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Cranleigh, Surrey

Historical Description

Cranley or Cranleigh, a village and a parish in Surrey. The village has a station on the L.B. & S.C.R., 49 miles from London. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Guildford, and gives the title of Viscount to Earl Onslow. Acreage of parish, 7758; population, 2055. Vacherie, now demolished hut still traceable, was the grange of the Brays of Shore, afterwards occupied by Day, the author of " Sandford and Merton." The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; net value, £652 with residence. The church is a well-restored ancient edifice, with tracery and fine stained windows. A county school or college, with chapel, in the Pointed collegiate style, was erected in 1865-69 at a cost of £30,000. Thomas de Granley, Archbishop of Dublin, was a native. There are Baptist and Congregational chapels, and a village hospital. The " Lady Peek Institute," erected in 1885 to the memory of Lady Peek by her husband, consists of a coffee tavern, recreation room, and library. Knowie is a chief residence.

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

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Civil Registration

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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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Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth East
Postal districtGU6
Post TownCranleigh