Dunsfold (St. Mary)

DUNSFOLD (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Hambledon, First division of the hundred of Blackheath, W. division of Surrey, 6 miles (S. S. E.) from Godalming; containing 669 inhabitants. This parish, anciently Duncefold, is situated on the road through Guildford to London. A species of breccia is found in considerable quantities at some depth below the surface, analogous in its formation to Sussex marble, and abounding with the same fossils, blended with a minute species of bivalve supposed to belong to the genus lipris of Lamarck. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £12. 0. 7½., and in the patronage of the Chancellor; net income, £471. The church has portions in the decorated style: the east window is remarkably handsome, having been embellished at the expense of the Hon. John Evelyn Boscawen, prebendary of Canterbury; in the chancel is a tablet recording the death of the Rev. J. Richardson, at the advanced age of 94 years. It is said that Dr. Young composed his Night Thoughts in an embowered and retired walk in the gardens of the rectory-house.

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

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