Chobham, Surrey

Historical Description

Chobham, a village and a parish in Surrey. The village stands on Bourn Brook, near Bagshot Heath and the Basing-stoke Canal, 3½ miles WNW of Woking station on the L. & S.W.R., and 5½ SW of Chertsey. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Woking. Acreage of the civil parish, 9579; population, 3009; of the ecclesiastical, 2612. Chobham Place is the seat of the Le Marchant family. Chobham Park belonged to Chertsey Abbey, and was the deathplace of Archbishop Heath. The Chobham ridges were the site of a great military encampment from April to August, 1853, percurrent to the more permanent encampment of Aldershot. Field works and redoubts, formed at the time of this encampment, may look not long hence to be ancient works, the more so that some real antiquities of the class of Roman camps and roads are in the vicinity. The surface generally has a black appearance, and belongs to the Bagshot sand formation. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester; value, £294. The church contains some Norman features, and was restored in 1866; a new organ was erected in 1890. A chapelry at Valley-end was formed in 1867. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels.

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 Chobham St. Lawrence
Hundred Godley
Poor Law union Chertsey

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Visitations Heraldic

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DistrictSurrey Heath
RegionSouth East
Postal districtGU24
Post TownWoking