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St Andrew, Cobham, Surrey

(51°19′32″N, 0°24′45″W)
TQ 107 597
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Surrey
now Surrey
medieval Winchester
now Guildford
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • Nora Courtney
  • Peter Hayes
  • Susan Nettle
  • Peter Hayes
22 May 2014

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Cobham is a village in the Elmbridge district of Surrey, about 4 miles SE of Weybridge and the same distance SW of Esher. The church is at the E end of Cobham, alongside the River Mole. It is constructed of carstone and flint. About the middle of the 12th century the church seems to have consisted of chancel, nave, and west tower; the chancel was probably lengthened early in the 13th century, and at the same time the north chapel was added with an arcade of two bays opening into the chancel; part of one of the original small lancets remains in the north wall of the chapel, but the other windows are later insertions. A series of restorations in 1853, 1872, 1886 and 1902 resulted in the addition of 2 new aisles and a S chapel. Romanesque features described here are the tower bell openings and tower arch, the S doorway and the N chapel arcade.


The manor of Cobham for many centuries formed part of the possessions of the Abbot and convent of Chertsey. Frithwald, subregulus of Surrey, and Bishop Erkenwald are said to have granted to Chertsey Abbey in 675 'ten mansas at Coveham,' and this grant was confirmed and augmented by Edward the Confessor in 1062. At the time of the Domesday Survey the abbey held Cobham, including three mills. Henry I gave the abbot a grant of free warren in the manor, with leave to keep dogs, and to inclose Cobham Park at his pleasure for hunting purposes. This privilege was not however allowed him by the Quo Warranto Commissioners, but in 1285 the king granted a new charter of free warren.


Exterior Features



Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches



Nairn rather gratuitously labels the S doorway 'of indifferent quality'. VCH notes that it must be reset in the aisle wall. It probably predates the tower arch, with its sheathed and grooved scallops, and this is dated c.1160 by VCH. The chacel chapel arcade comes at the very end of the century, c.1200.


Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID 286627

I. Nairn and N. Pevsner (rev. B. Cherry), The Buildings of England. Surrey, New Haven and London,2nd ed. 1971, 163-64.

Victoria County History: Surrey, Vol. 3, 1911, 442-47.