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Pyrford or Pirford, Surrey

Historical Description

Pyrford or Pirford, a parish in Surrey, on the river Wey, 2½ miles E by S of Woking station on the L. & S.W.R., and 6¼ NNE of Guildford. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Woking. Acreage, 1881; population, 431. There is a parish council consisting of five members. The manor was given by William the Conqueror to the church of Westminster, went at the Reformation to the Crown, was given by Elizabeth to Sir John Wolley, and belongs now to Earl Onslow. A mansion was built here by Sir John Wolley, was long the residence of Dr Donne, and has been taken down. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the rectory of Wisley, in the diocese of Winchester; gross value, £270 with residence. The church includes some Norman and Decorated portions, and has a low wooden spire.

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 parishPyrford St. Nicholas 
Poor Law unionChertsey 

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