Gostrey Meadow, Farnham

Location: Gostrey Meadow, Union Road, Farnham, GU9 7RT

The park covers 1.08h (2.7acres) and was created in 1910 by Farnham Urban District Council as a recreational area for the residents of Farnham. It also includes the Evelyn Borelli Garden of Rest.

The name comes from 17th Century meadows, part of The Bush Hotel estate which was known as Gostreeds. Today the grounds include:

  • A children's play area
  • Farnham's War Memorial
  • Public toilets (managed by Farnham Town Council)
  • The Borelli shelter
  • A drinking fountain, designed by local architect Harold Falkner
  • The park is used for open-air services and ceremonial events.
  • A collection of interesting public art installations at the Evelyn Borelli Garden of Rest.

The River Wey flows through the site, under South Street and along the side of Borelli Walk. The grounds are attended by a permanent Park Keeper employed by Waverley Borough Council’s grounds maintenance contractors.

History of Gostrey Meadow

In the late 17th Century, Gostrey Meadow was part of an 11 acre estate owned by the Bush Hotel. Over the years the estate was broken up and, by the early 1900's, Gostrey Meadow was an area of waste land which was used as a rubbish dump.

In 1908, Farnham UDC decided to buy 2 acres of land off Union Road, together with 1 acre off South Street, to use as a public recreation ground. The purchase price was £1,250, but a further £320 was spent clearing and levelling the site, making footpaths, providing fencing and gates and constructing as bridge over the river. Many local people gave gifts, including trees, roses, flowering plants, oak seats, a children's swing and £21 for a drinking fountain designed by local architect Harold Falkner. On 10 October 1910, Gostrey Meadow was opened to the public.

The War Memorial, designed by architect W.C Watson, was placed by the South Street entrance in 1919, and services are held on Remembrance Sunday every year. During the Second World War the meadow was the site of the British Restaurant, housed in two Nissen huts and staffed by the Women's Voluntary Service, which provided meals for hundreds of people every day. 

Borelli Walk, Farnham

This area is currently closed due to the Brightwells Yard development

This riverside walk is one of the most attractive walks in the Farnham area and commemorates a former prominent figure of Farnham, Mr C. E. Borelli, who served for many years on the Farnham Urban District Council. The site covers 1 ha (2.4 acres).

Page owner: Harri Robinson. Last updated: 13/02/2019 12:09

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