Abinger

Situated in the Tillingbourne Valley below Hackhurst Downs where the valley bottom has begun to broaden, Abinger Hammer sits astride the main road (A25) about 6 miles west of Dorking.

Abinger Mill, 17th century
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 5393 SHC ref 7828/2/1/39

There was an iron forge here and the iron mill was the second oldest in Surrey in records of 1557 and was the last Surrey forge to be rated as ‘iron works’ down to 1797. Some masonry from the sluice gates remains. The associated pond was fairly large and although now reduced in area, has for many years been part of the local watercress beds.

Abinger Church – the walls date from the 13th century
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 5392 SHC ref 7828/2/1/38

The church was badly damaged by a flying bomb in 1944. The village has never been of any size and is perhaps best known for the Clock House of 1891. The clock placed in the turret was erected at the expense of the local inhabitants with a major proportion of the cost borne by Sir Thomas Farrer, who had been Permanent Secretary at the Board of Trade from 1865 to 1886. He was later created Baron Farrer of Abinger and his principal residence was Abinger Hall. Archives of the Farrer family are held at Surrey History Centre.

Click here to see the catalogue of the St James, Abinger, Parish Records (1559-1979) held at the Surrey History Centre.

Click here to see the catalogue of the Abinger Civil Parish Records (1701-c1940) held at the Surrey History Centre.

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4 thoughts on “Abinger”

  1. Christine Emmings says:

    Does anyone know or knew of my Grandparents Arthur and Mabel Bridger who lived at Abinger Bottom. They were Betty Britton’ parents?

    1. Alison Smith says:

      My family lived in Abinger Bottom in the 70s and 80s. We knew him as old “Bridger” during that time who used to keep the roads and ditches clear. He always had a dog with him. Would this be the same person? He knew Ivy, our cleaning lady who also lived in the hamlet.

    2. Michael Henley says:

      My grandfather used to live in Abinger Bottom in the 60’s and 70’s….. can’t remember the name of the cottage. He was called Ralph Weir. The cottage was semi detached and was on the right as you came into the village. He was a gardener and chauffeur for the Halls. I think they own the cottage and a lot of land in the area

  2. Helen Walasek says:

    I am trying to find information on Mrs Elenor Annie Morgan who lived in Abinger / Abinger Hammer in the 1920s-1940. Yes, that is how her first name was spelled – so she is sometime recorded as Eleanor, or Elinor. She also seemed to sometimes use her maiden name as well: Elenor Annie Laughton Morgan. She was married to Robert Cyril Morgan whom she divorced for adultery in 1928. He/they ran Abinger Garages. Mrs Morgan remained in Abinger. She was a friend of E M Forster (according to him). She lived at Cress Cottage. She is recorded as living at Abinger Garages in the 1939 Register along with Daisy Wood and 4 other people, so perhaps that business was maintained. Mrs Morgan died on 18 December 1940. She appears to have run the Abinger tea shop called ‘Grim’s Kitchen’ with a ‘Miss Wood’ (I assume this is Daisy Wood). She was a member of the English Folk Dance Society (later the English Folk Dance and Song Society). The name of the Abinger tea shop appears to have been changed to ‘Grim’s Kitchen’ c 1927 after a visit and play performance of the Kibbo Kift Kindred which had links to the village through Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence.

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