CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Surrey Life today CLICK HERE

Puttenham: Surrey village life

PUBLISHED: 16:49 05 January 2012 | UPDATED: 20:51 20 February 2013

Puttenham: Surrey village life

Puttenham: Surrey village life

Home to a founding member of rock band Queen, the villlage of Puttenham has genuine Royal links too (not to mention an up-and-coming vineyard and a great pub)

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine December 2011


Home to a founding member of rock band Queen, the villlage of Puttenham has genuine Royal links too (not to mention an up-and-coming vineyard and a great pub)


SUBSCRIBE to Surrey Life magazine
BUY SL online


Village voice
The basic ingredients for a lively village are a school, a pub, a church and a shop, says former Puttenham churchwarden John Hewitson. Yet, despite losing its shop, Puttenham remains lively because Puttenham School is top of its class; The Good Intent pub lives up to its name; and the church stands sentinel over the village. However, it is the people, not buildings, that make a village lively.


Did you know?
Adjacent to the first green at Puttenham Golf Club is a mound known as Frowsbury Hill. This Bronze Age burial site is where on a warm summers day, in July 1858, Queen Victoria stood to take the salute of 20,000 members of the British Army during a special parade. Thirty-six years after the Queens visit, General Sir Frederick Marshall wrote to Mark Smallpiece, Lord of Puttenham Manor, asking if he would allow a group of army officers, Charterhouse School masters and local businessmen to form a golf club on his land at Puttenham Common. The fact that General Marshall was a special favourite of Queen Victoria at the time probably helped sway his judgement and, thus, Puttenham Golf Club was born.


At the village hall
Activities at The Marwick Hall include a weekly childrens dance class, puppy training and the fortnightly meetings of the youth club. It is also used for regular meetings of the parish council, garden club and history society.


Did you know 2?
In the 1970s, one of the yew trees lining the path up to the church sank into the ground, revealing a well, long disused, but believed to be the town well referred to in an 18th century document about a disastrous fire in the church.


Making the headlines
The nearby Hampton Estate has been used for a number of high profile films, including Russell Crowes outing as Robin Hood. Most recently, however, it was host to a 30-foot beanstalk for the movie Jack the Giant Killer.


Grab a bite
The Good Intent pub has been featured in the CAMRAs Good Beer Guide for over 20 years and features three regular real ales. The food is good honest pub grub and the atmosphere is friendly.


Something to take home
Up on the Hogs Back, youll find Greyfriars Vineyard. Originally planted in 1989, it has enjoyed over 20 years in production as a successful micro-vineyard. Last year, the estate was taken over by former oilman Mike Wagstaff, and now the vineyard is embarking on an exciting period of expansion to turn it from hobby scale to commercial.


In the spotlight




  • Roger Taylor, drummer of Queen, is the most famous current resident.



  • The village was mentioned in Brave New World by Aldous Huxley his family had considerable connections to neighbouring Compton and he is buried in Compton Cemetery.



  • The actor David Niven used to live on the Hogs Back in a house that is now a BUPA nursing home.



Getting there
Just off the Hogs Back by car, the nearest main train station is Guildford, with the smaller Farncombe and Warnborough also within reach.


Next month: Brockham. Pre-order the magazine at buyamag.co.uk, using the code NV954 to claim 50p off your copy.

More from Surrey Life

16:05

The new hotel is set to open in spring 2019 and will be located in the heart of the vineyard, offering sweeping views over the North Downs Way.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:53

From Santa’s Grottos, to Victorian Christmas markets and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s on in Surrey this season

Read more
Yesterday, 10:47

Whether you're looking for fine dining, pub grub or exotic dishes, eating out in Surrey has something for everyone. Here's our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Read more
Yesterday, 10:41

Having bloomed in Brighton’s restaurant scene over the past decade, The Chilli Pickle opened its second site in Guildford this summer

Read more
Mon, 14:32

Historic Royal Palaces and IMG have announced that Kylie Minogue is the first headliner confirmed for Hampton Court Palace Festival 2019. These will be her only London shows of summer 2019. Here’s how you can get tickets

Read more
Mon, 12:56

Enjoy this linear rail to ramble section of the Thames Down Link route taking the short train-ride from Box Hill & Westhumble to Ashtead before walking back

Read more
Mon, 12:13

Great things to do in Surrey this weekend (16, 17 and 18 November): art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

Read more
Friday, November 9, 2018

We round up 10 of the most beautiful photos of Surrey shared on Instagram this week…

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

It’s that time of year when our beautiful countryside is alight with the colours of autumn. Here, we pick out some of her favourite spots to enjoy the seasonal splendour – as well as some perfect places for a post-walk refresher

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Found on the stretch of the River Thames between Weybridge and East Molesey, Sunbury-on-Thames is blessed with a village feel where it meets the water. From antique hunts to the joys of river life, here are a few of our favourite reasons to visit

Read more
Monday, November 5, 2018

Verity & Violet are Loui and Jess – a singing duo from Surrey who specialise in blending vintage classics with modern favourites. The two have achieved success in the capital, but are now hoping to attract an audience closer to home

Read more
Friday, November 2, 2018

With the Christmas celebrations seemingly starting earlier every year, it all feels a little too ‘soon’ sometimes, but what if you want to look your best for Christmas & New year celebrations and are considering having cosmetic non-surgical procedures? The Bella Vou Pantiles Clinic offers surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures and treatments from a purpose-built private clinic in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells

Read more
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Living in England’s most densely wooded county, it’s always a pleasure to witness Surrey donning its autumn finery. Here’s some of the best places to do just that - plus a few pub pit stops to enjoy on route!

Read more
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

We are regularly reminded of the high cost of housing with statistics revealing that only one in three millennials will be able to afford their own home during their lifetime and that most will remain in the category known as Generation Rent

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest


Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search