Hope, by GF Watts
Hope, by GF Watts

A few points about our local environment and culture…

Broadwater lake (pond) is popular with many anglers, and once held the record for the largest crucian carp caught in the UK (4lbs 11oz).

Farncombe is possibly best known for being the birthplace of John “Jack” Phillips, hero and Chief Telegrapher on the RMS Titanic.
It is also the only place (in the world) that has a level-crossing directly each side of its train station, unless anyone knows otherwise!

Historic Godalming boasts James Edward Oglethorpe as one of its sons – founder of the colony of Georgia (1732), British general, Member of Parliament, philanthropist, and social reformer.
Meanwhile, Mary Tofts (née Denyer) also got her name in the papers, by tricking doctors into believing that she had given birth to rabbits… (Go Google that!)

Cunicularii or The Wise Men of Godliman in Consultation, by Wm. Hogarth
Cunicularii or The Wise Men of Godliman in Consultation, by Wm. Hogarth

Other people with a strong local connection include:

George Frederic Watts, OM, RA – popular English Victorian painter and sculptor associated with the Symbolist movement. He said “I paint ideas, not things.” Lived in Compton.

Gertrude Jeckyll – influential British horticulturist, garden designer, artist and writer, and creator of over 400 gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. Lived in Munstead.

Aldous Huxley – English writer (author of Brave New World), philosopher and a prominent member of the Huxley family. Lived in Peperharow Road.

Mick Mills MBE – English former footballer who played for Ipswich Town, Southampton and Stoke City. He was England’s captain at the 1982 football World Cup, and later managed Stoke City, Colchester United and Birmingham City. Lived in Aarons Hill.

Sam Worthington – Godalming-born Australian and Hollywood actor, best known for the portrayals of Jake Sully in Avatar, Marcus Wright in Terminator Salvation, Perseus in Clash of the Titans and its sequel, Wrath of the Titans, and Alex Mason in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops and its sequel Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Sam’s mum is a member of our Broadwater First Year Alumni group!