The range of Independent Shops in Godalming, Surrey symbolises a tradition of trading spanning over 711 Years and includes Jewellers, Fine Art Supplies, Soft Furnishings, Gifts, Art Galleries, Picture Framing, Ladies Designer Hats, Kids stuff and Music. The vibrant town centre offers a range of services to the town and the outlying villages, as well as Guildford, Farnham and the surrounding area of South West Surrey.
Visitors to Godalming can take full advantage of the diverse range of shops which also include Ladies Accessories, Classic Knitwear, Contemporary Handmade Jewellery, Hobbies, Outdoor Furniture and Pianos. The extensive Health and Beauty services include Opticians, top Hair Salons, a Facial Skin Care Clinic and established Homeopathics practices.
The specialist shops all offer that extra level of service such as an extensive selection of Special Edition CD & DVD Sets at Record Corner, Pianos & Piano Stools at T. Andrews & Co, Model Railway & Scenery accessories at Godalming Central, Luxury Cashmere, Lambswool and Cotton Sweaters for Ladies and Men at the Alan Paine Outlet Store, Teak & Hardwood Furniture direct from Indonesia at Villa & Hut and a unique range of hand picked Soft Furnishings at Pavilion.
Godalming developed as a traditional market town and also prospered from the diverse local industries. For example the strong association with the wool trade goes back over 300 years with a tradition in luxury knitwear going back over 100 years. Indeed the iconic Sports Sweater, a vee-neck woollen sweater in cable stitch with club colours around the cuffs and collar, was first produced by the local firm Alan Paine for the sports teams of Charterhouse School. The style became synonymous with sports teams around the world and indeed became a fashion icon. To this day, the mix of specialist shops reflects back on Godalming's rich past.
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With a couple of the major UK supermarkets, J. Sainsbury's and Waitrose, just a short walk from the picturesque High Street and a good range of traditional shops, the town centre serves the local community well for all those day to day needs. The range of independent specialist shops and specialist services including homepathics, top hair salons and the new facial skin care clinic combined with distinctive regional and national chains offers a special mix of shopping opportunities to the wider communities of Guildford, Farnham and South West Surrey.
Add the friendly ambience of the town and a fine selection of restaurants and cafes and Godalming provides a Genuine High Street Shopping Experience:
Godalming ~ "Going strong since 7th June 1300."