This is one of the chain of settlements on a line of springs below the North Downs. The village has developed as a ribbon of houses alongside the north-south road from Woking to Newlands Corner. West Clandon is 3 miles east of Guildford, about a mile from East Clandon.
Since the opening of Clandon railway station in 1885, the earliest scatter of old buildings has been drawn together by infilling to produce this elongated form. The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul sits at the southern end of the settlement, where The Street has its most definite bend in its otherwise gentle meandering.
Click here to see the catalogue of the SS Peter and Paul, West Clandon Parish Records (1536 -1962) held at the Surrey History Centre.
Development to the west has always been constricted by the historic land ownership of Clandon Park by the Onslow family. The house is now in the hands of the National Trust and open to the public at specified times. It was built in 1713-29 by Giacomo Leoni for the second Baron Onslow. The first mention of plans for the project occurs in 1713 and the house was substantially completed by 1729. The exterior has four unrelated brick facades with sparse stone dressings, but inside is one of the gayest sequences of Palladian rooms in England. The grounds were landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown c.1770. The house is a Grade I listed building.