St Joseph's Church, Dorking

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St. Joseph's Church
St Joseph's RC Church, Falkland Grove, Dorking.JPG
St. Joseph's Church is located in Surrey
St. Joseph's Church
St. Joseph's Church
Coordinates: 51°13′32″N 0°20′11″W / 51.225679°N 0.336368°W / 51.225679; -0.336368
OS grid referenceTQ 16266 48702
LocationDorking, Surrey
CountryUnited Kingdom
DenominationRoman Catholic
Founded1872 (1872)
DedicationSt Joseph
Functional statusParish church
DioceseArundel and Brighton
Bishop(s)Right Rev Richard Moth
Priest(s)Fr Tony Milner
Deacon(s)Rev Tony Kinal

St Joseph's Church is a Roman Catholic Church in Dorking, Surrey. It was founded in 1872 with help from the Duke of Norfolk. It is situated in Falkland Grove in the town. It is the only Catholic parish church in Dorking and is served by the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.



Historically, the Dukes of Norfolk were major landowners in the Dorking area. They were a Catholic family and had their own chaplains, who also served the needs of local Catholics in the 18th and 19th centuries. Henry Fitzalan-Howard, 15th Duke of Norfolk originally owned the site of present-day Falkland Grove, and it was there that the duke and duchess financed the building of a church to serve the local Catholic congregation.[2] In 1871[2] or 1872, a temporary structure was erected to be a church.[3] The "unpretentious structure" stood on Coldharbour Lane. Catholic schools were established soon afterwards.[2]


In 1895, the church was rebuilt and the architect Frederick Walters was brought in to design it. It was built in place of the old church and the land was donated by the Duke of Norfolk to the newly created parish. He also made a contribution to the cost of the building.[4] It was built as a memorial to Minna Fitzalan-Howard and is in the Gothic Revival style. The first Mass was celebrated on 26 June 1895.[2]

A statue of St Joseph is in the garden next to the church.

St Joseph with the Christ Child



The church has a close relationship with the nearby St Joseph's Catholic Primary School.[5] St Joseph's is the only Catholic school in Dorking and was founded alongside the church in 1873, also by the Duchess of Norfolk. In 1887, a group of Servite Nuns ran the school and continued to do so until 1970. In that year the school moved to its present site on Norfolk Road.[6]


The church has three Sunday Masses, 6:00pm on Saturday evening and 9:00am and 11:00am on Sunday morning.[7]

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  1. ^ Deaneries from Diocese of Arundel and Brighton retrieved 1 May 2013
  2. ^ a b c d Kelly 1907, p. 156.
  3. ^ Malden, H. E. (ed) (1911). "A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3. Parishes: Dorking". Victoria County History of Surrey. British History Online. pp. 141–150. Retrieved 28 April 2015.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ St Martin's from Exploring Surrey's Past, retrieved 1 May 2013
  5. ^ School from St Joseph's Catholic Church, retrieved 1 May 2013
  6. ^ School History from St Joseph's School Dorking, retrieved 1 May 2013
  7. ^ Services from St Joseph's Catholic Church, retrieved 1 May 2013


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