Shere, Surrey

Historical Description

Shere (often misspelt Shiere), a village and a parish in Surrey. The village stands on the river Tillingbourne, at the foot of a range of chalk hills, three-quarters of a mile NW of Gomshall and Shere station on the S.E.R., 34 miles from London, and 5½ ESE of Guildford. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Guildford. The parish contains also the villages of Gomshall and Pislake, and comprises 6413 acres; population of the civil parish, 2090; of the ecclesiastical, 1681. The manor belonged to the house of York, was held by the Butlers and the Touchets, was given by Henry VII. to Sir E. Bray, and belongs still to the Bray family. The Manor House, Netley Park, Burrows Lea, and the Ridgeway are the chief residences. An ancient camp of 8 acres is at Holmbury. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; gross value, £940 with residence. The parish church, consecrated in 1150, is chiefly Decorated English, and has a S Norman door and a central tower and spire. A church was erected in 1889 at Pislake. There is a Congregational chapel at Gomshall, erected early in the 19th century.

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 Shere St. James
Hundred Blackheath
Poor Law union Guildford

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Visitations Heraldic

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RegionSouth East
Postal districtGU5
Post TownGuildford