Famous people connected to Hindhead Commons

Sir Robert Hunter, one of the founders of the National Trust

Sir Robert Hunter (1844 - 1913) was co-founder of the National Trust and helped the Trust buy The Devils Punch Bowl. He lived in Haslemere, near Hindhead over 100 years ago.

Sir Robert Hunter

He loved the commons and hills of Surrey and shortly after forming the Trust in 1895, he organised a public subscription to purchase much of Hindhead Commons, one of the Trust's earliest acquisitions.
Sir Robert's far-sightedness has meant that over a century later we can all enjoy Hindhead Commons today.

Writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and playwright, George Bernard Shaw

Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes detective books, lived at Undershaw in Hindhead from 1897 to 1907. Sir Arthur frequently walked on the Commons and he, together with Sir Robert Hunter and others, was on the first Hindhead Commons committee.
George Bernard Shaw, also lived in Hindhead at Blen Cathra, now the site of St Edmund's School.

Scientist, John Tyndall

Tyndall (1820-1893) lived and died in Hindhead village at a house now known as Tyndalls, named after him. He's most famous for his work on the discovery of the greenhouse effect.