Puttenham and Crooksbury Commons
|Site of Special Scientific Interest|
|Area of Search||Surrey|
|Area||113.8 hectares (281 acres)|
|Location map||Magic Map|
Puttenham and Crooksbury Commons is a 113.8-hectare (281-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest between Farnham and Guildford in Surrey. Puttenham Common is owned by the Hampton Estate and managed on behalf of Surrey County Council by the Surrey Wildlife Trust. Hillbury Hillfort on Puttenham Common is a scheduled monument. It is a univallate hillfort which probably dates to the Iron Age.
Crooksbury hill at 162 metres (531 ft), is the highest point on Crooksbury Common. It is the 21st highest hill in Surrey. 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 is of archaeological interest. There is a hill fort at Hillbury which is a scheduled monument, probably dating back to the Iron Age. The site can be found on the highest point of the hill above Cutmill pond.
Romping Downs in the west of this area (or the south Chobham Ranges) have a broad top which is 118 metres above sea level and has a minimum descent (notch/col) of 36 metres, the 34th highest hill in Surrey of the 36 listed by the national hill-climbing database.
- "Designated Sites View: Puttenham and Crooksbury Commons". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
- "Map of Puttenham and Crooksbury Commons". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
- "Puttenham Common". Surrey Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
- "Hillbury Hillfort". Historic England. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
- Database of British and Irish Hills Retrieved 2015-03-06
- Surrey Wildlife trust - Puttenham Common[permanent dead link]
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