Leith Hill Tower
The highest point on the Surrey Hills
The view from Leith Hill Tower is wonderful; on a clear day you can look north and, through the free telescope, see the clock face of Big Ben in Westminster. To the south, through Shoreham Gap, is the glimmer of the sun on the English Channel. Admission to the tower is free to National Trust members.
Who built the tower?
The tower ‘Prospect House’ was built in 1765 by Richard Hull, who lived at Leith Hill Place. The eccentric Georgian built the folly, based on a typical 1300 Wealden Tower, to increase the height of Leith Hill to over 1000ft above sea level.
You can see many hollows on the nearby slopes and it's thought that the materials needed to build the tower were quarried on site.
- 1765 - built by Richard Hull
- 1796 - Mr William Perrin (owner of Leith Hill Place) carried out extensive repairs and increased the height of the building
- 1864 - Mr W Evelyn built the upper room and added a battlement
- 1923 - given to us by Mr W J MacAndrew
- 1966 - listed by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building