Church built in the Middle Ages, churchyard and adjoining house
Hambledon Heath or Hurst, Hambledon
Hambledon shown within Surrey
|Area||11.11 km2 (4.29 sq mi)|
|Population||805 (Civil Parish)|
|– density||72 /km2 (190 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||South West Surrey|
Hambledon is a rural scattered village in the Waverley borough of Surrey, south of Guildford. It is dominated by a buffer zone of fields and woodland, mostly south of the Greensand Ridge escarpment between Witley and Chiddingfold, having no dual carriageways or railways, however it is bordered to the west by the Portsmouth Direct Line and some of its small population are London commuters or retirees. Its main amenities are a church and village pub.
History and description
Hambledon appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Hameledune held overall by Rannulf from Edward de Sarisber (Salisbury). Its domesday assets were: 3 hides of land; 7 ploughlands, 1 mill worth 2s 6d, 3 acres (0.012 km2) of meadow, woodland worth 30 hogs. It rendered £5 per year to its feudal overlords.
There is said to be buried treasure at Tolt Hill, near Hambledon, but no one has searched for it because it belongs to the Devil.
The parish church is Hambledon Church. Its traditional dedication is to St Peter. Built on top of a hill on Church Lane, its churchyard contains two gigantic yew trees – one with a 30-foot (9.1 m) circumference and hollow, with space for four people inside. The trees outdate the present church by many centuries. Each Sunday there are two services the earlier with a traditional theme and the later being contemporary. Today’s building was constructed in the 19th century, although it does contain traces of its 14th century predecessor. Hambledon Church now forms a joint benefice with Busbridge Church.
- St Dominic's School
St Dominic's School is atop Mount Oliviet, a hill.
- Oakhurst Cottage
- Merry Harriers
The pub is the Merry Harriers and has a campsite.
Hambledon workhouse established under the Poor Laws was used by King Edward's School, Witley in nearby Wormley from 1940 to 1949 while the school buildings were taken over by the Royal Navy. A short distance up the hill, close to the A283 Petworth Road, is the building. It was managed by the Hambledon Poor Law Union, formed in 1836. An infirmary block and a mortuary were built to the north of the site in the 1870s, and these buildings later became Hambledon Hospital, which closed in 1948.
The buildings were used by Surrey County Council as an old peoples home until the early 1970s.
The buildings were then used by the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences until the 1990s when the site was acquired by property developers Berkeley Homes and redeveloped for residential use. Its workhouse survives converted into apartments.
The village is 7.5 miles (12.1 km) SSW of the county town of Surrey, Guildford, and 3.3 miles (5.3 km) south of Godalming, which is the administrative centre of the borough of Waverley. In the centre of the civil parish are the greatest number of buildings, mostly linear. Hambledon is centred on a high watershed between the English Channel and North Sea. Two watercourses ultimately drain the village, neither in the parish, the River Wey and the River Arun, the former having a small stream, the West Brook of Godalming that rises here.
Demography and housing
|Output area||Detached||Semi-detached||Terraced||Flats and apartments||Caravans/temporary/mobile homes||shared between households|
The average level of accommodation in the region composed of detached houses was 28%, the average that was apartments was 22.6%.
|Output area||Population||Households||% Owned outright||% Owned with a loan||hectares|
The proportion of households in the civil parish who owned their home outright compares to the regional average of 35.1%. The proportion who owned their home with a loan compares to the regional average of 32.5%. The remaining % is made up of rented dwellings (plus a negligible % of households living rent-free).
- Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 21 November 2013
- Surrey Domesday Book
- H.E. Malden (editor) (1911). "Parishes: Hambledon". A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
- Ash, Russell (1973). Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain. Reader's Digest Association Limited. p. 202. ISBN 9780340165973.
- Busbridge and Hambledon Church service times, Busbridge and Hambledon Church website.
- King George V Hospital
- Grid Reference Finder distance tools
- Ordnance Survey map, courtesy of English Heritage
- Surrey County Council — The Greensand Way
- Kent County Council — The Greensand Way
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hambledon, Surrey.|
- Hambledon Village Trust
- King George V Hospital History site
- Google Maps
- Stained Glass Windows at St. Peter, Hambledon, Surrey