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Churches and Chapels

When James Horne first came to Normandy in about 1819 there was no official place of worship in what was then a small hamlet. On Sundays, churchgoers were obliged to journey to their church, chapel or meeting house in Ash, Pirbright, Wanborough or Worplesdon Parish. However, James's presence in Normandy and his religious fervour during that century had not only a profound influence on the people of this area but also on the building of church and chapels.

By the end of that century there were four formal places of worship established for the people of Normandy. They were, the Congregational Chapel at Willey Green built in 1825, a small chapel in Glaziers Lane built in 1850, St. Mark's Church Wyke consecrated in 1847 and the Methodist Wesleyan Chapel built at Normandy crossroads in 1886, replacing the small chapel. Following the consecration of St. Mark's Church, its churchyard became the final resting-place of most parishioners for all denominations until crematorium were opened to the public. The burial record for James Horne leads one to believe that his grave, now unmarked, is in the corner of the churchyard looking towards School Lane.


The Church in the Wilderness - Memorials of James Horne, for fifty years a Wesleyan local preacher in Surrey with some particulars of the rise of the Methodism in and around Guildford. This 21-page booklet was written in 1871.

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Baptisms, Marriages and Burials
Baptisms, Marriages and Burials of those from Normandy but ouside of Normandy at
St Peter's, Ash
St Mary the Virgin, Worplesdon
St John the Baptist, Puttenham
St Michael's, Puttenham
St Lawrence, Seale
St Alban's, Wood Street
St. Michael's, Aldershot

Worplesdon Baptisms, Marriages and Burials
at St Mary the Virgin, Worplesdon
Up until the early 1960’s, Willey Green, New Cut and Bailes Lane, were part of the Parish of Worplesdon, so are listed as Worplesdon Baptisms and Worplesdon Burials. Note some Baptisms at St Mary the Virgin, Worplesdon are listed in the main Baptisms list.

Postscript: Christopher John Pettitt of Normandy Historians transcribed these extracts in 2010 to help researchers of family history for information about past family connections with Normandy. The spelling of names has been copied from the original registers and it is noted the there may be errors in these. It is also possible that transcription errors have been introduced in the preparation of these extracts. Anyone researching a particular family or property should consult the original registers to verify the details and to find additional information.

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Baptisms, Marriages and Burials

Worplesdon Friends Burials (1666 - 1779)

The Society of Friends, more commonly referred to as Quakers, flourished in this area (Guildford – Worplesdon – Godalming), between the early 17th Century and towards the end of the 18th Century. There was very much of an emphasis of presence at Perry Hill Worplesdon, what is now Fairlands and Wood Street Village. A prominent Quaker was Stephen Smith who resided at Whites Farm, Fairlands and there held Friends Meetings. It was he who was persuaded by George Fox, the credited Founder of The Society of Friends, to donate a nearby farm (now more familiarly known as Fairlands Farm), for a Friends Burial Ground. It is thought that the most probable site of the burial ground is beneath the present A323 dual carriageway somewhere near its junction with Holly Lane, Worplesdon.

The reader is best directed to local history publications: “Worplesdon Old and New” c. 1967, “Wood Street the growth of a Village” 1988 and “Worplesdon 2000” together with “A Pioneer Family” by Gladys Scott Thomson.

Postscript: This list is an updated, corrected version of the original (not a copy), extracted from records at Surrey History Centre, Woking by C. J. Pettitt and transcribed by Ros Clements. The Burial Records indicate that there were a total of 214 burials but only 184 names are listed. The names are listed here in alphabetical order for the convenience of family history researchers.

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British Foreign Bible Society
Here is a letter from October 1844 showing some of the work of the Society.
British Foreign Bible Society - Letter
 
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Places of Worship

Congregational Chapel at Willey Green
.......... Sunday School
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Emmanuel Free Church
St. Mary's Church (RC)
St. Mark's Church, Wyke (C of E)
.......... Henriques Memorial Window
.......... Burials in the Old Churchyard
.......... Incumbents of St. Mark's
Gospel Hall, Pinewood
St. Peter's, Ash and St. Mary's, Worplesdon
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Map of Places of Worship in the Parish
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