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Ockham (All Saints)

OCKHAM (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Guildford, Second division of the hundred of Wokeing, W. division of Surrey, 1 mile (E.) from Ripley; containing 640 inhabitants. The parish comprises 2340 acres, of which 431 are common or waste. The mansion of Ockham Park is a large irregular pile, situated in grounds of considerable extent and beauty: the interior is splendidly fitted up; the library consists of more than 10,000 volumes, and includes the books and papers bequeathed by the distinguished philosopher Locke, to his nephew, Lord Chancellor King. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £11. 2. 1., and in the gift of the Earl of Lovelace: the tithes have been commuted for £292, and the glebe comprises 139 acres. The church is beautifully situated in the park: it has portions in the decorated and later English styles, and contains several monuments to the ancestors of the Earl of Lovelace; the principal one is to the memory of Lord Chancellor King, and there is a bust of the late Lord King. The earl has erected numerous buildings in the Swiss style, at a great expense, for industrial and scholastic education: the establishment is supported by his lordship. The parish gives the title of Viscount to the Earl of Lovelace.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.