The village is very old and is mentioned in The Doomsday Survey. The name originally meant a clearing in the heather. This refers to the acid soil conditions of Headley Heath which encourages the growth of Heather.
There has been little development in the village recently as it is part of the London Green Belt and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village succeeds in maintaining some of its old character. The land in the village is no longer farmed as it used to be, but is used for grazing for the many riding establishments in the area, and a large section is under the control of The National Trust, Surrey Wildlife Trust and private nature reserves.
Most of the population work outside the village, as there are few opportunities for employment left in the village. The village still has an active Church, Shop, Village Hall and Pub. Buses run to Leatherhead, Dorking and Box Hill with a connection available to Epsom,(A timetable link is available on the Home Page) State schools are in Leatherhead, Mickleham and Dorking but many children attend private schools.
There are still many activities run by the Church, Village Hall Committee, WI etc. which use the newly refurbished Village Hall.
The Cock, Church Lane, Headley.
The Caravan, Headley Heath Main Car Park.
© Peter Denyer, Headley Village Website 2006