Street, Puttenham towards
St John the Baptist Church
on the hill behind
Day Aspect and Character
has one long village street in a pretty situation
just south of the Hogs Back bordering lovely countryside
across Puttenham Common which is full of public paths.
The village is a mixture of brick, stone, timber and tile-hung buildings strung along
the Pilgrim’s Way with many cottages, on slopes, approached by
steps. It lies on the precise dividing line between the chalk and
John The Baptist Church
of St John the Baptist is at the eastern entrance to the village where its
C15 tower stands like a gatehouse. It is a church with medieval
origins merged into a 1861 restoration by Woodyear.
Close by is a farm yard conversion which is now a number of
residences, showing Puttenham's ability to change with the times and
keep the treasures of the past.
down School Lane from The Street
Above the villages of
Puttenham and neighbouring Seale runs
the narrow chalk spine of the North Downs between Farnham and
Guildford. The Hogs Back is the well known and well
trodden route that has carried an important road for centuries.
To the east is the main A3 so it is all the more a wonder
that Puttenham and
Seale still remain essentially such rural communities.
To the south the countryside opens like an endless parkland and the Cutt
Mill Ponds each have their own beauty and identity.
Once so important to the area, the extensive hop fields have
now much reduced, but the sight of tractors in the surrounding
fields is still common. Along Puttenham
Lane, the wonderful open country road to Shackleford,
there is now the more familiar sight of farmed pigs.
Suffield Lane, which also runs south from Puttenham towards
Elstead, is The
National Trust owned Puttenham Common. This area
is beloved of walkers and riders,
below which are the six stretches of water collectively known as
Cutt Mill Ponds. The
Tarn is the largest and most popular with anglers, separated from
the others by the road from Puttenham to Elstead.
Church of England Tel: 01483 810317
½ m north east of Puttenham
One of Voysey’s best houses built in 1896 in
a superb position facing S just under the brow of the Hog’s Back.
Other buildings of note in the area are
Puttenham Priory, a
handsome Palladian villa built in 1762 by Thomas Parker. At
one time losing its condition whilst being used as an old people's
home, it is privately owned and beautifully restored. Greys Home Farm,
to the north of The Street and Winters are both
C18 properties of note.
The Good Intent, The Street, Puttenham licensed as a public house
since the mid 1800s and built during the 1600s. Puttenham Golf
Course is close by. Low beams and inglenook fireplace all serve to
make this a popular spot. Tel: 01483 810387
The Jolly Farmer, Puttenham Heath a comfortable pub/restaurant
directly opposite Puttenham Golf Club and placed between the main
A31 from Guildford to Farnham and the A3 from London to
Portsmouth. Tel: 01483 810374