Lingfield is in the south of the District, near the county boundary with West Sussex and surrounded by open countryside. It is perhaps best known for its racecourse, Lingfield Park, which dates from the late 19th century and has a traditional turf course and an all-weather track.
Lingfield itself is an attractive village with a number of shops, pubs and restaurants. Prominent in the centre of Lingfield is The Cage and St Peter's Cross. The Cross, dating from 1473, originally marked the boundary between two manors. The Cage was added in 1773 and was used as a "lock-up" until as late as 1882. Towering over The Cage is a large hollow oak tree believed to be over 400 years old.
Much of the village centre is a Conservation Area and the area around the collegiate church of St Peter & St Paul has a number of particularly fine timber framed houses. A college was founded near the church in the early 15th century for the Carthusian Order. All that remains is an 18th century house, The College, thought to have been built with salvaged material from the original college and the Guest House (now the library) which probably housed college guests. Centenary Fields and Lingfield Wildlife Area, both accessible from Vicarage Road, have been designated local nature reserves.
The small village of Crowhurst lies about two miles north of Lingfield and has what is thought to be one of the oldest yew trees in the country. Estimated to be around 4,000 years old the yew in St George's Churchyard is more than twice the age of the church.
The church itself is of Norman origin and closely associated with the Gainsford family who lived in the nearby manor house Crowhurst Place between the 14th and 17th centuries.
Blindley Heath straddles the A22 about two miles west of Lingfield. The heath itself, just south of the village, is one of the last remaining examples of Weald Clay grassland in the District. It is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and local nature reserve.
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