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East Horsley, Surrey

Historical Description

Horsley, East, a village and a parish in Surrey. The village stands 5½ miles SW of Leatherhead, and has a station on the L. & S.W.B. called Horsley and Ockham, 23 miles from London. It is a pleasant and picturesque little village,. and has a good inn, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Leatherhead. Acreage, 1832; population, 375. Towers, the Earl of Lovelaces' seat, includes an ancient tower; has been extended by the addition of two stately towers, and of a hall 56 feet long, with open timbered roof of original construction; contains the books and manuscripts bequeathed by John Locke to Lord Chancellor King; contains also many valuable pictures and marbles, and stands in a finely undulating and well-wooded park. A manor here was given in 1036 by the Danish jarl Thored to Christ's Church, Canterbury, and continued with it till the dissolution. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; gross value, £220-with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury. The church is partly Early English, partly Perpendicular; consists of nave, N aisle, and chancel, with low embattled tower; has been entirely remodelled, and contains a brass of Bishop Booth of Exeter.

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 CountySurrey 
Ecclesiastical parishEast Horsley St. Martin 
Poor Law unionGuildford 

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

Church Records, in association with Surrey History Centre, have images of the Parish Registers for Surrey online.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for East Horsley from the following:

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 districtKT24
Post TownLeatherhead