Coldharbour is a unique hamlet in Surrey, which is situated 700 feet up in the Surrey Hills with broad sweeping views looking south over the Weald. It still retains a quiet village atmosphere and a timeless feel. There is a scatter of houses, a church and the Plough Inn, which since 1996 has also had its own brewery. The name 'Coldharbour' is common throughout much of England and it has been suggested that it simply means a 'cold dwelling-place or house'.
Coldharbour was originally part of the parish of Capel but Christ Church was built here in 1848 to designs by Benjamin Ferrey, a well-known Victorian architect. Ferrey was responsible for several other Surrey churches including Brockham and Esher.
Coldharbour is not an ancient name and the earliest reference to it is to be found on Ogilby's map of 1675, where it is recorded as 'Coldharbor-Hill'. However, there is plenty of evidence that man has been active in the area since prehistoric times and nearby is the extensive Iron Age hill-fort of Anstiebury, built around 200 B.C.