Chilworth shown within Surrey
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Chilworth is a village in Surrey, England, 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast of Guildford. Chilworth has about 2000 residents, several churches including (St Thomas and St. Augustine's Benedictine Abbey), two schools (Chilworth Infant School and Tillingbourne Junior School), a gastro-pub (The Percy Arms) and a railway station. The village nestles below the North Downs, overlooked by St Martha's Hill and St. Martha's Church. It is split between two civil parishes, Shalford CP to the west and St Martha's CP to the east, and is wholly within Guildford borough. It also has a recreation ground with a park and pavilion.
The settlement has an interesting industrial past. At various times in history it has been the location of a wire mill, paper mill and gunpowder factory. The wireworks was built in 1603  by Thomas Steere and others, who seduced workmen from the Tintern wireworks of the Company of Mineral and Battery Works. This infringed the company's patent and enabled it to have the wireworks suppressed in 1606. The gunpowder works are listed by English Heritage as a scheduled monument 
Chilworth Gunpowder works was established in 1625 by the East India Company and finally closed in 1920. It was worked by a number of private companies and became an important supplier of gunpowder to the Government. A significant number of buildings from the gunpowder factory can still be found. The buildings and area are now looked after by Guildford Borough Council and English Heritage.
Chilworth Manor is located midway between the village and St Martha's Hill to the North. Its history goes back to a record in the Domesday Book as a monastery. The monastery was destroyed by Henry VIII and by 1580 was owned by William Morgan. William's son, John was knighted at Cadiz in 1596. In 1725 Sarah, the widow of the Duke of Marlborough became owner. She added the Marlborough Wing, developed a tiered garden excavated in the sloping hillside and still known as the "Duchess's Garden".
Chilworth Manor is grade II listed by English Heritage and has recently been extensively restored and refurbished by new owners, following the death of its previous occupant, Lady Heald
Chilworth is covered by ADSL and Mobile Broadband based High Speed Internet services. A Vodafone phone mast sits near the center of the village, at the playing fields, just to the south of one of the Railway Crossings. Other mobile services in the village are patchy, there also being a Vodaphone mast in nearby Shalford, but no other signal not of land shadow.
ADSL based services only offer a maximum of ~4Mbit/s to the village.
BT have extended their Fibre to the Cabinet expansion plans to cover Guildford. Chilworth now benefits from these improvements and extensive BT work took place in April and May 2011 resulting in installation of new FTTC cabinets in at least 3 locations in the village. These works, now complete, allow for 12Mbit/s+ services and service to those at the Eastern end of the village and up to 70Mbit/s to those towards the West end of Dorking Road and New Road.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Chilworth, Surrey.|
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- Ordnance Survey Explorer map 145 edition B1 revised 2004.
- English heritage review of diocesan churches
- Surrey Domesday Book
- Chilworth Gunpowder Mills - A short history
- K R Fairclough and Glenys Crocker - Chilworth gunpowder mills in the period of the Dutch Wars
- M. B. Donald, Elizabethan Monopolies: the history of the Company of Mineral and Battery Works from 1565 to 1604 (Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh 1961), 136-7.
- National Heritage list entry for Chilworth gunpowder works (downloaded September 2012)
- National Heritage list entry for Chilworth Manor (downloaded September 2012)