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Maybury, Surrey

Historical Description

Maybury, a place near Woking in Surrey. A retreat for certain old and pensioned-off actors was erected here in 1862, with the support of the late Prince Consort and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, bearing the name of the Royal Dramatic College. It comprised, as originally erected, twenty sets of residences, included a central hall built in 1866, and was designed to be enlarged by the addition of wings. It was purchased in 1884 by Dr Leitnerwith the view of its becoming a centre of Oriental learning and literature in England. He has largely added to the main building, and has also erected a model Oriental house in the charming grounds of the institute. It possesses a museum of Oriental archaeology, a mosque for Mohammedans, and free residences for certain Oriental nominees of good family or high caste. The institute publishes a journal in Sanscrit, as also numerous Oriental works, and The Imperial and Asiatic Quarterly Review. The great International Oriental Congress of 1891 was held under its auspices.

A church, dedicated to St Paul, was built at Maybury in 1895. It is of 13th century style, of red brick with grey stone pillars. The Shahjehan Mosque is very beautiful, being richly decorated with carving and mosaic.

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

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

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 districtGU22
Post TownWoking