Puttenham & Crooksbury Commons

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Coordinates: 51°12′25″N 0°43′30″W / 51.207°N 0.725°W / 51.207; -0.725

Crooksbury Common

Puttenham & Crooksbury Commons lie to the south of the Hog's Back which runs between Farnham and Guildford in Surrey, England. The commons are sites of special scientific interest (SSSI)[1] and are managed by English Nature. Both commons lie on greensand and are covered with heathland.

Crooksbury Common[edit]

Looking at the only sector of the potential view currently available, which is otherwise obscured by trees. Centred looking to the west of Hindhead from the view-table SU 8787 4595.

Crooksbury hill at 162 metres (531 ft), is the highest point on Crooksbury Common. Atop the hill lies a triangulation point with views over the valley towards Hindhead and Gibbet Hill. It was mentioned in a Sherlock Holmes short story, "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist", in which Holmes is called upon to solve a singularly interesting case involving Miss Violet Smith.

The name Crooksbury is of Celtic origin. The fragments 'cruc' or 'crug' refer to burial mounds usually on a hill-top, which may pertain to fact there are earthworks on the flank of Crooksbury hill one of which is called Soldier's Ring.

Puttenham Common[edit]

The view from Puttenham Common top car park

Surrey Wildlife trust notes that Puttenham Common is of archaeological interest. There is a hill fort at Hillbury which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, probably dating back to the Iron Age. The site can be found on the highest point of the hill above Cutmill pond.[2]


  1. ^ Guildford Borough
  2. ^ Surrey Wildlife trust - Puttenham Common

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