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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Godalming was 21,804.
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The charming town of Godalming dates back to at least the Saxon period, the original settlers were most likely Jutes from Kent. The town was mentioned in the will of the Saxon King Alfred the Great who left it to his nephew Ethewold in 899AD.
Godalming was substantial enough to be included in the Domesday Book of 1086 when it had a population of around 400 (with 103 pigs!). It was an important town and the seat of the hundred court which would meet to try wrongdoers, collect taxes and settle local quarrels and disputes.
By 1300 the town had been granted the right to hold a market and an annual fair, both of which would have been vital for trade and furthered the town’s prosperity. Cloth making had become the principal trade, paper making, leather tanning and a stone quarry would all follow and in the 17th century stage coaches opened up further trade with merchants and travellers bringing money and an increase in the need for inns and beer (at a time when beer and gin were far safer to drink than water). The Kings Arms built in 1753, was one of several inns that sprang up to serve this passing trade, it can still be found in the high street and continues to serve great food, although the menu has changed a bit since the 1700s.
One fascinating story from the time involved 24-year-old Mary Toft. The local woman claimed she was giving birth to rabbits. The story became big news and reached the ears of the King who ordered that she should be brought to London to be examined. The eminent doctors and scientists of the day were sent to see her but eventually the truth came out and Mary admitted to the hoax. The famous satirist William Hogarth used it to poke the establishment and even Robert Walpole, Britain’s first Prime Minister, was dragged into the affair as his opponents seized on it as a means to deride the state of the country. All for a few bunnies.
in 1849 the London and South Western Line was extended from Guildford to Godalming, once again bringing good times as wealthy merchants were now able to travel into the capital while living in this leafy part of Surrey. It is still a hugely popular commuter town with good shops and eateries, a busy events calendar and access to the rolling downs.
Godalming appears in a number of novels, in Charles Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby, Nicholas and Smike walked to Godalming on route to Portsmouth, “To Godalming they came at last, and here they bargained for two humble beds, and slept soundly.”, David Nobbs’ The Return of Reginald Perrin states, “Note: It is believed that this book mentions Godalming more than any other book ever written.” But if you prefer your fiction a bit more action packed then Quantum of Solace, Ian Fleming’s short James Bond novella describes is as a town full of retired colonial civil servants that had been posted to places, “that no one at the local golf club would have heard about or would care about.”
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