LEATHERHEAD

HISTORY

“Leatherhead has , at times, been known as the county town of Surrey, yet has never lost its village identity.”

Edwina Vardey, Leatherhead, a History

 Leatherhead was officially chartered as a town in 1248 and development of the town since then is reflected in the town centre layout and many historic buildings. Frequented by illustrious visitors that included Queen Elizabeth I, the reformist preacher John Wesley, the politician and newspaper magnate Lord Beaverbrook and many others, the town has made its mark on history.

Much of the town centre forms a conservation area and over 80 of the town’s buildings are listed as being of special architectural or historic interest. From the ancient parish church of St Mary and St Nicholas Church – the earliest parts of which date from the 11th century. To The Leatherhead Theatre on Church Street built in 1969 by Roderick Ham, one of the country’s foremost theatre architects.

To find out more about the history of the town visit the local history museum (open April – December) in Church Street in the delightful surroundings of Hampton Cottage.

View of St Mary's Church

POPULATION

LEATHERHEAD TOWN

11,316

WITHIN 20 MINS DRIVE

369,459

People on High Street

BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE

Business and enterprise has steadily grown in Leatherhead since 2016.

There are weekly markets and specialist markets on the High Street and within the Swan Shopping Centre.

NUMBER OF BUSINESSES 2016 to 2019

1,055 to 1,090

TOP INDUSTRIES

  • Professional, Scientific & Technical
  • Information & Communication
  • Construction
  • Financial & Insurance

Leatherhead’s largest businesses include Unilever, KBR, CGI, SES Engineering services and Bytes Software services. 

VISIT LEATHERHEAD

At the gateway to the Surrey Hills, located where the rolling chalk hills of the North Downs meets the Thames lowlands, Leatherhead has always enjoyed a tradition as host to the traveller or visitor.

The picturesque town of Leatherhead is surrounded by greenery and within each reach of the Surrey Hills. The River Mole is just a few minutes stroll from the town centre ensuring peace and relaxation.

Shops, cafes, galleries and a theatre sit amongst an eclectic mix of architectural styles. The ancient parish church and historic houses of past local families are evidence of a varied past and a lively town.

Find out more about the places to visit, things to do, where to shop, where to eat, whats on and more at:

Walking by River Mole