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Farnham town guide

Farnham is an old English market town with narrow streets lined with some of the finest Georgian architecture in the south of England with a parish church and castle dating back to the 12th Century.

Although Farnham had great strategic importance in the middle ages and the English Civil War, the traffic through Farnham did not significantly increase until the time of the turnpikes. Coaching inns and wheelwrights' businesses sprung up everywhere.

After local inventor John Henry Knight built the first petrol driven motor car in 1895, the town became a centre for motor car building. Farnham was also the home of motor racing hero, Mike Hawthorn, tragicaly killed at the peak of his career.

For the visitor with a hire car, Farnham is an ideal centre for exploring the surrounding countryside with it gentle hills, rivers, leafy lanes, historic buildings and picturesque villages.

Nearby attractions include: Alice Holt Woodland Park on the A325 at Bucks Horn Oak, Birdworld and Underworld at Holt Pound Farnham 26 acres of Aviaries with a variety of exotic birds, Farnham Castle on Castle Hill Farnham a Motte and bailey castle, the Norman Keep is open daily, Frensham Great Pond 1,000 acres of National Trust woodland and heath woodland and heath surrounding the famous ponds.

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