“About 4 in ye morning dyed with ye smallpox Richard Keen ye sawyer his last place of abode was at ye signe of ye Worlds End in Meadrow.”
1st November 1723 Laurence Lee
There has been an ale house on this site for over 300 years. In the 18th century, and perhaps aptly as it was the last outside Godalming, the house traded as World's End.
The earliest records suggest that it has always been a tavern and as such is entwined in centuries of imbibing history. Those unlucky local souls who were condemned to the gallows were hung in great ceremony on the Lammas Lands, a strip of open meadow by the River Wey near to the pub, and oftentimes the bodies were laid-out in the cellar of the tavern to await collection by the family of the deceased.
At a time when Farncombe was a village, Godalming was a more distant town and there were green fields all about, there were scores of establishments serving up alcohol and a warm welcome. These were supplied by a healthy number of local brewers, one of which was the Sun Brewery in Godalming which at one time owned The Three Lions. Today the pub is owned by Kentish brewers Shepherd Neame, the oldest brewery in the land, and who are best known for their Spitfire ale and their outlandish advertising campaigns that take a humorous dig at our wartime opponents across the Channel . . . and all without ever mentioning the war.