Albury, Surrey

Historical Description

Albury, Aldbury, or Alderbury, a village and a parish in Surrey. The village stands on a tributary of the river Wey, under the North Downs, 1½ mile from Chilworth and Albury station on the S.E.R., and 5 ESE of Guildford, under which it has a post, money order, and telegraph office. Acreage, 4418; population of the civil parish, 1321; of the ecclesiastical, 1270. The parish church at it is an edifice of red brick, in the Norman style, after the model of a church at Caen. The author of "Proverbial Philosophy" resided at the village. The adjacent country abounds in charming walks and rides, and a spot called Newlands Corner commands a most extensive view. Albury estate belongs to the Duke of Northumberland. The grounds of its park possess interesting artificial features. The mansion was modernized from designs by Pugin. The old parish church, is Early Norman, with a tower, adjoins the mansion. The cathedral of the "Catholic Apostolic Church," a cruciform edifice in the Perpendicular style, built by Mr. Drummond at a cost of £10,000, stands in the park. The living of Albury is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; net value, £500. Patron, the Duke of Northumberland. Brook and Parley Heath are in this parish. Many Roman coins and antiquities have been found here.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Surrey
Ecclesiastical parish Albury St. Peter and St. Paul
Hundred Blackheath
Poor Law union Guildford

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1559., in association with Surrey History Centre, have images of the Parish Registers for Surrey online.


Church of England

SS. Peter and Paul (parish church)

The church of SS. Peter and Paul, erected in 1842, at the expense of the late Henry Drummond esq. M.P. of Albury Park, and restored and a chancel added by his son-in-law, the late Duke of Northumberland K.G. is of brick in the Romanesque style, and has a tower containing a clock and six bells: all the windows are filled with stained glass: and there are 350 sittings. The ruins of the ancient church, a good specimen of Norman work, stand in the park.

Roman Catholic

Catholic Apostolic Church

The Catholic Apostolic church is a cruciform building in the Decorated style, erected mainly at the expense of the late Henry Drummond esq, M.P. with a western tower and shallow transepts; the interior transepts are faced with open screen work: on the northside is a small octagonal chapter house.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Albury from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Surrey is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Parochial History

Under the provisions of the Divided Parishes Act, 1882, parts of Cranley, Shere and Wonersh were added to Albury, and a part of Albury transferred to Alfold.

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Surrey, 1662-1668 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionSouth East
Postal districtGU5
Post TownGuildford