Wood Street Village

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Wood Street Village
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Small part of the green, main thoroughfare and pub sign
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Housing in the village
Wood Street Village is located in Surrey
Wood Street Village
Wood Street Village
 Wood Street Village shown within Surrey
Population 1,718 .[1]
OS grid reference SU9551
Civil parish Worplesdon
District Guildford
Shire county Surrey
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Guildford
Postcode district GU3
Dialling code 01483
Police Surrey
Fire Surrey
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Guildford
List of places
UK
England
Surrey

Coordinates: 51°15′11″N 0°38′28″W / 51.253°N 0.641°W / 51.253; -0.641

Wood Street Village is a clustered and linear village in Surrey, England with a village green, buffered by Metropolitan Green Belt on all sides. It is centred 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Guildford and is part of the civil parish of Worplesdon as well as continuing to be served semi-dependently as a chapelry of the Church of England. Its amenities include an infant school, post office and public houses. The Normandy Youth Center is among the amenities serving the children of Wood Street Village.

History[edit]

See also: Worplesdon

The history of this area is described in histories of the parish of Worplesdon,[2] of which Wood Street Village is a part, however has developed similar amenities of its own (save for a community halls, paths and recreational amenities maintenance decision making body, its civil parish council).[3]·

There are a large minority of pre-20th century houses in the village; Wood Street Village has farmhouses which date from the 15th and 16th centuries.[4] Littlefield Manor, in the mid-category of architectural listing Grade II* joins with neighbouring Whipley Manor as one of two similarly sized farms, but which were once larger manors, the history of which is well documented by its many returns such as the Feet of Fines kept by the central government. Historically these records were kept at the Palace of Westminster but today are held at the National Archives (UK) and their contents are summarised in such works as the Victoria County History.[5][2]

Wood Street School opened in 1878 and the Victorian part still stands.[2]

Geography[edit]

The village is nucleated in layout but with a linear part to the north-west and east and more than half of its land is cultivated fields woodland, in the south or along the banks of its two main brooks, which flow north. Guildford is centred 3 miles (4.8 km) east.[6]

Elevations and soil

Elevations range from 67m in the north and west to 38m Above Ordnance Datum (sea level) in the far north toward the discharge to brooks along east side of the area, including at Clasford Common and Clasford Bridge in the north-west corner.[7] The soil is rich in humus with a mixed subsoil of clay and loamy soil interspersed with small amounts of sandier soil in uninhabited highest patches.[2]

Amenities[edit]

The single place of worship in the village was built in 1967 to a very tall single-storey gable end roof design

The village green features the only surviving maypole in Surrey and hosts late spring and summer fairs.[8]

Wood Street Village's amenities include a church, infant school, post office and public houses. The rural Normandy Youth Center has a number of current children of the village who attend its meetings or use its facilities.

The current St Albans large chapel was completed in 1967.[9]

Nearby main sports teams are Normandy and Normandy Reserves F.C. who play in the Aldershot & District Football League.

Neighbouring settlements[edit]

References[edit]

Wood Street Village Web Site: http://www.woodstreetvillage.info

  1. ^ Surrey County Council Collated ONS Census data by Output Area
  2. ^ a b c d H.E. Malden (editor) (1911). "Parishes: Worplesdon". A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Parish of Worplesdon The Church of England Retrieved 2014-01-01
  4. ^ Grade II examples are: Dunmore Farmhouse English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1377710)". National Heritage List for England. 
    Old Gables English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1191814)". National Heritage List for England. 
    Hook Farmhouse English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1029617)". National Heritage List for England. 
  5. ^ Whipley Manor - Grade II English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1191560)". National Heritage List for England. 
    Littlefield Manor - Grade II* English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1191554)". National Heritage List for England. 
  6. ^ Grid Reference Finder distance tools
  7. ^ Grid square map Ordnance survey website
  8. ^ Woodstreet the growth of a Village (Wood Street Village History Society, 1988) ISBN 0-9513065-0-2
  9. ^ http://www.achurchnearyou.com/wood-street-village-st-albans-church/

External links[edit]

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