Fields near Abinger Hammer
Abinger in the heart of the wooded downland of Surrey consists of the separated hamlets of Abinger Hammer, Sutton Abinger and Abinger Common, of which the original village of Abinger is now known as Abinger Common. The civil parish of Abinger includes these and part of Holmbury St Mary, most of which is attached to the neighbouring Shere parish. Abinger lies along and above the Tilling Bourne, which flows below the scarp of the North Downs forming a valley between the main range of hills to the north and the downs which rise up to Leith Hill to the south.
Abinger appears in the Domesday Book as Abinceborne. It was held by William de Braiose. Its Domesday Assets were 4 hides. 1 church, 1 mill worth 6s, 7 ploughs, 3 acres (12,000 m2) of meadow, woodland worth 40 hogs. It rendered (in total): £7.
The famous inn, The Abinger Hatch, is found along Abinger Lane in Abinger Common.
Sutton Abinger (TQ105459) lies to the east of Abinger Hammer and up a small brook, along the Horsham Road. The local pub is The Volunteer.
Abinger Common (TQ115459) is the original village and on many maps it is named simply "Abinger". It lies in the hills and woods above the Tilling Bourne at the eastern end of the parish, at the meeting of Abinger Lane, Sutton Lane and Hollow Lane in the hills. The parish church, St James, is found in Abinger Common.
The hamlet is built around St James's and the Abinger Hatch, the famous local inn. Higher up the lane is another part of the hamlet, at the common itself.
A little lane runs up into the woods from Abinger to the delightful woodland hamlet of Friday Street.