The former market town of Farnham presents a mix of Georgian red brick buildings plus a sprinkling of Victorian architecture and more recently fine examples of modern architecture which sets the town apart as one of the jewels in Surrey’s already top heavy crown. Not only does the town offer a full range of business accommodation housing a thriving business community particularly aimed at the small to medium sized organisations but it also offers a thriving arts hub with an ever improving and vibrant food scheme.
The appeal of the town is further augmented by the range of shops, both national and specialist retailers located within the town centre. The prime shopping pitch is located within The Borough and West Street, off which is the award winning Lion & Lamb shopping yard anchored by a Waitrose supermarket. The town is also well served by town centre car parks.
Castle Street is recognised as one of the best examples of the Georgian architect in the South of England. All these factors have contributed towards the growth of the town which now has a population of almost 40,000 many new residents being particularly attracted as a result of the outstanding educational facilities available locally both in the private and public sector. The town has for many years been the home of the University of the Creative Arts.
The town sits on the border of Surrey & Hampshire in the midst of glorious open countryside and yet has excellent road communications to the national motorway network whilst London Gatwick and Heathrow Airports are both under an hour’s drive from the town centre. Southampton Airport is some 45 miles away whilst business aircraft with charter facilities are available close by at Farnborough using Tag Aviation Business Jet Airport.
The town in recent years has been recognised as being one of the designated England craft towns supporting both world renowned artists and the next generation of emerging makers.
Commercially the town has over the years proved to be a seed bed for a number of leading Uk businesses including British Car Auctions, Pace Petroleum, Lynwood Scientific and Diagonal. The town has always proved a highly sought after base for the smaller professional companies.
Notable local residents who have achieved fame and fortune in the past include John Henry Knight who built one of Britain’s first petrol powered motor vehicles, William Willett campaigner for daylight saving time, Graham Thorpe famous English batsman, Mike Hawthorn who became the first British formula one world champion, David Wickens founder of British Car Auctions, Jonny Wilkinson world famous rugby player and Victor Gauntlett founder of Pace Petroleum and one time owner of Aston Martin.