St Martin's Church, Dorking

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St Martin's Church
Church of St Martin of Tours, Dorking
St Martin of Tours Tower - - 1050226.jpg
St Martin's Church is located in Surrey
St Martin's Church
St Martin's Church
Coordinates: 51°13′58″N 0°19′56″W / 51.2328°N 0.3322°W / 51.2328; -0.3322
OS grid referenceTQ1654049499
LocationDorking, Surrey
CountryUnited Kingdom
DedicationSt Martin of Tours
Functional statusParish church
Heritage designationGrade II*
Designated11 June 1973[1]
Architect(s)Henry Woodyer
Bishop(s)Rt. Rev. Christopher Hill
RectorRev Derek Tyghe

St Martin's Church is an Anglican parish church in Dorking, Surrey. It is a Grade II* listed building and surviving parts of the structure date back to the Middle Ages. It in the archdeaconry of Dorking, in the Diocese of Guildford. The church is the main Anglican parish church in Dorking and was refurbished to the designs of Henry Woodyer.


Early history[edit]

In the Domesday Book there is a mention of a church in the Manor of Dorking. The present church was originally built in the twelfth century probably to replace the previous one. In the 14th century the church was extended and conveyed to the Priory of the Holy Cross in Reigate. It also served as a school house for parts of the 17th century.[3]

19th century[edit]

In the 19th century, sizeable renovations were done to the church. Between 1835 and 1837 the nave was rebuilt. From 1866 to 1868, this was followed by the chancel being rebuilt. In 1872, the nave and aisles were restored again, this time under the direction of the architect Henry Woodyer.[3][4]

From 1873 to 1877, a new tower and a spire (210 feet high) were added. The bells, which were acquired in 1626 were then rehung in the new bell tower.[4] In 1912, work on extending the lady chapel was completed.[4]



The church is also shared with the local Methodist congregation. In 1973, the Methodist church in Dorking closed and an agreement was drawn up whereby they could share the church building. In 1976, another agreement was reached so that the nearby Christian Centre could be used by both congregations as a church hall.[5]


The church has a close relationship with the nearby St Martin's Church of England Primary School. According to the school's Vision and Values it states that, 'We are a Church School and we will build on strong family values that encourage tolerance and respect for the whole of our richly diverse community.'[6]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ British Listed Buildings retrieved 2 May 2013
  2. ^ Parishes from Diocese of Guildford retrieved 2 May 2013
  3. ^ a b St Martin's Dorking from Exploring Surrey's Past, retrieved 2 May 2013
  4. ^ a b c St Martin Dorking from Surrey Bell Ringers, retrieved 2 May 2013
  5. ^ About the churches from St Martin's Dorking, retrieved 2 May 2013
  6. ^ Vision and Values from St Martin's Primary School, retrieved 2 May 2013

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