A BIT OF HISTORY…

Holmbury St. Mary is a village in Surrey, England centred on shallow upper slopes of the Greensand Ridge.

Its developed area is clustered 4.5 miles (7 km) southwest of Dorking and 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Guildford.It contains the home which formerly doubled as a major meeting venue of Beatrice Webb, a Fabian social reformer who co-founded the London School of Economics.

The village is named after the hill and the large late 19th century church at its heart which has been little altered. St. Mary’s Church, which overlooks the village green, was initiated and paid for in 1879 by George Edmund Street,

Leith Hill – The hill’s first notable role in history was as a battlefield in the ninth century struggle between Saxons and Danes. the summit of Leith Hill is an 18th-century Gothic tower.

In 1765-6 Richard Hull of nearby Leith Hill Place built “Prospect House”, later to become known as Leith Hill Tower.
(3.3 miles from Holmbury St. Mary)