This village may have grown in association with the ancient Newark Priory about a mile to the north. The parish church of St. Mary has a Norman chancel dating from about 1160 and includes an elaborate and most unusual stringcourse below the windows carved in Caen stone. Ripley lies between Kingston and Guildford some 6 miles from the latter astride the main road (A3).

The village developed with the through trade of the London-Portsmouth route, and numerous inns were established here from at least the 16th century. Improvements to the road resulted from a Turnpike Act of 1784 and the village grew with the increased activity this produced. The Anchor Hotel was a great destination for early cyclists.

An interesting feature and important amenity is Ripley Green, which was left open, when other local commons were enclosed, for the pleasure of the village and for certain local householders to feed their livestock. It is now owned by the County Council.

Ripley’s layout has an interesting elongated form running with the line of the main road and broken on the north side by small parts of Ripley Green. Rose Lane and Newark Lane provide a local crossroads and there are numerous buildings of architectural or historic interest. The opening of the A3 by-pass provided much-needed relief to what is one of Surrey’s larger and more interesting village centres.

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14 thoughts on “Ripley”

  1. Jane Stevens says:

    Can you tell me if there was once a model village in Ripley? Also, is the old school still there? I lived at Hatchford End during the 1940’s and went to Ripley school from 1948 and seem to remember that because there were more children than could be coped with at the school, some were taught in the village hall. Is my memory playing tricks on me ? Thank,you.

    1. The model village at Ripley was called ‘Liliput’ and it seems to have existed in the 1930-1950s in the garden of a house at the western end of Ripley village, on the Portsmouth Road. The house still exists.

      It had a miniature electric railway running round it with a marvellous ‘Art Deco’ style station.

      There were several illustrated advertisements in local papers e.g. ‘Garden Exhibition of models…’ in the ‘Guildford Outlook’ June 1939 ps1135, 1161 and 1221. there is also an article in the ‘Surrey Advertiser’ 26 November 1999 p12.

      Both these resources are available here at the Surrey History Centre at Woking. Please go to the website ( where you will find details of our opening times and access conditions. We will be delighted to be able to help you when you visit.

  2. marian howard says:

    i was wondering if any one can help my husband and his brother were put into a care home he says Sandhurst or Sendhurst grange Ripley? as their mum had tuberculosis it would be about 1953 their mum stayed in a sanatorium for about two years possibley Milford Haven he was only a little boy so memory very hazy hope someone can help as hubby is very ill and it is something he talks about many thanks marian

    1. Richard Carter says:

      Hi Marian
      Sorry I addressed you as Jane i looked up the previous e-mail by mistake,Only I stayed at the home as my father could only look after
      my brother and sister. My mother also convalesced for a time after her operation.The Sendhurst Grange is the correct name you mentioned in your e-mail.
      Please feel free should you wish to contact me.
      Richard Carter

      1. marian howard says:

        hello richard thank you so much for your help about sendhurst grange unfortunatly my darling husband has passed away with the horrible C word i am hoping one of my children will perhaps take me there sometime neil did take me and show me the house he used to live in Malmstone avenue he did talk alot about when he was in the home he used to like to help the gardener he said he thought he went down some steps and went and sat on the grass when his dad visited and had sandwiches i am just remembering things he said i wish he had been able to go back there but it wasnt to be thankyou richard all the best marian

    2. John Gray says:

      Hi Marian,
      Indeed I was there at around the same time because my mum was ill and my Dad obviously had to go to work to pay the bills. From what I remember of the place, it was approached by a sweep drive and in the foyer was one or two rocking horses one of which I fell off of and broke my left ankle. Was put in a dark room once alone for being naughty and being quite frightened, just laid down and went to sleep. No fond memories of that place and being only 3 at the time, rather overwhelming. I am pretty sure it was called Sandhurst Grange.

  3. Richard Carter says:

    Hi Jane
    I also have been trying to find the home where I stayed from 1950 to 1954.
    My mother had TB when I was born and couldn’t look after me,my brother and sister
    so that’s why I ended up at the home.Through my local enquiries I visited Cunningham
    House,Woodhill,Send,Surrey,GU23 7JW ,I immediately recognized the garden with the
    large fur tree that I used to sit under in the hot summers.Today I visited the Surrey Heritage Centre in Woking they confirmed that this is the address of the Sendhurst
    Childrens Home that I would of stayed in.I hope your husband can visit ,as I’m sure
    it will bring back fond memories.


    Richard Carter

    1. Michael Edward White says:

      I spent 2 weeks at Sendhurst Grange when I was about 9.Pleasant enough and I suppose it gave my parents a break. My sister was born when I was 9 and this may have had a bearing on it. It was not far from our home near Dorking and my parents visited at the weekend. Who owned it,and was it connected to the Church or a charity? Why did it close?

  4. marian howard says:

    does anyone remember neil howard merle howard or kevin howard and jackie howard they all lived at 11 malmstone avenue with their dad len a railway worker and their mum pat all but jackie have unfortunatly have passed away neil merle and kevin went albury manor school so just wondered if anyone remember any of them jackie went to a school for the blind kevin and merle stayed in surrey neil moved to little ol norfolk and thas where he met and married me as he called me his little ol norfolk gel,so all i am trying to track some mates down to see what sort of life they had kindest regards marian howard

  5. Jackie Montague says:

    Mrs Avery used to live in Ripley would anybody happen to have her new address? If so please could you email [email protected].
    Kind regards
    Jackie Montague
    (Grand Daughter of Denis Avery)

  6. Barbara says:

    Hi does anyone know the history of the green cottage around 1891 to 1911 on white horse lane or high street in Ripley?

  7. sally martin says:

    my father used to live in one of the cottages belonging to sendhurst grange. we would love to know if any of his family still remain or anyone that knew him. His name was Thomas Marian Martin born 1920

  8. Mary Kemp says:

    Hi, I wonder if anyone can give me any history of Ryde House School. I believe it was a private boarding school taking students Possibly from France. I believe it was run by a family who were friends of my parents, but whose name I can’t remember. I I think the school went bankrupt in the 1930s.
    Any information would be appreciated.

  9. Sue Jacobs says:

    I have just received a Birth Certificate for my Gt Gt Uncle who was born at Oak Ryde Ripley in 1878.( Mark John Medhurst)
    Would anybody know where this is? I have searched but can’t find anything.
    Many Thanks

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