Chiddingfold is a stunning Surrey village, with many timber-framed Wealden houses and quaint cottages surrounded by spectacular countryside. During the reign of Elizabeth I, Chiddingfold was famous for its glass-making with no fewer than 11 glass works on the village green.
Today, in the hub of the village you will find several pubs, shops and a village pond, along with The Old Forge Cottage, a National Heritage and Grade 2 listed building.
An advert in the Parish magazine at the time, proclaimed the building to be over 600 years old – which would make it one of the oldest residential houses in the area!
It is reported that horse shoes were still being forged at the Old Forge Cottage up until 1914 with definite records of a forge being on site for 600 years. There is evidence of a well in the back garden which probably provided the forge with the water it needed on site. The forge served the community not least visitors (who were likely to be pilgrims travelling between Salisbury and Canterbury) who would rest at The Crown built by Cistercian monks in the 13th century.
There is a horseshoe by the front door which may well have been one of the last to be forged at the Old Forge Cottage.
Other uses across the past 100 years include an antiques shop c.1955, where the flower beds at the front of the house were first seen bounded by the wrought iron railings which are still in place today. It was also a ‘café’ providing teas and coffees with an unusual combination of cakes and cardigans!
The cottage also enjoyed life as an overflow for The Crown – with the long room being used as a ‘restaurant’ according to a prior owner who still lives in the village.
The Old Forge Cottage enjoys so many of the charming feature characteristics that keen fans of this style of property are so often searching for. Whether it’s the glorious Inglenook fireplace with bread oven, beamed walls & ceilings, exposed timber floor-boards including some that are quite likely to have come from ships, or the beautiful oak-panelled study – The Old Forge Cottage promises quintessential charm and period features.
Speaking of The Old Forge Cottage, Jonathan Rhodes-Smith, Partner of Burns and Webber Godalming, says:
“This is a rare opportunity to purchase a period home of local historic interest. As you step inside you are immediately overwhelmed by the charm the property offers. Despite being a period home, and the propensity of timber beams, this is not a house that feels dark nor does it have particularly low ceilings/beams unlike some similar style properties. All round, we think it makes for a very practical period house for many!”