First off, to save me having to do much (or, in fact, any) research into its history, I've blatantly cut and pasted this from some website or other:
"Godalming was first recognised as a settlement back in Saxon times when it was given its name which means "of the family or clan of Godhelm". The town grew rapidly and is documented in the Domesday book with the industries provided by watermills creating its wealth and prosperity.
In the 13th century Godalming became the property of the See of Salisbury with a thriving market and annual fair. During medieval times, further industries prospered with the town being recognised as a major manufacturer of woollen cloth, paper and leather. Godalming is still famous for knitwear today.
In 1764 trade in Godalming was greatly enhanced with the opening of the Godalming Navigation which connected the town to the Wey Navigation at Guildford. Although trade ceased many years ago, Godalming Wharf is today very popular with canal boats as it is the most southerly navigable point on the main canal and river network of England.
By 1881, Godalming had found itself well and truly placed in the history books, as it became the first town in the world to have a Public Electricity Supply.
By the 1950's most of the industries which had kept the town afloat for many years were in decline, or had disappeared altogether. However, the interesting and lengthy history of Godalming is still evident to see in its range of buildings and architecture, including the 19th century town hall, nicknamed the Pepperpot due to it's unusual shape.
Today, Godalming is a prosperous commuter town for London and is twinned with both the towns of Joigny in France and Mayen in Germany."
I would pick holes with the statement that Godalming is famous for its knitwear ('pick holes' 'knitwear' - geddit? Oh, please yourself....) as the Alan Paine factory (they made some nice jumpers and cardis, I believe) has long since gone to the Far East, but the stuff about the electricity's quite interesting, isn't it? It isn't? Oh well.
On to the pictures, then (don't forget you can click on any of them to make them bigger). Although it was cold and v windy today, it was also very bright so I decided to walk into Godalming (I live about a mile and half outside it) and would take the camera and finally get round to taking pictures of the lovely buildings.
The Church of Saints Peter and Paul, and a quite gingerbready house next door which is a solicitors' office.
View down Church Street, towards the High Street. This street and its buildings were used as a location in that execrable 2006 film 'The Holiday' with Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black.
This is our local! Dating from 1832, The Star does a vast range of real ales and ciders, plus they make a wicked burger.
I think this may have been a coaching inn once, as you can still see the gap the stagecoaches would go through. It's now a gift shop and a rather fabulous (and pricey) antique jewellery shop.
This is a gorgeous building. Most beaming on the front of these black and white Medieval houses is straight and perhaps some slight curves (see the coaching inn above) but this is loads of circles.
This is the Pepperpot, built in 1814, which used to be Godalming's Town Hall. I can't believe I forgot to take a picture of it today, so I've downloaded this from the Dover Directory website. I hope they don't mind.
This fabulous jetted Medieval building also has a very tall gap through which coaches could pass, so this was probably an Inn as well. There were originally 84 pubs/inns/hostelries in Godalming so it could well have been. I have just looked it up and, interestingly, it used to be the White Hart Inn, dates from the 16th century and it is reputed that Dick Turpin stayed overnight!
The bank is 16th/17th century but I'm more taken by the black warehouse loading bays next door - turns out it used to be a wool merchant's house and the hoist to load the bales of wool is still there somewhere.
This is just lovely. I don't know the date but I think it must be late 17th century because the brickwork on this obviously Flemish-inspired building is very similar to the next building pictured, which is dated 1663.
The windows in this building look like lace - it's just beautiful. The white oval plaque says 1663.
This is Crown Court, although I'm not sure why.
There are other, plainer but still lovely buildings down the High Street. This looks very Georgian to me.
The biggest pub and hotel in the Town is the King's Arms which dates from 1753. Its main claim to fame is that Czar Peter the Great stayed overnight here in 1798.
There's a plaque to commemorate this.
I just wanted to put this in - it's Knit Along, the wool shop that is a relic from the days of Miss Marple which is sadly now closing.
Next to the wool shop is this building which, in the 1980s, housed a recording studio where I've recorded. I think it's now an accountants, but it looks like it was originally another wool merchant's place, what with the big double doors all over the front.
There are plenty other buildings in the High Street and surrounding streets I could have photographed, but I had to get back for Roger the Boiler Man so he could make my house all warm again. However, on my walk back I passed a couple of interesting houses:
Those of you who enjoy a bit of Kevin McCloud and have good memories, may recall this house featuring on Grand Designs, way back in 2006. Built by a couple of airline pilots to resemble a 1930s Art Deco house. They said it was in Guildford, but it isn't.
This is a gorgeous little Victorian Gothic revival house, ideally situated right at the entrance of the municipal cemetery - this so appeals to the Buffy in me!
So there we are, that's a very brief trip round Godalming. Hope you enjoyed it.