Chiddingfold (St. Mary)

CHIDDINGFOLD (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Hambledon, Second division of the hundred of Godalming, W. division of Surrey, 6 miles (S.) from Godalming; containing 1135 inhabitants. It is situated on the road from Godalming to Chichester, and comprises about 5766 acres. A market was formerly held on Tuesday, and an annual fair on the eve, feast, and morrow of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, under a charter granted by Edward I. in 1300; but both have long been in disuse. Here, also, according to Aubrey, were eleven glass-houses in the time of Elizabeth. The living is a rectory, with the living of Haslemere annexed, valued in the king's books at £26. 4. 7., and in the patronage of the Bishop of Winchester: the tithes of Chiddingfold have been commuted for £630, and there is a glebe of 13½ acres. The church is in the early English style, with some later additions.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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