Breakfast, networking & history at Swallowhurst, Cranleigh

Breakfast, networking & history at Swallowhurst, CranleighCranleigh business owners were treated to a fantastic talk by local historian Michael Miller at the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce monthly networking meeting on Wednesday morning.

Breakfast was kindly provided by Linden Homes in the showhome at its flagship development, Swallowhurst, on Bookhurst Road, which was formerly home to the Swallow Tiles factory.

In those luxurious and spatial surroundings, 25 local business people had the opportunity to network before sitting down to hear from Michael Miller, chairman of the Cranleigh History Society.

The history of Swallow’s Tiles Company from 1860 till its 2008 closure was the subject of his presentation.

The audience learned that until the 1950’s the clay was dug by hand, that their handmade tiles took 13 weeks to dry before firing and that manufacturing and warehousing conditions remained almost exactly as 100 years earlier right up until closure when it was still in the ownership of the Swallow family.

There were also many pictures of former employees who had worked there all their lives through a 1970’s strike, both in freezing and then overheated conditions. It was a tough working life for them.

Following a question and answer session, the assembled guests toured the five double bedroom show home.

The next breakfast networking event takes place on Wednesday 14th October at 7.30am, at the Hurtwood Polo Park where the speaker will be Hannah Staunton from Gatwick Airport.

This is a joint event with Surrey Chambers of Commerce and tickets are available via their website at

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