Wanborough Grange

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Restored monastic barn of Wanborough Grange

Wanborough Grange refers to an existing late medieval barn and formerly its surrounding monastic grange in Wanborough, Surrey, England.


The agricultural estate was owned by Waverley Abbey, from 1130 to 1536, the Dissolution of the Monasteries whereupon (as with most abbey lands) it passed to the Crown and it was added to the manor and wholesale awarded by Henry VIII to a major landowner, William Fitzwilliam, 1st Earl of Southampton, passing on his death to his half brother's family, the Browne baronets already by that stage. It passed over generations through a succession of inheriting peers: Viscount Montagu, the Earls of Dirletoun and Annandale, the Duke and Duchesses of Hamilton. The latter sold it to the Colwall family who were related by a second marriage to the Onslow family that later became elevated to the title of Earl of Onslow, who was non-resident lord of the manor was in 1910. Owing to the economic expansion of the Industrial Revolution and British Empire it became less of a relative revenue-generating source than it had previously provided. The nearby manor house became the grand home of Sir Algernon West in the years around 1910 when the Victoria County History was compiled by H. E. Malden, who helped William Ewart Gladstone's multiple periods of leadership as his Principal Private Secretary, heavily associated with the two-party politics of the 19th century.[1][2]

Barn of 1388[edit]

The historic barn was built in 1388 in part with a 15th-century main core and later roof. It is classed within the middle category of listed building, Grade II*.[3][4] It was restored in 1997, is owned by Guildford Borough Council, and is maintained by the Guildford Museum. [5]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 518740". PastScape. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  2. ^ 'Parishes: Wanborough', in A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3, ed. H E Malden (London, 1911), pp. 374-375 http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/surrey/vol3/pp374-375 [accessed 24 April 2015].
  3. ^ http://www.explorebritain.info/visit-wanborough-barn
  4. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1029613)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  5. ^ http://www.guildford.gov.uk/article/7578/History-of-Wanborough-Barn

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Coordinates: 51°13′54″N 0°39′48″W / 51.23157°N 0.66325°W / 51.23157; -0.66325