House Clearance Great Bookham
Few little facts about Great-Bookham
Great Bookham is a village in Surrey.The Bookhams, which include Great and Little Bookham, are part of the Saxon settlement of Bocham - "the village by the beeches". They are surrounded by common land. Great Bookham is the larger village, however, Little Bookham houses the railway station.
Great Bookham appears in Domesday Book as Bocheham.
Jane Austen is said to have spent time in Bookham whilst writing several of her novels in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Its location is consistent with the geographical details in Emma.
The King and Queen of Yugoslavia were evacuated to a house in Bookham during the second world war, and King George VI and his bride spent their honeymoon at Polesden Lacey, a country house situated to the south of the village overlooking Ranmore Common.
Pink Floyd bass player and singer, Roger Waters, was born in Great Bookham in 1943.
The Bookham football club Bookham is in the Combined Counties Premier Division with all the new teams coming into it from the Ryman League. The club was founded prior to World War I.
Bookham Commons includes the two commons in Great Bookham and Little Bookham. Great Bookham Common was bought by local residents in 1923 to save the oak woodlands, then given to the National Trust. Little Bookham Common was given to the Trust in 1924 by Mr H Willock-Pollen, then Banks Common in 1925 by Mr R Calburn.
The common land consist of grassland (wet, low-lying meadows), woodland, scrub and twelve ponds. The ponds are home to all three British species of newt, including the rare Great Crested Newt. The five largest ponds are man-made, formed for fish-production in the 17th-century.
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