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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Leatherhead was 11,316.
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Iron Age flints have been found in the area and hint at the earliest settlers in Leatherhead. The original village was mentioned in the will of none other than Alfred the Great, arguably Britain’s greatest ruler (the name’s a bit of a giveaway!).
Leatherhead was an important town, it was where the court would meet, disputes would be settled and judgments handed out. But King Henry III downgraded the town’s fortunes when he awarded the county court to Guildford instead.
Local dignitaries and the important folk of the day did convene in Leatherhead in 1588 to devise a plan of defence. The impending Spanish Armada was so feared that across the South East town leaders where getting together to discuss what should be done if the King of Spain’s men breached British shores.
In the 1600 and 1700s a number of turnpike roads were built connecting Leatherhead with Arundel, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. A time when newspapers celebrated the daring exploits of dandy highwaymen, Leatherhead’s roads remained mostly untouched by the villainous robbers who prowled much of Surrey.One visitor to the town was Austen who came number of times to visit family at Bookham. Some Leatherhead residents point to the fictitious town of Highbury in Emma, first published in 1815, which they believe was based on Leatherhead.
John Wesley also stopped by, the founder of the Methodist movement and strong anti-drinking campaigner gave his last sermon at Kingston House. It was said he gave over 42,000 sermons in his lifetime, but he died a week after his visit to Leatherhead.
Leatherhead became a training ground in the First World War and a garrison town in the Second World War. Canadian troops in particular were stationed here and are celebrated in some of the street names.
Today it’s a vibrant and charming town with excellent transport links and quick access to the stunning Surrey countryside.
Leatherhead Removals Company
Whether you are moving to or from Leatherhead, or beyond, we pride ourselves on making the experience as hassle-free and streamlined as possible. With over 160 years of experience as a leading UK removal company, our personable, expert removals team will take the stress out of moving home or office.
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Secure Household Storage in Leatherhead
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.
Why use Over’s for your storage needs?
Of course, it’s not just the calibre of our personnel that matters. We are also proud of our modern fleet of specialised removal vehicles, lifting equipment, packaging and dedicated storage facilities to help us best cater to all your storage requirements.