Connections with the famous

Sir Lawrence Olivier lived in Ashurst with his wife, Dame Joan Plowright, until his death in 1989. His funeral was held in St James' Church but his ashes are interred in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey.

Margaret Fairless Barber, better known as Michael Fairless, is buried in Ashurst Church. After her death in 1901 her book 'The Roadmender' became a best-seller.

Paul McCartney and Wings filmed the video for Wonderful Christmas Time in The Fountain Inn in 1979.