Borough of Waverley

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Borough of Waverley
Non-metropolitan district
Waverley shown within Surrey
Waverley shown within Surrey
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Non-metropolitan county Surrey
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Godalming
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body Waverley Borough Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPs Jeremy Hunt
Anne Milton
 • Total 133.3 sq mi (345.2 km2)
Area rank

123rd (of 326)

Highest point = Gibbet Hill, Hindhead
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 121,800
 • Rank 176th (of 326)
 • Density 910/sq mi (350/km2)
 • Ethnicity 97.4% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 43UL (ONS)
E07000216 (GSS)
OS grid reference SU9660743750

The Borough of Waverley is a local government district with borough status in Surrey, England. The borough's headquarters are in the town of Godalming, with Farnham (2001 Census Pop. 37,055) and Haslemere (2001 Census Pop. 15,612) being the other large notable towns.

Waverley neighbours the boroughs of Guildford and Mole Valley in Surrey, and the counties of West Sussex and Hampshire. The borough is named after Waverley Abbey, near Farnham, the earliest Cistercian monastery in Britain. The borough also contains Blackheath Common an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Waverley is a Wealden borough, bounded to the north by the Hog's Back section of the North Downs and by the Greensand Ridge. It is one of the most heavily wooded boroughs in England. It takes its name from Waverley Abbey, whose ruins are within the district (unlike local wandering side Waverley Cricket Club, who are named after the Waverley Arms pub in Farnham and who have used the name since 1952[1]).


The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the municipal borough of Godalming, with Farnham and Haslemere urban districts and Hambledon Rural District.

The 5 May 2011 borough elections produced 56 Conservative seats and 1 Independent.[2]


Civil parishes[edit]

Waverley is entirely divided into civil parishes.[4]

See List of settlements and parishes in Waverley
Waverley parishes.png


Coordinates: 51°11′3.45″N 0°37′3.29″W / 51.1842917°N 0.6175806°W / 51.1842917; -0.6175806