In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Alfold like this:
ALFOLD, Aldfold, or Awfold, a parish in the district of Hambledon, and counties of Surrey and Sussex; on the Wey and Arundel canal, 6½ miles SE of Witley r. station, and 8 SSE of Godalming. It has a post office under Horsham. Acres, 2,883. Real property, £1,970. Pop., 535. Houses, 96. Much of the surface is wood land; and little yields any grain but oats. Several French refugees from the massacre on St. Bartholomew's day settled here, and erected a glass manufactory. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £205.* Patron, the Rev. L. W. Elliott. The church is Norman.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Alfold, in Waverley and Surrey | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th November 2014
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