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Exploring Cranleigh

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Sunday, 5 February, 2017
10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Cranleigh Village Hall Cranleigh GU6 8AF


Join the Chairman of Surrey Hills Society, Chris Howard and Andrew Povey on a free guided walk around some of the hidden gems of Cranleigh – reputed to be the largest village in England. We will be walking around key sites, as well as discovering some of the pretty countryside in and around the village.

Although Cranleigh is not mentioned in the Domesday Book, the Anglican parish church of St Nicolas dates the first building on its site from around 1170, and the building was in its present form by the mid-14th century. The church has a gargoyle, situated on a pillar inside the church, which is said to have inspired Lewis Carroll, who lived in Guildford, to create the Cheshire Cat.

Oliver Cromwell visited Knowle in 1657, his soldiers being billeted in houses in the village.

The Reverend John Henry Sapte arrived in Cranleigh in 1846 as the rector. He played a major role in setting up the National School in 1847 and Cranleigh School in 1865. He remained in the village until his death in 1906, by this time having been appointed Archdeacon of Surrey. He helped set up the first cottage hospital in the country in 1859. It has survived many attempts to close it, through fundraising by the local community. However it lost its beds for in-patients in May 2006

David Mann’s department store opened in Cranleigh 1887 and is still in business.

Booking is essential even though the event is free. The walk is open to all reasonably fit walkers and dogs are also welcome. Meet us at Cranleigh village hall (GU6 8AF) at 10.30am for a prompt 11am start. There is a Waverley Pay & Display car park next to the Village Hall. The walk is about 6 miles long and we will end the walk with an optional drink/lunch at 1.30pm.

For further details and enquiries, contact info@surreyhillssociety.org  or text Chris on 07879841000 to book your place on this event.

Please note that the Surrey Hills Society and its Event partners accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or personal injury during events. Participants are requested to wear appropriate clothing and footwear and take due care and attention. The Society uses members’ photographs on social media and on our website.  If you are not happy to have your photo taken during this event, please notify us in writing prior to the event and make the event organiser aware on the day.