In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described West Horsley like this:
HORSLEY (WEST), a village and a parish in Guildford district, Surrey. The village stands 3¼ miles N by E of Gomshall r. station, and 6 ENE of Guildford; and has a post office under Ripley.The parish comprises 2, 993 acres. Real property, £3, 135; of which £10 are in chalk pits. Pop., 706. Houses, 145. The property is divided among a few. The manor, with West Horsley Place, belonged to Lord Berners, the translator of Froissart; passed to the Raleighs; was the favourite residence of Carew Raleigh, son of Sir Walter; passed to the family of Nicholas; and belongs now to H. ...
M. Weston, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £317.* Patron, H. M. Weston, Esq. The church is partly early English, partly perpendicular; was well restored in 1849; comprises nave, aisles, and chancel, with tower and shingled spire; has, at the W end of the nave, a curious carving of the Nativity, found under the flooring in 1810; and contains monuments of a Berners and a Fullerton. A mortuary chapel belonging to the manor house is traditionally said to contain the head of Sir Walter Raleigh, in the same grave as the remains of his son. There are a national school, and charities £151.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of West Horsley, in Guildford and Surrey | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 21st April 2014
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