Frensham, a village and a parish in Surrey. The village lies on an affluent of the river Wey, 4 miles from Farnham station on the L. & S.W.R., and contiguous to the boundary with Hants. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Famham. Acreage of the civil parish, 8665 of land and 142 of water; population, 2697; of the ecclesiastical, 893. The parish contains also the tithing of Docken-field with a population of 259, Much of the surface is heathy and wild. A lake, called Frensham Great Pond, measures about 3 miles in circuit, and is a resort of large numbers of wild fowl. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Winchester; value, £340. Patron, the Archdeacon of Surrey. The church is partly Early English, has a square tower, and contains in its belfry an ancient copper cauldron, 2 feet in diameter, on a rude iron trivet, probably of similar character to public utensils which anciently existed in many parishes, but about which many legendary tales are told. The font is early 13th century. Pierrepont and Frensham Place are chief residences. The perpetual curacies of Shottermill and Churt are separate benefices..
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Frensham St. Mary|
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Frensham from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Frensham (St. Mary))
Land and Property
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