Alfold, Surrey

Historical Description

Alfold, Aldfold, or Awfold, a parish in the counties of Surrey and Sussex, on the Wey and Arundel Canal, 4 miles from Baynards station on the L.B. & S.C.R., and 8 SSE of Godalming. It has a post and money order office under Horsham; telegraph office, Baynards railway station. Acreage, 3001; population, 558. Several French refugees from the massacre on St Bartholomew's Day settled here, and erected a glass manufactory. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; value, £243. The church is Norman. There is a Baptist chapel.

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 Alfold St. Nicholas
Hundred Blackheath
Poor Law union Hambledon

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


A cemetery of half an acre was formed in 1880, at a cost of £71; it is under the control of the Parish Council.

Church Records

The register of baptisms and burials dates from the year 1658, marriages from 1659., in association with Surrey History Centre, have images of the Parish Registers for Surrey online.


Church of England

St. Nicholas (parish church)

The church of St. Nicholas is an edifice of stone in the Early English style, and has a tower with spire, containing 3 bells: there is a monument to Francis Dorrington, dated 1693: an oak chest dated 1687, and a stained east window; the church affords 200 sittings.


Wesleyan Chapel

The Wesleyan (formerly Baptist) chapel here was erected in 1883, and has 270 sittings.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Alfold from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Alfold are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Surrey papers online:

Parochial History

By Local Government Board Order, 16,533, dated March 24, 1884, that part of the parish in Sussex was transferred to Wisborough Green, and by Order 10,920, dated December 2, 1880, a detached part of Albury was added to Alfold.

Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth East
Postal districtGU6
Post TownCranleigh