Hambledon Church

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Hambledon Church
Hambledon Church Surrey in the snow.JPG
51°8′31.4″N 0°36′51.6″W / 51.142056°N 0.614333°W / 51.142056; -0.614333
Location Hambledon, Surrey
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Website www.bhcgodalming.org
Former name(s) St Peter's Church
Founded Before 1290AD
Style Tractarian mid-Victorian
Years built Rebuilt 1846AD by Rev E Bullock
Parish Busbridge and Hambledon
Deanery Godalming
Archdeaconry Surrey
Episcopal area Guildford (Bishop of Guildford)
Diocese Guildford
Rector Simon Taylor
Vicar(s) Catherine McBride (Associate Vicar), Margot Spencer, David Mace, James Gibson, Andy Spencer, John Postill, David Jenkins

Hambledon Church as it is known locally (historically known as St Peters) is an evangelical Anglican Church in Hambledon, Surrey, United Kingdom. Hambledon Church is part of a parish with Busbridge Church[1] connected to the large village or small town of Godalming, Surrey. Together Busbridge and Hambledon Church have six Sunday congregations ranging from traditional to modern and contemporary services.[2] The Patrons are the Martyrs Memorial and the Church of England Charitable Trust.


Hambledon Church was founded by Ranaulf Flambard before 1086. There are detailed records of Christian worship taking place on the site since before the 14th century. A roll of Rectors on the West wall of the church records Rectors from 1301 to the present Rector (2010) and vicar with special responsibility in the village (2012).[3]

The half-county of the West of Surrey was originally in the Diocese of Winchester but benefitted from closer connections to its charitable and spiritual senior leaders on the establishment in the early 20th century of a more local cathedral and clergy on establishment of the Diocese of Guildford.


The building has a tall square, wood-shingled bell-cot at the western end with double louvred-windows to either side. It has a pyramidal roof over the bellcote topped by a ball and a weathervane finial. Buttressing supports the west end with a quatrefoil roundel window over two lancet windows below, all with linked hood moulds. One 'decorated style' two-light window and one plate tracery window to south side also has mouldings above. There are also gabled offset buttress between lancet north chapel windows underneath mouldings with sill bands and string courses linking windows with the buttresses and the building has a cornice (band of prominent stone beneath the roof). Much of this ornamentation was added in 1846 and the building is listed in the initial architectural protected status category of Grade II.[3]

Sunday Services[edit]

9:00am Heritage Service[edit]

A popular service that follows the 1662 Book of Common Prayer with hymns led by an organist.[4]

10:30am Contemporary Service[edit]

Contemporary and relaxed style with groups for children on all Sundays except the first of each month. On the first Sunday there is an all age service with Messy Church activities, craft and worship. Music is led by a band. Holy Communion is offered on the third Sunday of each month.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Joint Benefice with Hambledon Church, Hambledon Village website.
  2. ^ Service times and congregations, Busbridge Church.
  3. ^ a b Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1261112)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  4. ^ The 9:00am Heritage Service, Busbridge and Hambledon Church website.
  5. ^ 11:am Contemporary Service, Busbridge and Hambledon Church website.

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