More recently the author of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe, attended the Reverend James Fisher's boarding school in Pixham Lane. The early 19th Century saw the construction of two watermills - Pixham Mill on the Pippbrook built in 1837 on the site of an earlier mill - and Castle Mill on the River Mole. Both mills and the adjoining houses are grade 2 listed.
A well-known Pixham resident and benefactor, Miss Mary Mayo, enriched the community by providing land for an infant's school (which became St Martin's Annexe and is now our Community Centre), which was built in 1880, and a church. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1903, the grade 2 listed St Mary's Church, and the traditionally styled primary school are both located on Pixham Lane. As well as these historical attractions, Pixham boasts a large sportsground in a beautiful rural setting.
In 1928 Pixham was absorbed by the Urban District Council into Dorking, but has retained its character.
We formed the Resident's Association in 2009 to enhance our local environment and to build on our existing community. As well as putting on successful social events, such as the Pixham Fun Day, we have initiated a number of community projects, with others in the pipeline.
20's Plenty Campaign changes gear
Our efforts to make Pixham Lane a safer and more pleasant thoroughfare have moved up a gear with the introduction of a petition to Surrey CC to impose a 20mph limit on at least part of the Lane.
Many drivers don't seem to be aware of the hazardous nature of many sections, for example: the lack of pavement on the narrow south-east side of the Lane and various blind exits from side roads. Even at 30mph these sections pose a danger. We believe that a 20mph speed limit will reduce danger to pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.
We already have a good number of signatures on our paper forms, but more would be welcome. Additionally we have an online petition at the Surrey CC website: http://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/Pixham20/
Please use one of these options to support us.
Coffee mornings at Old Pixham School
Coffee mornings on the first Wednesday of the month have proved a popular venue for locals to chat and enjoy the coffee and cakes.
As always, offers of help will be gratefully received.
Thanks are due to the School management for making this possible.
Our community centre is now open for business. We have one large room and a smaller one, both with kitchen facilities. See http://www.oldpixhamschool.co.uk/index.html for details. Enquiries and bookings to:
Richard Cattell 01306 879822
Stick to 20
The Speedwatch group has been monitoring vehicle speed in Pixham Lane for over a year now. With traffic flows of 200-600 vehicles/hour, and over 5% off these significantly exceeding the 30mph limit (max. recorded so far was 62mph), we need to maintain our activity.
Seven more residents are undergoing training.
Next events:Coffee morning: Wednesday June 5th Old Pixham School 10-12 All welcome. Donations to school maintenance. Produce from the Pixham Potager will be for sale
Pixham Fun Day: Saturday 29th June - Old Pixham School and Sports Field
Tel: 07711 495954
Tel: 07711 495954