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St Mary, Fetcham, Surrey

(51°17′16″N, 0°21′13″W)
TQ 149 556
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Surrey
now Surrey
medieval Winchester
now Guildford
  • Nora Courtney
  • Peter Hayes
  • Susan Nettle
  • Peter Hayes
26 Aug 2015

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Feature Sets

Fetcham is a suburban village in the Mole Valley district of Surrey, separated from Leatherhead to the E by the River Mole. The church is in the village centre and consists of an aisled nave with a tower at the E end of the S aisle, a N transept and a chancel. The nave is 11thc in its oldest parts, with a deeply splayed lancet remaining in the wall abobe the S arcade. Next come the S arcade and the lowest parts of the tower, dating from the mid-12thc. The chancel was rebuilt in the 13thc when the N transept was added and the continuously moulded N aisle dates from the 14thc. Finally the upper parts of the tower date from the mid-18thc. Construction is of flint with limestone dressings and some Roman brick and tile.


The king held Fetcham in demesne in 1086, and before the Conquest it was held by Queen Edith. It was assessed at 7 hides in the Confessor's time, and there were 4 mills, 10 acres of meadow and woodland for 6 pigs. A second manor was held by Richard of Tonbridge, Lord of Clare from Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, and was assessed at 8½ hides in 1066 and 4 hides in 1086. Finally Thegn Osweald had a holding of 3 hides, formerly assessed at 11 hides.

in 1088-89 the king's manor was given to William de Warrenne and in the 13thc it was held of the Honour of Warenne by John d'Abernon, and Odo's fee was in the same hands, so the two holdings had been united. The third manor, held by Osweald, brother of Wulfwold Abbot of Chersey, had been acquired by Merton Priory by 1167 and ultimately becaame the manor of Cannon Court.

In 1338 the advowson of the church was held by John d'Abernon, showing that the church was in the unified manor formerly held by the Warenne's.


Interior Features



Nairn and Pevsner date the arcade to c.1150, comparing the slightly chamfered arches to Great and Little Bookham. The base of the tower has 2 lancets on the S wall they date to the same campaign. The window above the arcade, dressed with Roman brick, is clearly earlier but the editor sees no compelling reason to date it before the Conquest as Nairn and Pevsner do.


Historic England Listed Building. English Heritage Legacy ID: 290439

I. Nairn and N. Pevsner (rev. B. Cherry), The Buildings of England. Surrey, New Haven and London,2nd ed. 1971, 244-45.

Victoria County History: Surrey, Vol. 3, 1911, 284-90.