Step back in time - working the common
Stone was quarried here as far back as Domesday times. You can still come across some of the shallow stone pits while walking on the common.
During the medieval years coarse domestic pots were made in the pottery kilns at Scearn Bank, near Limpsfield Chart. This pottery was called Limpsfield Ware, and pot shards can be found in the area today.
From around the 14th century Limpsfield Common was used by commoners for grazing animals and collecting stone and firewood. These activities shaped the landscape into a rolling, open heathland. However, since the decline of commoning the woodland has encroached, leaving just a few patches of heath.
Brick-Kiln Lane is named after a brick works producing here from the 1800s to the early 1900s.
During the Battle of Britain many dog-fights occurred in the skies above East Surrey and Kent. German bombers were also frequently seen above Limpsfield Common, heading for London. Sometimes the bombers even shed their bombs over the common as they fled the country, pursued by British fighters.
The children of Limpsfield School were protected by six air raid shelters on the common...
In 1942 the Home Guard units were equipped with anti-tank weapons called Spigot Mortars (named after the steel pin or ‘spigot’ on which they were mounted). You can see one of these pins near our air raid shelters.