Welcome to Cranleigh, a pretty village located in Surrey between Guildford and Horsham.
Cranleigh derived its name just after the Norman conquest from its local craneries, its meaning being ‘a woodland clearing visited by cranes’. A crane figure stands on top of the old drinking water fountain of 1874 which can still be found in the middle of the village in ‘Fountain Square’.
Despite losing its rail link in the Beeching cuts of 1965, Cranleigh has prospered both as a satellite of Guildford, and as a services, technology and light engineering centre.
Whether or not Cranleigh is genuinely the largest village in England, it certainly combines village life with the advantages of small town living. Set in in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty, its immediate area is ideal for walking, cycling and riding.
Its busy High Street has a fantastic range of independent shops, including two well known department stores, Mann’s, now over 130 years old, and One Forty, almost 60 years old, interspersed with national retailers such as M&S Food and Sainsburys.
England’s largest village is a welcoming place to live, work and play.