Bridleway on Fetcham Downs
20th-century houses in Fetcham
Fetcham shown within Surrey
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Indeed, there is evidence that there were even earlier settlements, with the discovery of Stone and Bronze Age tools and Roman artefacts, as well as three ancient burial grounds.
Fetcham appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Feceham. It was held partly by William the Conqueror; partly by Richard from the Bishop of Bayeux partly by Oswald the Thegn. Its Domesday assets were: 7 hides; 5½ mills worth 17s; 10½ ploughs; 2 oxen; 30 acres (120,000 m2) of meadow; woodland, herbage and pannage worth 23 hogs. It rendered £10 10s 0d. Fetcham, therefore, was referenced in the Domesday survey as three manors; one known as King's Manor was probably Fetcham Park; another was given to Odo, Bishop of Bayeux after the Norman conquest. The third was an Augustinian foundation from Merton Priory, at Cannon Court, which Henry VIII dissolved in 1538.
Its small manorial farming community numbered 176 in the survey, but halved as a result of the Black Death in 1349. In the first half of the nineteenth century the population was still only around 370  . In the 1931 census it had reached 1,318 and by 1972 was 7,331.
St Mary's Church has been a place of Christian worship for over 1000 years. Built during Anglo-Saxon and early Norman periods, it is probably on the site of an even earlier timber church. There are many hints of its past in its structure. These include the south-west quoin of the nave, and a single splay window high on the south wall with traces of Roman brick as well as arches that are presumed to pre-date 1066.
Although at the eastern extreme, the historic B2122 Guildford Road/Waterlow Road has mixed use splits north and east with two bridges to Leatherhead, Fetcham is centred around its own road The Street, with good local shops, community halls, public houses as well as nearby churches.
The Fetcham Conservation Area includes the impressive 18th-century mansion of Fetcham Park House. The Well House, The Dower House and Ballands Hall are three of a cluster of old buildings in that area. Others are sparingly strewn throughout Fetcham including at Grade II*: Le Pelerin  and Thorncroft Manor.
The Mill Pond springs are a large number of chalk springs, still used to supply potable tap water . These springs even continued to supply water during the droughts of 1976 and 2006.
The centre of the village has a number of shops, various in nature, with roadside free car parking. These are sufficient for the day-to-day demands of the local population. Food and drink is catered for by restaurants and food outlets supplying Indian, Chinese, and Italian cuisine, as well as a friendly fish and chips shop.
There are four Christian congregations in the village:
- Cannon Court Evangelical Church, in Cannonside
- Church of the Holy Spirit (RC), in Bell Lane
- Christ Church Fetcham, which meets in Oakfield Junior School
- St Mary's Church Grade II* listed medieval, off The Ridgeway
To its south are the Fetcham and Leatherhead Downs, which are a part of the North Downs.
There are two village schools:
- Fetcham Infants School for ages 4–7 with an attached pre-school for ages 2–4
- Oakfield Junior School for ages 7–11
Fetcham has the pub The Bell. It had a major refit in late 2004 and again in late 2007 by its new owner the Youngs brewery chain. The Bell is mentioned in The Good Food Guide.
The large Village Hall in The Street is home to several organisations, including Fetcham Village Women's Institute. It was also the venue for several early performances by the influential band John's Children, which included sometime frontman Marc Bolan.
There is also a small reading room that can be hired for private functions, on Cobham Road by the railway, after Cobham Road and The Street combine in the north.
There was a social club, called the Fetcham Sports and Social Club, but this closed in 2001 after the membership dwindled. The building is now used as offices.
All parts of the large village are within 2 miles (3.2 km) of a railway station giving easy access to London. The M25 motorway's nearest access is J9, just after the one-way square in Leatherhead town centre (enclosing public gardens) or from the south of the village via the Leatherhead bypass and A246. Guildford, Cobham, Epsom Leatherhead can be reached by the A-road network that has a choice of routes through and around the village.
The main village thoroughfare is the A245 Cobham Road and is partly bounded by and contains partly in the soutb the east-west, part-dualled A246.
Fetcham is served by the following emergency services:
- Surrey Police
- South East Coast Ambulance Service as of 1 July 2006. The Surrey, Sussex, and Kent Ambulance services have merged, and no longer exist separately.
- Surrey Fire & Rescue Service, Leatherhead Fire Station is in Fetcham, off Guildford Road, close to the River Mole boundary with Leatherhead.
- Fetcham (Leatherhead) fire station has 28 personnel and one fire engine (water tender ladder). It also has special vehicles, one that is capable of transporting a large quantity of water or foam to an incident (water carrier), and a fire victim support vehicle crewed by the Red Cross.
- 1 x water tender ladder
- 1 x water carrier
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- Surrey Domesday Book
- British History - A History of Parliament Trust/University of Portsmouth project
- English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1188828)". National Heritage List for England. Ballands Hall
- English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1028662)". National Heritage List for England. Le Pelerin
- English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1389370)". National Heritage List for England. Thorncroft Manor
- English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1378187)". National Heritage List for England. St Mary's Church
- John's Children official site
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- Brief history
- Fetcham Community Information
- Fetcham history (British History Online) (5,500ww)
- 'Fetcham - Fincham', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 232-35
- Vicar of St Mary’s church in Fetcham between 1836 - 1839