St Catherine's Hill, Surrey

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The base of St Catherine's Hill
Looking up St Catherine's Hill towards the chapel.
St Catherine's Chapel on top of St Catherine's Hill

St Catherine's Hill is a hill south of Guildford in Surrey, England, with a ruined chapel on its top.

The hill is about half a mile south of Guildford on the way to Godalming, near the village of Artington and the River Wey.[1] The village is on a sandstone outcrop near the Pilgrims' Way, at the crossing on the river.


The name is derived from the chantry chapel, a ruined ancient monument on top of the hill. This was probably a chapel of ease associated with St Nicholas Church in Guildford and was built in the early 14th century by the rector of the church, Richard de Wauncey. A five-day fair has been held here historically, licensed by King Edward II in 1308.


The hill and chapel were depicted by the artist J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851), with engravings including some in the Tate Gallery.[2][3] The watercolourist Percy Robertson (1868–1934) painted the view from the hill in 1891.[4]


  1. ^ "Guildford: St Catherine's". Exploring Surrey's Past. UK. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  2. ^ "St Catherine's Hill near Guildford c.1808". UK: Tate. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  3. ^ "St Catherine's Hill, near Guildford, Surrey 1832". UK: Tate. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Percy Robertson". UK: Godalming Museum. Retrieved 9 April 2016.

Coordinates: 51°13′27″N 0°34′43″W / 51.22427°N 0.57848°W / 51.22427; -0.57848