Famous or well-known people who have lived in the village of Shere or in the surrounding villages in the Tillingbourne Valley.
Sir Henry Cole – Worked with Rowland Hill and part responsible for design/introduction of the Penny Black, also introduced first commercial Christmas card – became first Director of what became the Victoria and Albert Museum. Lived at Seaforth Cottage
W M Thackeray - author, wrote part of the Virginians whilst staying with Henry Cole
William Hyde – book illustrator and friend of Hilaire Belloc, illustrating Lime Walk in Belloc’s the Old Road. lived at Sayers.
The Misses Malthus – owned Pound House and then Workshop Cottage. Related sisters(?) to Thomas Robert Malthus economist, and population fame, who was Curate at Wotton.
The Misses Spottiswoods – donated the well to the Village
Lady Arthur Russel donated the swimming pool to the community
Sir Arthur Pearson – founder of the Daily Express, among other publications, and founded St Dunstans Home for the Blind - lived at Round Down, Colekitcken Lane for a period
Flight Lieutenant John Vere Hopgood DFC pilot with 617 squadron RAF who flew on the famous dams raid.
Ernest Read music/conductor
JM Barrie author
Henry Marriott-Watson novelist
Charles Darwin scientist
Percy Lloyd photographer
Sir Edwin Lutyens architect
Helen Allingham artist
Peter Ustinov actor
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novelist
Charles Laughton actor
Elsie Lanchester actor
Andre Previn music/conductor lived at Pantry's for a while
Charles Goodwin Norton pioneer cinematographer
Admiral Nicholas Hunt
Chris Williams motor sport
Lewis Pinhorn wood artist
Benjamin Williams Leader artist
Harry Edwards spiritual healer
Christine Carpenter anchoress
Sir Adrian Boult music/conductor
Margaret Tarrant artist
Dirk Bogarde actor
Nan Marriott Watson actor