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Ockham, Surrey

Historical Description

Ockham, a village and a parish in Surrey. The parish is bounded on the N by the river Wey, 1 mile E of Ripley, with a station called Horsley for Ockham on the L. & S.W.R., 21 miles from London, and gives the title of Viscount to the Earl of Lovelace. It has a post and money order office under Woking; telegraph office, Ripley. Acreage, 2907; population of the civil parish, 600; of the ecclesiastical, 570. Ockham Park belonged to the Westons, was purchased from them in 1711 by Lord Chancellor King, belongs now to the Earl of Lovelace, has a mansion in the Italian style, and pleasant grounds and gardens. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester; net value, £420 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Lovelace. The church has a Saxon arch at the W end, remains of Norman and good specimens of the successive styles of Pointed architecture, an E window of seven lancets, divided by pilasters of Sussex marble, with sculptured capitals; comprises nave, N aisle, side chapel, and chancel, with W embattled tower, and contains four brasses of the 15th century, and in the side-chapel full-length statues of Lord King and his lady by Rysbrack. The church was restored and enlarged in 1875. Three distinguished Franciscans were natives of the parish and took name from it-Nicholas de Ockham, about 1320, a commentator on Peter Lombard; John de Ockham, about 1344; and William de Ockham, the founder of the Nominalists, and known as the Invincible Doctor.

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 parishOckham All Saints 
Poor Law unionGuildford 

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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 districtGU23
Post TownWoking