Ockham  Surrey


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ockham like this:

OCKHAM, a village and a parish in Guild ford district, Surrey. The village stands near the river Wey, 1 mile E N E of Ripley, and 4 E S E of Woking r. station; and gives the title of Viscount to the Earl of Lovelace. The parish includes a detached tract of 60 acres, surrounded by Abinger parish, 9 miles to the S S E; and comprises altogether 2, 340 acres. ...

Post-town, Ripley, under Woking Station. Real property, £3,003. Pop., 682. Houses, 110. The property is divided among a few. Ockham Park belonged to the Suttons; was purchased from them, in 1711, by Lord Chancellor King; belongs now to the Earl of Lovelace; has a mansion in the Italian style, and pleasant grounds and gardens; and is occupied by the Right Hon. S. Lushington. Charcoal-burning is carried on. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £248.* Patron, the Earl of Lovelace. The church is partly decorated English, partly perpendicular; has an early English chancel, with E window of seven lancets, divided by pilaste of Sussex marble, with sculptured capitals; comprises nave, N aisle, side-chapel, and chancel, with W low embattled tower; and contains three brasses of the 15th century, and, in the side-chapel, full-length statues of Lord King and his lady by Rysbrach. There are a parochial club and reading room, a school for the children of agricultural labourers, a training-school for nursery-governesses, and a suite of alms-houses. The schools were founded by Lord Lovelace, and are somewhat picturesque buildings. Three distinguished Franciscans were natives of the parish, and took name from it, Nicholas de Ockham, about 1320, a commentator on Peter Lombard; John de Ockham, about 1344; and William de Ockham, the founder of the Nominalists, and known as "the invincible doctor."

Ockham through time

Ockham is now part of Guildford district. Click here for graphs and data of how Guildford has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Ockham itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ockham, in Guildford and Surrey | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 28th September 2021

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