What is the
The Cranky Road Area lies to the east of Guildford.
It is bounded by Cross Lanes in the West, Epsom Road in the South, Boxgrove Road in the East and the "New Railway Line 1885" in the North. It was originally part of Stoke next Guildford. In 1892 William Hillier, 4th Earl of Onslow, returned from New Zealand and
farms (Watford and Pit Farm) from Cross Lanes in the west and Epsom Road in the south. The area began to take shape with Cranky Road extending
Hillier Roads being added to join Cranky Road to Epsom Road.
The 1873 Ordnance Survey slows only London Road, Epsom
Road, Cross Lanes and Boxgrove Road. By the 1896 Survey
Cranky and Pit Farm Road, originally called Pitt Paris Road, had
Prior to the coming of the railway (the Guildford to London via
with some extraction of chalk from pits including Pit Farm and one in Meads
the boundary between Christchurch and Holy Trinity Wards. It is one of Guildford's oldest historical landmarks referred to in 1205 when King John sold the Manor of Stoke next Guildford to the Bishop of London.
being held at Warren Farm Part of Cross Lanes has survived as a "Green Lane",
Road, crossing Epsom Road, and finishing at Warren Road, a total of 600m
Maori Road - how come?
Maori Road was the next to be developed.
It was named to
celebrate the Earl of Onslow's Maori connections.
He was Gov- ernor of New Zealand from 1889 to 1892 during which time a vol- canic eruption destroyed the Maori village of Te Wairva. The Earl of Onslow purchased the Meeting House, one of the few buildings to survive, which was shipped home and rebuilt in Clandon Park.
The Victorian Villas were all individual in design but shared many common architectural features. They were substantial three storey buildings set in large gardens and screened by shrubs and large trees. The built form tapers from the ground to the roof with the third floor built into the roof space. The walls are predominately of local orange brick, made more interesting by the use of brick patterns, brick banding, timber frames, tile cladding and stucco. Many of the villas have extravagant design features such as turrets and stained glass and ornate porches such as the one illustrated here. The first part of Cranley Road and Maori Road were lined with trees to create a
A recent view of Cranky Road