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Great Bookham, and Little Bookham Villages, Surrey, UK

Located on the A246 south west of Leatherhead and near the western tip of the North Downs, Bookham is made up of two village parishes, Great Bookham and Little Bookham. It has a combined population of about 10,500.

The nearest motorway is the M25 at Leatherhead. London Gatwick Airport is 40 minutes away and the local railway station is Little Bookham.

Historically, Bookham was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Jane Austen, the novelist, lived in Bookham around 1800 and King George VI spent his honeymoon in 1923 at nearby Polseden Lacey, which is now a National Trust house and gardens open to the public. The thriving Bookham Football Club has been in existence since before the 1914-1918 First World War.

The nearest large towns and shopping centres are at Leatherhead, Epsom and Guildford. Bookham has a number of pubs, notably The Royal Oak in High St, Great Bookham. Local attractions include Bocketts Farm ,a children's adventure centre, and Painshill Park, an 18th century, 160 acre, landscaped park offering a fun day out for all the family.

Bookham Commons on the North Downs is a site of special scientific interest. Owned by the National Trust and criss-crossed with public footpaths, the commons are a mixture of woodland and grassland with a dozen ponds, which are home to all three species of British newt.

In the centre of Great Bookham stands St Nicolas Church which is over 1000 years old, and nearby is Manor House School, an independent private school for 400 girls aged from 2-16 years.

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