St. Michaels church
Mickleham shown within Surrey
|Area||7.31 km2 (2.82 sq mi)|
|Population||585 (Civil Parish)|
|– density||80/km2 (210/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Dialling code||01372 or 01306|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Mole Valley|
Mickleham is a village and civil parish between the towns of Dorking and Leatherhead in Surrey, England covering 7.31 square kilometres (1,810 acres). The parish includes the hamlets of Fredley and Westhumble.
Mickleham lies near to the old Roman road known as Stane Street. Then, acquiring its Old English based name, the small settlement lay within the Copthorne hundred used for meetings of the wealthy and powerful for strategic purposes in Anglo-Saxon England.
Mickleham appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Michelham and Micleham. It was partly held by Nigel from the Bishop of Bayeux and partly by Oswald from (under) Richard de Tonbridge. Its domesday assets were: 7 hides; 1 church, 7 ploughs, 3 acres (12,000 m2) of meadow, woodland worth 4 hogs. It rendered £10 per year to its overlords.
Ninety Victorian workmen, 'considered navvies' died in an accident when a tunnel they were working on collapsed through Norbury Park within the parish. The village has featured prominently in cycling, following the loops of Box Hill adopted by various versions of the London-Surrey Cycle Classic which has acquired a federation of European cycling points status as an annual event, since its use in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
Places of worship
St. Michael's church (in full the "Parish Church of St. Michael and All Angels in Mickleham") has a Norman west tower and a Norman chancel arch, raised in the 1871 restoration by Ewan Christian, who added neo-Norman aisles and east end. The Norbury chapel on the north side is late Perpendicular, with chequerboard flint and clunch walling.
Community facilities and commerce
The village has two pubs (The Running Horses and The King William IV) and a village shop.
Box Hill School, a private school, is in the village, close to the village shop.
The A24 bypasses Mickleham with a dual-carriageway bypass.
The 465 bus route runs every hour or half hour (except nights) between Kingston upon Thames and Dorking, via Mickleham village.
The Burford Bridge and the zig-zag road
Across the Mole and the A24 is Norbury Park. In this is the 'Druids Grove' which is an area of mature Yew trees.
The River Mole flows nearby. As its name suggests, the river in places goes underground due to the chalk bed being dissolved, forming swallow holes (sinkholes). Ian Middleton tells of his father, sometime in the 1950s, the village police officer P.C. Middleton, looking past his bathroom mirror one morning whilst shaving to see a mature oak tree disappear into the ground. It turned out that the river flowing underground had been gradually wearing away the supporting ground under the tree, forming a giant such hole which had collapsed. The subsequent pit was not filled in until about 1968 approx when it was still 30 ft deep and 30 ft across. P.C. Middleton also reportedly removed parts from an unexploded V2 rocket which fell in the village during World War II.
- Richard Bedford Bennett, 1st Viscount Bennett, Prime Minister of Canada from 1930 to 1935, retired here after his life in politics. He is buried in St Michael's Churchyard, the only former Prime Minister of Canada not buried in that country.
- Lt-Col Sir John Norton-Griffiths, "Empire Jack", was buried at Mickleham Church on 18 October 1930.
- Detective story writer Cyril Hare was born in Mickleham Hall in 1900 and died at Westhumble in the parish in 1958; he is buried in the churchyard. So is his wife's grandfather, Sir Trevor Lawrence, who had famous orchid houses at Burford Lodge in the parish.
- Mrs. Maria Drummond lived at Fredley and was buried here.
- Conversation Sharp, politician, had his country retreat at 'Fredley Farm' and entertained many leading figures of the day there. :
- William Wingfield (MP), was born here.
- Calum MacPherson, actor and bon vivant lived here.
- Lettice Rowbotham, from Mickleham, leaped into the Britain's Got Talent 2014 Finals with the thing she adores, her violin.
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 Council census
- Surrey Domesday Book
- Ian Nairn and Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England - Surrey, 1962
- Knapman, D. - 'Conversation Sharp - The Biography of a London Gentleman, Richard Sharp (1759-1835), in Letters, Prose and Verse'. Chapter 9. . (Private Publication, 2004) British Library.
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