In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Albury like this:
ALBURY, Aldbury, or Alderbury, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict in the district of Guildford, Surrey. The village stands on a tributary of the river Wey, under the north downs, 1 mile N of Gomshall and Sheire r. station, and 5 ESE of Guildford; and has post office under Guildford. The new parish church at it is an edifice of red brick, in the Norman style, after the model of a church at Caen. ...
The author of "Proverbial Philosophy" resided at the village. The adjacent country abounds in charming walks and rides; and a spot, called Newland's Corner, commands a most extensive view.The parish comprises 4,503 acres. Real property, £4,905. Pop., 1,041. Houses, 199. Albury state belongs to Earl Percy; belonged previously, from 1819, to H. Drummond, Esq.; and belonged previously to the Finches and the Howards. The grounds of its park possess interesting artificial features; some derived from Henry Howard, afterwards Duke of Norfolk; others mentioned in the book of Domesday. The mansion has been modernized from designs by Pugin. The old parish church, in Early Norman, with a tower, adjoins the mansion. The cathedral of the Catholic Apostolic church, a cruciform edifice in the perpendicular style, built by Mr. Drummond at a cost of £10,000, stands in the park. The living of Albury is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £600.* Patron, the Duke of Northumberland. Charities, £31.-The subdistrict comprises seven parishes. Acres, 19,760. Pop., 4,453. Houses, 892.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Albury, in Guildford and Surrey | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th March 2017
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