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Haslemere, Surrey

Historical Description

Haslemere, a small market-town and a parish in Surrey. The town stands amid pleasant environs of hill and vale, 9 miles SSW of Godalming, and has a station on the L. & S.W. R., 43 miles from London, and a post, money order, and telegraph office. It is said to have succeeded an older and larger town, situated on the side of an adjacent hill, and destroyed by the Danes; was a borough by prescription, and chartered by Queen Elizabeth; sent two members to Parliament till disfranchised by the Act of 1832; and was the scene of many expensive and violent election contests till its interests became united in the Earl of Lons-dale. It has now a handsome church, Congregational and Baptist chapels, a literary and scientific institution, assembly room, and workmen's club, and is a good centre for tourists to explore the romantic region in the triangle between it, Mid-hnrst, and Petersfield. The remarkable depression in th— sand, called the Devil's Punchbowl, and emitting an affluent of the Wey, is 2½ miles to the NNW. Acreage of the civil parish, 1899; population, 1274; of the ecclesiastical, 1261. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; value, £240 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. Aid-worth, the residence of the late Lord Tennyson, and where he died, is in the parish of Lurgashall, Sussex, 2½ miles from Haslemere. Professor Tyndal died at Shottermill (adjoining Haslemere) in 1893, and is buried in Haslemere churchyard.

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 parishHaslemere St. Bartholomew 
Poor Law unionHambledon 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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RegionSouth East
Postal districtGU27
Post TownHaslemere