History

Pill box view looking out over farmland © Rob Hewer

Pill box view looking out over farmland

Days long ago

Denbies Hillside is named after John Denby, a 17th-century local farmer.

Farming is still carried out in the area today.

Throughout the years

  • Home Guard in the Pill Box at Denbies © Rob Hewer

    Marks of the military

    The North Downs formed part of London’s outer defences during the Second World War. Many robust Pill Boxes were built on the high ridge of the Downs to slow a possible advancing German army.

    Join us on one of our re-enactment days – see our events page. The Canadian army also used the hillside for training and tank traps were dug into the hillside. 

  • Belted Galloway cattle quietly grazing, Denbies Hillside, Surrey © Rob Hewer

    The Hillside today

    We have owned Denbies Hillside since 1963. We manage the land to maintain the extensive network of access routes, open views and wonderful scenery.

    The chalk grassland requires constant maintenance by clearing invasive thorn scrub and grazing cattle to maintain the herb-rich grassland and wildlife habitat.

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