Leith Hill, Essex

Historical Description

Leith Hill, an eminence in Wootton parish, Surrey, 4 miles SW by S of Dorking, and 4 N of the boundary with Sussex. It has picturesque skirts, rises to an altitude of 993 feet above sea-level, commands a magnificent view as far as to Essex, Oxfordshire, and Hants, and is crowned by a tower which can be seen from the sea. The tower was built in 1766 as a prospect house by Mr Richard Hull, of Leith Hill Place, was used as Mr Hull's tomb at his death in 1772, but the entrance to it has long been walled up. Coins of Henry VIII., Edward VI., and Elizabeth were found in an earthem jar on the S side of the tower in 1837. Leith Hill Place stands at the S skirt of the hill.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5