This small beautiful village, steeped in history, is centred round a village green with pond, Grade I listed Church, The Crown Inn and other Grade II/II* listed buildings. Chiddingfold lies approximately 12 miles south west of Guildford in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

View over Chiddingfold Image: Susie Forrest

View over Chiddingfold
Image: Susie Forrest

The name Chiddingfold has evolved over the centuries from the Saxon meaning fold, an enclosure for animals, in the hollow belonging to the Caedingas, followers of Cedd or Cedda, the East Saxon Bishop (AD 654- 664). Items from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Celtic and Roman periods are in local museums and are found in the names of places in the parish such as Cherfold, Okelands, Mesels, Frillinghurst, Killinghurst and Sittinghurst [Sydenhurst].

Chiddingfold Village and Pond, 1935 Photographic Record and Survey of Surrey no. 9145

Chiddingfold Village and Pond, 1935
Photographic Record and Survey of Surrey no. 9145

Traditional Wealden industries of glass making and iron founding were carried on from the early 13th century to the 17th century, using timber from the forests in the Weald for fuel. Farming of cattle, sheep and arable, Kersey cloth making, tanning and dyeing, brickworks, coppicing, stick making and large family estates created employment during the various stages of village development to the present day.

St Mary's Church Image: Susie Forrest

St Mary’s Church
Image: Susie Forrest

Key buildings of the village include St Mary’s 12th century church which replaced an earlier wooden chapel, and the Post Office and other shops.

There are three inns: The Swan, The Winterton Arms and the world famous 14th century Crown Inn (see below) built on the site of an earlier ‘Halle’ of 1285.

Crown Inn Image: Susie Forrest

Crown Inn
Image: Susie Forrest

Most properties around the green date from 14th to 16th century. They are timber framed Wealden houses with later additions of tile hung or period facades, as are others within the parish boundaries.

The thriving St Marys Church of England School has provided education for local children since 1837. There are several other facilities for village use including the Village Hall rebuilt in 1994, the Recreation Ground and Pavilion, 1995, Combe Common football ground and the 19th century Cricket Green.

Further information

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  • bookMr H R H White; Chiddingfold, The Village and History of the Parish Church of St Mary
  • bookRev T S Cooper; History of Chiddingfold [Haslemere Museum]

14 Responses to Chiddingfold

  1. c ledger says:

    I grew up in chiddingfold – from 1954 onwards until the early 70’s. we lived at what is now called the coach house – but was then called, with good cause, mariners barn, on the top corner of the green. 3 points if i may. 1. the smithy (in a horrid ruin when last i visited) had being going for hundreds of years; opposite the crown, and next to the ancient thorn tree outside what used to be forrest stores. i had my pony’s shoes shod there many times and people came from miles around to do the same. The blacksmith also repaired all the farmers tools of course – very well too. 2. a roman road runs north up what was called Vann Lane towards eventually guildford – it was also a drove road from the s.downs. my fathers gardner, then 92 in 1957 has been a sheep drover as a boy during and after ww1; he took us all along his route from s harting to guilford sheep market. chiddingfold was a very popular stop as it had 2 pubs – the sheep were out on the green overnight. We picked up many pieces of brightly coloured glass in our garden and we identified over the years where the hammer ponds and charcoal pits were in the woods around the village.

    • B Brooks says:

      We now live at The Coach House and found the old house name ‘Mariners Barn’ – why do you say ‘with good reason’? We are thinking of reinstating the name

  2. robin goodchild says:

    I also grew up in that area, actually in Vann Lane from 1947 to 1969 it is without doubt one of the most beautiful parts of the country and I miss it almost achingly, my younger brother and I fished the brook in our younger days and those memories will never fade , in my late teens I started to investigate the Roman finds and where a Villa may have been located. it is well known that a Roman road still exists the other side of Hambledon Hill toward Godalming but on trying to investigate further it is plain to see that the information is corrupted with the other Hambledon at Denmead which is a great shame as it deserves accurate history , if anybody can point to where this can be read accurately please leave info, thanks

  3. Karen Cain says:

    About 30yrs ago I used to come and visit my grandparents, ernest and evelyn Thrumble who lived right next to the pond, I had such fun catching pondskaters (I put them back afterwards) and I just remember Chiddingfold to be a tranquil beautiful place .

  4. Irena Mills says:

    It may be of interest that many external scenes in the British film ‘The Years between'(1946) starring Michael Redgrave & Valerie Hobson were filmed on location in Chillingfold & include footage of the Crown hotel, Mann’s Garage, the Village green, the village pond with the Grade I listed St Mary’s Church in the background & a few local houses.

  5. Kay Davies says:

    I am researching my husband’s ancestors who lived in Chiddingfold from about 1760 until the 19th century. Their surname was Bookham. Are there any Bookham’s still living in Chiddingfold?
    Thanks Kay Davies

    • Roger Jeffery says:

      Lots of Bookhams in my ancestry on my paternal grandmothers side traced back to 17th century i.e. 8-9 generations, all concentrated in the areas around & between CHIDDINGFOLD, Dunsfold & Kirdford. Kirdford church has several buried there.

  6. Richard Hester says:

    I recently met a gentleman who used to live in Chiddingfold, from the early 20th century, who told me that there used to be a fire station in the village, maybe Woodside Road area ?
    Has anyone any further information on this please ?

  7. John Belchamber says:

    I am trying to research a small group of POWs, who were lent out to Cherfold Farm. The group consisted of German and Italian prisoners plus possibly other nationals who would have been conscripted into the German Army. They were there through to 1948/49. Is there anyone with any memories of them. Were they returned home or did they remain in the area?

    • David Brooks says:

      I’m also interested in German POW’s in Chuddingfold as my grandparents and father lived in the village and my father used to say he remembered my grandfather had two prisoners to look after. One was not so nice and bassically a Nazi. The other was a lovely man who I think was called Jo Ryder or Rider. I’d love to know more about him.

  8. Sharon Thompson says:

    I too am researching my family history. My grandfather George Frederick Budd emigrated to Western Australia in 1922 as a 15 yr old. His parents were Walter and Mary Ann Budd née mins. 1911 census gives the families address as Cherfold Cottage, Chiddingfold, Surrey.
    Are there still any Budds living in the district? I’d love contact if so.

  9. Roger Cooper says:

    I remember some German POWs doing reparation work on the roadside verges on the A 483 in Wormley. I think it was in 1947/8 when I was at Witley primary school.i believe they were billeted in a large house between Chiddingfold and Ramsnest. I have no knowledge of what happened to them but presumably they were repatriated.

  10. Claire Hill says:

    Hello, I have just found this site.
    I am looking for information on anyone who remembers evacuees or was an evacuee and lived in Petworth road opposite the school .
    My mother Gloria Thorne was evacuated there from Wandsworth.
    Any information at all would be warmly received.

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