The opening of the London to Portsmouth railway in 1859 was an important landmark in Haslemere’s history as it enabled many people to come to Haslemere and district and enjoy the lovely countryside and healthy air. Among these were famous artists, writers and scientists such as Alfred Lord Tennyson, Conan Doyle, George Bernard Shaw and George Eliot.
Today Haslemere has a thriving town with inns, restaurants and interesting local shops. There is a town hall which hosts concerts and doubles as a cinema one night a week. With the opening of the tunnel on the A3, Haslemere and Hindhead is becoming a very sought after area to live.