||It has been suggested that Limpsfield Chart be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since November 2013.|
North end of Wolf's Row, Limpsfield
Limpsfield shown within Surrey
|Area||18.54 km2 (7.16 sq mi)|
|Population||3,569 (Civil Parish)|
|- Density||193 /km2 (500 /sq mi)|
|- London||18.0 mi (29.0 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||East Surrey|
Limpsfield is a village and civil parish in the east of the county of Surrey, England, by Oxted at the foot of the North Downs. The town Oxted merges with the village's westernmost area, Oxted railway station being within 300m of the residential East Hill (on the A25) in the village and under a mile from Limpsfield's conservation area High Street. Composer Frederick Delius is buried in the village and there are 89 listed buildings.
Limpsfield appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Limenesfeld. It was held by the Abbot of Battle Abbey, Sussex. Its domesday assets were: 1 church, 1 mill worth 2s, 19 ploughs, 1 fishery, 4 acres (1.6 ha) of meadow, woodland worth 150 hogs, 2 stone quarries, 3 nests of hawks. It rendered £24 (of silver) per year to its feudal overlords.
Old Court Cottage in Titsey Road, formerly the manorial court of the Abbot of Battle, is grade I listed building and dates from c1190-1200 (including aisle posts and arcade plates) with alterations in the late 14th century, and a 16th-century crosswing. Reginald Mason cited this in 1964 as an outstandingly important early example of a timber framed building in the south of England.
The parish church of St. Peter was constructed in the late 12th century and is a grade I listed building extensively restored in the 19th century, unusually it tower windows with two light plate tracery of c.1260 is made of ironstone rubble with stone dressings and dressed stone to north aisle. In addition it has a wooden shingled spire with wooden cross surmounted.
The village heart is in a conservation area and some of the surrounding area is National Trust land including Limpsfield Common. Staffhurst Wood is also within the parish boundaries and is notable for its bluebells in spring. Limpsfield Chart, a hamlet to the south east of the village has a golf course and cricket club. Limpsfield itself has a football (soccer) team and a tennis club and its current cricket club is a united team with Oxted, named Oxted & Limpsfield Cricket Club with two grounds.
The village is served by Oxted railway station.
The composer Frederick Delius is buried in St Peter's churchyard, who was an early proponent of post-impressionist modernism.
St Peters church is also home to the last stained glass windows produced by John David Hayward who lived for many years in nearby Edenbridge, the window depicts Saint Cecilia.
The artist was a very important and leading artist in stained glass in the 20th century.
One of John's most famous works is the great west window in Sherbourne Abbey, Dorset.
The civil and ecclesiastical parish area is grouped to the north and south of Hurst Green, Surrey. The built up section is north of Hurst Green and both east and north-east of Oxted. The lowest elevation is 62m at Staffhurst Wood on the south-wastern parish boundary on the River Eden, Kent and highest is just east of the town centre at Grubstreet Copse at 163m; (Titsey being a separate civil parish north of the village and higher on the North Downs).
There is also a parish council with ten members.
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).
|Oxted and Hurst Green, Surrey||Westerham|
|Hurst Green, Surrey||Haxted, Edenbridge, Kent||Limpsfield Chart|
The English orchestra conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham, is also buried there, only a few metres from Delius, whose music he supported and promoted. Another nearby grave is occupied by the cellist Beatrice Harrison, who lived locally in Oxted, and who worked closely with both Delius and Beecham.
Over time, the parish has been home to a number of notable residents:
- Colin Cowdrey, former England cricket captain, resided in the village for many years.
- The book illustrator Arthur Rackham lived and died in Pains Hill (a small hamlet to the south of Limpsfield village).
- The Big Brother (TV series) host, Davina McCall, spent much of her childhood in Limpsfield.
- Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 21 November 2013
- Online map distance reference tool Retrieved 2012-04-27
- Surrey Domesday Book
- "Old Court Cottage". The National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- Brodie, Allan (1990). E. C. Fernie, ed. Medieval Architecture and Its Intellectual Context. London: Hambledon. p. 101. ISBN 978-1-8528-5034-0.
- Mason, Reginald Thomas (1969). Buildings of the Weald. Coach Publishing House Ltd. p. 111.
- "Church of St Peter, High Street". The National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- National Heritage List, online. Accessed 2012-04-27.
- Limpsfield parish council - amenities
- Local Cricket Club Website
- List of Parish Councils. Accessed 2012-04-27
- "List of Surrey CC Councillors". Surrey County Council. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- "Council Members". Tandridge District Council. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- "Parish Council Members". Limpsfield Parish Council. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
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- Limpsfield parish council
- Limpsfield parish council - history
- Limpsfield from Victoria County History
- Delius' Gravestone