Waltham Holy Cross. The abbots held a grant of ‘free warren, allowing them to hold the land for hunting (they would have employed local men to catch food for them) and collect taxes.
Things continued untroubled, Caterham was untouched by the English Civil War, the various kings and queens who used much of Surrey as a playground left Caterham in peace, even highwaymen, who prowled much of the area didn’t seem to pick on the town,
The next big thing was the arrival of Caterham Railway Station in 1856, which was built principally to help transport stone from Godstone village. The train also brought visitors to the area and allowed Londoners to set up home and commute into the city. Among those that came to the town was London Jeweller Charles Asprey who donated the Asprey Fountain to the people of Caterham in 1890, having been relocated several times, it still stands in the town.
Other new arrivals included the Army. In 1877 a Guards Depot was built as a recruiting centre for Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots Irish, and Welsh Guards, with barracks holding 500 men. In 1938, with the threat of war, Caterham was to become home to another army installation, with 6 acres of land bought by the War Office, “Three groups of huts for incoming militiamen were erected at the east end of the sports ground – 17 barrack rooms and ablutions for 340 men.”
Today the town’s most recent and perhaps famous claim to fame is as the birthplace of Caterham Cars in 1973. Caterhams can still be seen driving along the leafy lanes of Surrey, a great symbol of life in this affluent and charming piece of England’s green and pleasant land.
Caterham Removals Company
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Secure Household Storage in Caterham
Are you a homeowner requiring long or short term household storage for furniture and personal effects for which you no longer have room? Do you need secure flexible household storage at short notice, with the minimum of fuss?
With our multiple, large, secure purpose-built Hampshire storage facilities located in Aldershot, Farnborough and Petersfield, we can cater for all your storage needs. We can also arrange to collect and storage your belongings on your behalf. Please visit our Storage Service for further details.
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