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Pictures of Shere

a Picturesque Village in the county of Surrey

About Shere

This lovely tranquil village on the picturesque Tillingbourne, nestles beneath the rolling countryside of the North Downs. It is rich with pretty cottages with black and white timber-framing, many with over-hanging first storeys, with some dating from the 16th century.

The attractive Church of St.James is approached via a Lych-gate designed by Sir Edwin Luytens in 1902. The church is believed to date from 1190, it has a Norman tower, and pointed arches characteristic of Early English style.

A legend exists telling of a time when King John visited the tree encircled waters of the Silent Pool lying a mile west of the village. He is said to have surprised a maiden bathing naked, she was so over-come that she slipped and drowned! Fact or fiction, this is still a delightful tale, the stuff that English country villages are made of.

Shere is found between Guildford and Dorking, lying close to the North Downs Way.
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