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St Lawrence is the oldest church in Surrey Heath and is the only Grade I listed building in the borough. It is a landmark in our village heritage and at the heart of our community today.
There was possibly an even earlier church on the site, but the oldest part of the current building dates from about 1080. Only a few elements of this Norman church remain. It probably finished at the present chancel step so the church has expanded in several directions. Many generations have added features of great beauty right down to our own times.
Until 1215 the dead of Chobham were carried the seven miles to Chertsey Abbey, whose priests at that time conducted the services in the church. Then Thomas of Chobham, petitioned the Pope for a burial ground by the church.
The first Vicar of Chobham was William Dagelynggesworth in 1324. There is a list of the vicars after him in the church porch.
The church is dedicated to St Lawrence, who was martyred for his faith in Rome in 258.
St Saviour is a charming little red brick Victorian church built with the generosity of an aristocratic philanthropist the Hon Mrs Julia Bathurst, a widow who moved in high society but was also deeply involved in the affairs of the community where she lived. She had founded Valley End School.
It was a long walk to church in Chobham for the population of Valley End, many of them in service at the area’s grand houses.
Julia Bathurst wanted and afforded the best, commissioning Gothic Revivalist Sir
George Frederick Bodley -
The Parish of Valley End was united with Chobham in the 1950s.
The 150th anniversary of the dedication of St Saviour is being celebrated in 2017 and a fascinating blog is capturing cameos of life in Valley End and its church.
You can read it here.
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