Chiddingfold's main splendour is the lunchtime pub, the twelfth century Crown Inn. In the late fourteenth century, the publican was convicted of selling ale 'contrary to the assize' (courts tested ale by pouring some on to a wooden bench, then sitting on it - if it had a sticky quality, it was pronounced good). In 1552, Edward VI stayed at this inn, while his 4,000-strong retinue camped on the green.
Chiddingfold was the centre of the stained glass industry between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries and the village was isolated enough to be able to keep working through the plague years, supplying stained glass for St Stephen's Chapel at Westminster in the 1350s.
In the churchyard of the thirteenth century St Mary's Church in Chiddingfold, there is a 1776 epitaph to Arthur Stedman, one shared with many blacksmiths across the country: 'My fire is out, my forge decay'd... '
One kilometer from the village on the afternoon leg of this walk, you come to the grounds of Sydenhurst , on which stood until 2013 the care home of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain in 30 acres of parkland. The Association purchased the property in 1949 as a safe haven for war veterans and invalids unable to work. By 1985 the home had become a residents care home and was registered as such, and opened to non-Ukrainians as well as Ukrainians. The Association sold the property in 2013 to a wealthy businessman who demolished the old premises and built in its place a grandiose Palladian style Mansion, some 27,000 sq ft of Gergian opulence, no expense spared, and named "Balthazar". The owner put his creation on the market for £ 30 Million in summer 2019.
The town of Haslemere is lucky to be surrounded by National Trust land in almost every direction thanks to the campaigns in the early 1900s of Sir Robert Hunter, one of the National Trust's founders, who lived in Haslemere.
In Tudor and Stuart times Haslemere was a centre for the iron industry. With the coming of the railway in the mid-nineteenth century it became a popular spot for literary people. The poet Tennyson's house, Aldworth, is on the slopes of Black Down where he loved to walk; and George Eliot wrote Middlemarch in Shottermill.
The town has an interesting Museum up the High Street, just north of Darnleys tearoom. The museum is open 10.00 am to 5.00 pm Tuesday to Saturday, and has important natural history collections. Other highlights include an Egyptian mummy, Zulu beadwork and Eastern European peasant art, plus a fine explanatory display of local wild flowers in the foyer.
The RSPCA Lockwood Equine Centre (previously The Lockwood Centre for horses and donkeys, and originally the Lockwood Donkey Sanctuary) in Sandhills, was one of the oldest donkey sanctuaries in the UK, having been established by a Mr and Mrs Lockwood in the 1950s. On Mrs Lockwood’s death in 2005, the sanctuary was bequeathed to the RSPCA which until recently managed the centre. Sadly, with the advent of Covid-19 the RSPCA has had to cut its costs, and as a result it made the decision in June 2020 to close this centre. The last of the Lockwood resident horses, ponies and donkeys were rehomed on 30-09-20 to another of the charity's three remaining centres in the South of England. It is understood the RSPCA will now put the property and land up for sale.