St Barnabas, Ranmore. Photograph: Kathy Atherton

St Barnabas, Ranmore
Photograph: Kathy Atherton

The church of St Barnabas was erected in 1859 in Gothic revival style. 700ft up on Ranmore, it was the estate church for Denbies, the estate owned by the Cubitt family who employed several hundred people. The architect also designed the school and rectory. The church has a spire of 150ft which was nicknamed Cubitts Finger by the novelist, George Meredith.

The second Lord Ashcombe (grandson of Thomas Cubitt) lost his three eldest sons in the First World War. Their lives are commemorated in a beautiful chapel decorated with murals by E. Reginald Frampton.

3 Responses to Dorking: St Barnabas, Ranmore

  1. Nick Winser says:

    Visited the church ytdy in hope of finding my 2nd great grandparents who came from Grt Bookham Grove Manor in Grt Bookham in late 1800s. Lewis & Victoria Dawnay are believed to be buried there, but despite searching nearly every gravestone we didn’t succeed. However there were two areas on opposite far ends of churchyard that were overgrown over the graves and thus inaccessible. Would a church warden perhaps known exactly where they are for future attempts to visit? Thank you 🙂

  2. Peter Thornton says:

    Looking for some old photos of a friend that would have been in the choir during the early 1970s for a party I’m attending in June. Robert Jochimsen.

  3. Peter Doyle says:

    Was there any links to Romans on this land

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