Farnham’s rich history is brought to life in Farnham in 50 Buildings, a new book by Pat Dargan published by Amberley.

Spanning from its Saxon origins through Norman invasions, the 17th-century hop-growing boom, and beyond, the book guides readers through the town’s evolution.

Key landmarks like the 11th-century Bishop of Winchester’s motte-and-bailey fort, the 12th-century stone castle, and St Andrew’s Parish Church are highlighted. 

The town’s T-shaped layout, enclosed by a surviving town ditch, is unveiled, showcasing its growth during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Georgian prosperity left an indelible mark, with streets like Castle Street, West Street, the Borough, and Downing Street hosting remarkable houses and public buildings. Notable mentions include the museum in West Street and town house developments in Castle Street.

Moving into the 19th and 20th centuries, Farnham underwent expansion with Victorian and Arts and Crafts buildings. Today, the town thrives with a blend of old and new, as former industrial structures find new life in cultural, commercial, or community roles.

Farnham in 50 Buildings serves as a captivating exploration of the town’s history, appealing to residents and enthusiasts alike. Authored by retired architect and planner Pat Dargan, the book, part of Amberley’s 50 Buildings series, is available widely for £15.99.

To stand a chance of winning one of three copies of Farnham in 50 Buildings, simply email your name with the subject ‘50 Buildings competition’ to [email protected] before 5pm on December 14.