Farncombe, historically Fernecome, is a village and peripheral settlement of Godalming in Waverley, Surrey, England and is approximately 0.8 miles (1.3 km) north-east of the Godalming centre, separated by common land known as the Lammas Lands. The village of Compton lies 1.8 miles (3 km) to the northwest and Bramley 2 miles (3 km) to the east; whilst Charterhouse School is to the west. Loseley Park, in the hamlet of Littleton, lies 1 mile (1.6 km) to the north of the village.

Farncombe Boat House, 2013 (3).jpg
Farncombe Boat House, 2013
Farncombe is located in Surrey
Location within Surrey
OS grid referenceSU976449
• London30 miles (48 km)
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtGU7
Dialling code01483
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°11′46″N 0°36′18″W / 51.196°N 0.605°W / 51.196; -0.605Coordinates: 51°11′46″N 0°36′18″W / 51.196°N 0.605°W / 51.196; -0.605


Farncombe is an ancient site of settlement;[citation needed] archaeological finds from the Bronze age have been found in Northbourne Estate.[1] In more modern history Farncombe appeared in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Fernecome. It was held by the Bishop of Bayeux. Its Domesday assets were: 2 ploughs, 15 acres (61,000 m2) of meadow, woodland worth 3 hogs. It rendered £1 4s 0d.[2]

Few older buildings survive as evidence of its long history; among the oldest is a row of almshouses, built in 1622.[3]

One of the older buildings in Farncombe is Farncombe Infants' School, on Grays Road, near the railway station. It was built by subscription in 1905 and was originally a boys' school. The school became an annexe for the infant school in 1975.


Farncombe is part of one of the five wards that make up the town of Godalming.[4] Farncombe is within the census area Godalming Farncombe and Catteshall (Ward) which had a population of 4600 in 2011.[5]

Transport LinksEdit

Houses in Nightingale Road, 2010

Farncombe is served by the Portsmouth-London railway, through Farncombe railway station, and the Hoppa community bus project. It is near the A3, which links the village with London and Portsmouth, and the M25. It lies on the River Wey and canal boats can be hired there taking travelers up to Guildford and beyond.


Farncombe has a youth football team called Farncombe Youth Football Club (FYFC) for boys and girls from ages 6/7 to 16/17. Farncombe has a Leisure Centre called Godalming Leisure Centre which is home to Godalming Swimming Club. It is home to Farncombe Cricket Club which is on Summers Road and Godalming Tennis Club, also on Summers Road.


Trowers' Bridge, 2007

Farncombe is home to several schools, including:

  • Broadwater school secondary school is on Summers Road. The headmaster is Mrs Elizabeth "Lizzie" Matthews and there are three houses; Pegasus, Phoenix and Aquilla.[6]
  • Farncombe Infants is on Grays Road. The headteacher is Mrs Andrea Simonsson and there are 5 classes, Apple, Lime, Oak, Beech and Sycamore. This school is primary.[7]
  • The Ladybird Nursery is on Fern Road. The manager and owner is Mrs Pamela Twocock. This school is of 3 months to the time of full-time education (around 5 years).[8]

Pubs, Shops and BusinessesEdit

Farncombe is served by a number of traditional English pubs including: The Freeholders (closed in 2017),[9][10] The White Hart,[11] The Charterhouse (closed in 2019)[12] and The Cricketers[13] which has associations with Julius Caesar who played cricket in the area. It is also home to shops and businesses.

Notable peopleEdit

Jack Phillips
  • John George "Jack" Phillips (1887–1912) was born in Farncombe. He died while serving as senior wireless operator on board the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. He continued working as the ship sank, trying to contact other ships that might be able come to the assistance of the Titanic.[14] The Jack Phillips pub in Godalming High Street is named after him.
  • Alan P. F. Sell (1935-2016), academic and theologian was born in Farncombe.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Northbourne Estate Archived January 9, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Surrey Domesday Book Archived October 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1293743)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Broadwater School
  7. ^ Farncombe Infants
  8. ^ The Ladybird Nursery Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ https://whatpub.com/pubs/SHB/229/freeholders-farncombe
  10. ^ The Freeholders Archived 2012-03-01 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "White Hart". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  12. ^ The Charterhouse Pub
  13. ^ The Cricketers Archived 2011-01-03 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Titanic

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