This website is aimed at the residents of Cranleigh and anyone thinking of visiting or moving to the area. It provides a comprehensive directory of businesses
in the area, information on the numerous clubs, societies and organisations
Cranleigh has, plus a what's on guide
covering a range of activities in and around the village.
There is also local news
and links to travel
, plus specific information on the facilities within Cranleigh.
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Cranleigh, the name derived from the cranes thought to have been prevalent at one time in the area, lies near the A281 between Guildford and Horsham. Despite having been deprived of a rail link in 1965, Cranleigh has prospered both as a satellite of Guildford, and as a service and light engineering centre in its own right. It is also a retail centre for the surrounding smaller villages.
The Anglican parish church of St Nicolas dates the first building on its site from around 1170, and the building was in its present form by the mid 14th century. The parish is in the Diocese of Guildford.
The village goes without a mention in the Domesday Book of 1085, although a population must have existed a century later large enough to warrant the building of the church. In common with other parts of the Weald, the forests supplied the timber which fuelled the ironworks which, apart from peasant agriculture, was the only place of employment.
Cranleigh is twinned with Vallendar, Germany
and Semur-en-Auxois, France
Every year the Cranleigh & South Eastern Agricultural Society hold the Cranleigh Show, which is a traditional agricultural show.