Godalming

Godalming /ˈɡɒdəlmɪŋ/ is a historic market town, civil parish and administrative centre of the Borough of Waverley in Surrey, England, 4 miles (6.4 km) south-south-west of Guildford and 30.5 mi (49.1 km) south-west of London. It traverses the River Wey in the Greensand Ridge – a hilly, wooded part of London's Metropolitan Green Belt. In 1881, it was the world's first place to have public electricity supplies and electric street lighting.[3]

Godalming
Market town and Civil parish

Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Godalming
Godalming
Location within Surrey
Area9.68 km2 (3.74 sq mi)
Population21,804 (Civil Parish 2011)[1] or 22,689 as to its Built-up Area[2]
 Density2,252/km2 (5,830/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSU9744
 London30.5 miles (49.1 km)
Civil parish
  • Godalming
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGODALMING
Postcode districtGU7
Dialling code01483
PoliceSurrey
FireSurrey
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Surrey
51.18°N 0.61°W / 51.18; -0.61

The town has visual appeal, favourable transport links and high proportion of private housing.[4] In 2007 it was voted fourth-best UK area in which to live.[5] Waverley borough, which includes Godalming, was judged in 2013 to have the highest quality of life in Britain,[6] and in 2016 to be the most prosperous.[7]

Godalming shares a three-way twinning with Joigny in France and Mayen in Germany. There are friendship links with the US state of Georgia (James Oglethorpe of Godalming founded the colony of Georgia) and with Moscow.


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