Ockley  Surrey


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

OCKLEY, a village and a parish in Dorking district, Surrey. The village stands near the Dorking and Horsham railway, 7 miles S by W of Dorking; has a station on the railway; is supposed to be the Aclea of the Saxon chronicle, where Ethelwulf defeated the Danes ina great battle in 851; and has an old-fashioned green, a post-office‡ under Dorking, and two small inns. ...

The parish includes parts of the chapelries of Cold Harbour and Oakwood, and comprises 4, 286 acres. Real property, £3, 570. Pop., 683. Houses, 104. The property is divided among a few. Ockley Court is the seat of MajorW. Calvert; Joldwynds, ofC. Wetton, Esq.; Leith Hill Place, of J. Wedgwood, Esq.; and Elderslie, of G. Arbuthnot, Esq. The parish abounds with traditions of the Danes; and Aubrey saw traces of an ancient castle near the church, and says that the Danes destroyed it with battering engines, placed on Berry Hill, 2 milesdistant. Vestiges of a Roman camp, with double ditch and vallum, are at Holmbury Hill. A magnificent view, over parts of fourteen counties, and to London and these a, is got from Leith Hill. The parish is a meet for the Horsham hounds. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £539.* Patron, Clare College, Cambridge. The church, in 1867, was in bad condition. There are a parochial school, and charities about £90.

Ockley through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 18th April 2024

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