Runfold lies on the ancient trackway known as the Pilgrims' Way and on the former route of the A31 road, which has by-passed the village since the early 1990s. Loss of through traffic has made the village safer and quieter but has affected the village economy, with the loss of the service station, post office and "Alf's Café", a notable transport café. One pub remains; this is the Princess Royal which has recently expanded and now offers hotel accommodation; the former Jolly Farmer has now become a Chinese restaurant called Keis.
The village has been seriously affected by mineral extraction, subsequent infilling of the resultant sand and gravel pits, and the heavy vehicle movements associated with that industry.
John Henry Knight, a former resident of Barfield House in the village, built "The first petroleum carriage for two people made in England". Barfield School, an independent mixed gender Primary School, is now located there; Mike Hawthorn, Britain's first Formula One motor racing World Champion was educated here.
Runfold, along with a number of other villages in the Surrey and Sussex Weald (such as Alfold, Dunsfold, Durfold, Kingsfold and Chiddingfold) comprise the "Fold Villages", the suffix probably relating to the clearance of forest and staking out of resultant pasture as grazing land for sheep or cattle in Saxon times.
- Kei's Peking Restaurant, Farnham, 12 May 2010"
- From: Evening Standard - London Date: 19 October 2005
- Brooklands.org John Henry Knight - "The first petroleum carriage for two people made in England"
- Farnham Herald, 23 May 2008
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