Coordinates: 51°09′24″N 0°13′34″W / 51.156571°N 0.226146°W / 51.156571; -0.226146

Charlwood village sign on 'The Rec' with The Rising Sun pub in the background
Charlwood is located in Surrey

 Charlwood shown within Surrey
Population 2,027 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference TQ241411
    - London  28 mi (45 km) N 
District Mole Valley
Shire county Surrey
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Horley
Postcode district RH6
Dialling code 01293
Police Surrey
Fire Surrey
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Mole Valley
List of places: UK • England • Surrey

Charlwood is a village and civil parish in the Mole Valley district of Surrey, England. It is immediately northwest of London Gatwick Airport in West Sussex, close west of Horley and north of Crawley. The historic county boundary between Surrey and Sussex ran to the south of Gatwick Airport. Boundaries were reformed in 1974 so that the county boundary between Surrey and West Sussex, delineated by the Sussex Border Path, now runs along the northern perimeter of the airport, and the southern extent of Charlwood. The village has more crown post timber framed houses than any other village in Britain

The village anciently lay within the Reigate hundred. In 2001, Charlwood had a population of 2,027.[1]



Charlwood is located in Mole Valley and together with Hookwood, it has its own parish council.[2] It was moved from Surrey to West Sussex in a local government reorganisation and is notable for having an eponymous act of parliament - the Charlwood and Horley Act 1974[3] - to move it back into Surrey.


Charlwood is the home of the Lowfield Heath Windmill which was moved from the village of Lowfield Heath when it was threatened with demolition in the 1970s to make room for the expansion of Gatwick Airport.[4]

The village is centred around the "rec" which now contains an excellent redeveloped children's playground. The rec is the home of Charlwood F.C., Charlwood Village F.C. and Ifield Cricket Club.

The village used to have its own cricket club (Charlwood C.C.) which for many years was seen playing on both Saturdays and Sundays on the green. In latter years the club only put out one side, on a Sunday but managed to achieve the distinction of not losing a single game for over 3 seasons (between 1989 and 1991) - this record still stands. The cricket ground became known as "The Field of Dreams" in the media after the famous film.[citation needed] The club closed in 2002.

The village has its own infant school, a small number of shops and three pubs - The Greyhound, The Rising Sun and The Half Moon - and a restaurant, Limes Bistro, as well as two hotels and numerous Bed and Breakfasts on its outskirts. It has a sister village in Hookwood, at the southern tip of the A217, between Charlwood and Horley.


Glover's Wood, a Site of Special Scientific Interest is located close west of Charlwood, and is noted for its bluebell displays in springtime.

Record-breaking temperature

On 19 July 2006, it was believed that Charlwood had recorded the highest UK July temperature of 36.3°C (97. 3°F); however, it was later confirmed that Wisley had beaten it with 36.5 °C (98 °F).[5]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ Census data
  2. ^ Charlwood Parish Council
  3. ^ "The Charlwood and Horley Act 1974". OPSI. 8th February 1974. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  4. ^ "Lowfield Heath Windmill, Rectory Lane, Charlwood, Mole Valley, Surrey". English Heritage. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  5. ^ BBC News article about the record breaking weather
  6. ^ Surrey online downloaded 4/11/07

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