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Haslemere

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Things to do: museums, nightlife, shopping
Haslemere is a town in the Borough of Waverley, Surrey, England; it extends to the tripoint with Hampshire and West Sussex and it is the most southerly town in Surrey. The major road between London and Portsmouth, the A3 lies to the west and a branch of the River Wey rises to the south. Haslemere is approximately south-west of Guildford. The town has a commercial district with service and retail amenities. It has a railway station on the Portsmouth Direct Line.HistoryThe earliest record of Haslemere was in 1221 as a Godalming tithing. The name describes hazel trees standing beside a mere (lake). The lake does not exist today, but there is a natural spring in West Street which could have provided its source. In the 14th century, Haste Hill, also called East Hill, was the main settlement at Haslemere and there may have been a church as there were references on the site to "Churchliten field" and the "Old church-yard" of Haslemere Haslemere was granted a charter by Richard II in 1394. This right was confirmed by a new charter issued by Elizabeth I in 1596. Today, this special status is celebrated with the Charter fair, held once every two years in the High Street. There is a bust of Elizabeth I in the newly developed Charter Walk, linking West Street with the car park alongside Waitrose.
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