Hambledon, Surrey

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St Peter's church, Hambledon, Surrey.jpg
Church built in the Middle Ages, and adjoining house
Hambledon is located in Surrey
Location within Surrey
Area11.11 km2 (4.29 sq mi)
Population805 (Civil Parish 2011)[1]
• Density72/km2 (190/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSU9738
Civil parish
  • Hambledon
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGodalming
Postcode districtGU8
Dialling code01428
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°08′17″N 0°37′08″W / 51.138°N 0.619°W / 51.138; -0.619Coordinates: 51°08′17″N 0°37′08″W / 51.138°N 0.619°W / 51.138; -0.619

Hambledon is a rural scattered village in the Waverley borough of Surrey, situated south of Guildford. It is dominated by a buffer zone of 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 many of its small population are London commuters or retirees. Its main amenities are a church, a village pub, and the village shop and post office.

History and description[edit]

Hambledon appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Hameledune held overall by Rannulf from Edward de Sarisber (Salisbury). Its Domesday assets were: 3 hides of land; 7 ploughlands, 1 mill worth 2s 6d, 3 acres (0.012 km2) of meadow, woodland worth 30 hogs. It rendered £5 per year to its feudal overlords.[2]

In the 16th century, part of its land was mined for iron ore. This became replaced by the 18th and 19th centuries by brickmaking.[3]

A local traditional legend claims there is buried treasure at Tolt Hill, near Hambledon, but no one has searched for it because it belongs to the Devil.[4]



The parish church is Hambledon Church. Its traditional dedication is to St Peter. Built on top of a hill on Church Lane, its 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[5] 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.[citation needed] Hambledon Church now forms a joint benefice with Busbridge Church.

St Dominic's School

St Dominic's School is atop Mount Oliviet, a hill.

Oakhurst Cottage

Beside the village green stands Oakhurst Cottage – a traditional 16th century timber-framed labourer's home, which has been restored and is now owned by the National Trust.

Merry Harriers

The pub is the Merry Harriers and has a campsite.

Hambledon Village Shop & Post Office A community owned and run grocery shop, cafe and Post Office.

Former landmark[edit]


Hambledon workhouse established under the Poor Laws was used by King Edward's School, Witley in nearby Wormley from 1940 to 1949 while the school buildings were taken over by the Royal Navy. A short distance up the hill, close to the A283 Petworth Road, is the building. 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 buildings were used by Surrey County Council as an old peoples home until 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. Its workhouse survives converted into apartments.

To the north at Hydestile, within Hambledon's boundary, is the site of two former hospitals, King George V Hospital[6] and St. Thomas' Hospital. This 50-acre (0.20 km2) site has now been redeveloped.


Hambledon Heath or Hurst

The village is 7.5 miles (12.1 km) SSW of the county town of Surrey, Guildford, and 3.3 miles (5.3 km) south of Godalming, which is the administrative centre of the borough of Waverley.[7] In the centre of the civil parish are the greatest number of buildings, mostly linear.[8] Hambledon is centred on a high watershed between the English Channel and North Sea. Two watercourses ultimately drain the village, neither in the parish, the River Wey and the River Arun, the former having a small stream, the West Brook of Godalming, which rises here.

In Hambledon's northern part (and south of it) are uplands of the Greensand Ridge, which can be explored using roads (in places) or the long distance path, the Greensand Way.[9][10]

Demography and housing[edit]

2011 Census Homes
Output area Detached Semi-detached Terraced Flats and apartments Caravans/temporary/mobile homes shared between households[1]
(Civil Parish) 171 89 17 31 2 0

The average level of accommodation in the region composed of detached houses was 28%, the average that was apartments was 22.6%.

2011 Census Key Statistics
Output area Population Households % Owned outright % Owned with a loan hectares[1]
(Civil Parish) 805 310 43.2% 30.0% 1,111

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).

Notable residents[edit]


In Sydney, a cottage was built by John Macarthur for Penelope Lucas, the governess to his children. She named it Hambledon Cottage after Hambledon, Surrey.


  1. ^ a b c Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 21 November 2013
  2. ^ Surrey Domesday Book Archived 15 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ H.E. Malden, ed. (1911). "Parishes: Hambledon". A History of the County of Surrey. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  4. ^ Ash, Russell (1973). Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain. Reader's Digest Association Limited. p. 202. ISBN 9780340165973.
  5. ^ Busbridge and Hambledon Church service times, Busbridge and Hambledon Church website.
  6. ^ King George V Hospital Archived 20 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Grid Reference Finder distance tools
  8. ^ "Ordnance Survey". Archived from the original on 24 April 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  9. ^ Surrey County Council — The Greensand Way
  10. ^ Kent County Council — The Greensand Way[permanent dead link]

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