Leatherhead Guide

Guide to Leatherhead a small, historic market town in the county of Surrey, England, United Kingdom.

Review of Leatherhead in Surrey

A small market town close to Epsom in Surrey, Leatherhead has a population of just under 10,000 inhabitants and developed around a bridge over the River Mole in medieval times.

The original settlement from which the town grew dates from Anglo-Saxon times, when it was known as Leodridan (roughly meaning "place where people can cross the river").

The Swan Hotel beside the River Mole was a busy coaching station for over three hundred years, it is now a Travelodge.

Though extensively modernised during the 1970's and 1980's, Leatherhead still has some old buildings in its centre, one of the oldest being the Running Horse pub, which dates from around 1403.

Leatherhead saw its greatest period of expansion dueing the 19th century with the arrival of the railway.

During the 20th century Leatherhead's inhabitants were mostly employed in light industry, though by the end of the 1980's this had mostly disappeared, today commerce and service industries are the main employers.

Leatherhead town centre's only hotel, the Bull Hotel, closed down in the 1990's.

Leatherhead is easily accessible from the M25 motorway (junction 9), and also by rail, joining with London Waterloo, London Victoria and Wimbledon.

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