Landscape character (assassination)

The Hogs Back forms important part of Guildford’s landscape heritage and the views from the top of the ridge are  fundamental to the character of Guildford

  • The site in question forms the views from the Hogs Back –  an important part of Guildford’s landscape heritage. This is recognised in Guildford’s Landscape Character Assessment (2007), which describes the Hogs Back as the “the iconic ‘spine’ to the borough and rural backdrop to Guildford”.

  • The Hogs Back is the road with the longest history in England – carrying tradesmen and pilgrims for centuries. It was used by worshippers travelling to Stonehenge; Phoenician, Greek and Gaul traders; Julius Caesar on his way to London; William the Conqueror on his way to Winchester; and thousands of pilgrims, including Henry II, who made their way along, and beside, the ridge towards Canterbury.

  • Writers such as Daniel Defoe and Jane Austen, among others, have marvelled at the beauty of the landscape that can be seen for miles in all directions from the Hogs Back.

  • The whole area is rich in history, Blackwell Farm was one of the very earliest model farms and Down Place is believed to have been landscaped by Capability Brown.

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