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 tucked away amongst 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. Its main amenities are a church and village pub.
History and description
Hambledon appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Hameledune. It was held by Rannulf from Edward de Sarisber (Salisbury). Its domesday assets were: 3 hides; 7 ploughs, 1 mill worth 2s 6d, 3 acres (12,000 m2) of meadow, woodland worth 30 hogs. It rendered £5 per year to its feudal overlords.
The village church is known locally as Hambledon Church. Its dedication is named after St Peter. Hambledon church can be found at the top of a hill on Church Lane. The 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 is atop Mount Oliviet.
A short distance up the hill, close to the A283 Petworth Road, is a building which was originally built as the local workhouse. 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 pub is the Merry Harriers and has a campsite.
The Buildings were used by Surrey County Council as an Old Peoples home up to 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. Only the workhouse survives – now converted into apartments.
In Sydney, Australia, a cottage was built by John Macarthur for Penelope Lucas, the governess to his children. She named it Hambledon Cottage after Hambledon, Surrey.
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
- Busbridge and Hambledon Church service times, Busbridge and Hambledon Church website.
- King George V Hospital
|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