The village lies on the eastern side of the river Mole valley near the foot of Box Hill along a north-south route, which once formed the main London Road between Leatherhead and Dorking. The by-pass (A24), constructed in the early 1930s, has saved the village from the modern volume of traffic, and the historic centre remains essentially as one narrow, winding street with a sweep of Victorian and later development around the curve of the main road to the north-east.

Mickleham Church, before restoration, 1890. Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 2890

Mickleham Church, before restoration, 1890
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 2890

Mickleham Church, after restoration, 1903. Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 412

Mickleham Church, after restoration, 1903
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 412

Mickleham Church, 2007. Image: Matt Creasey

Mickleham Church, 2007
Image: Matt Creasey

During the French Revolution the area was noted for many distinguished French exiles. Juniper Hall was taken by a number of them and it became a principal meeting place. One of the group, General d’Arblay, married the authoress Fanny Burney in 1793. She was a friend of Mr. and Mrs. Locke of Norbury Park, and her sister Susanna, Mrs. Phillips, lived at what is now Mickleham Cottage. Fanny Burney went from here to Mickleham Church for her quiet and private wedding.

Camilla Lacey, Mickleham, home of Fanny Burney, anonymous early 19th century watercolour. Surrey History Centre ref. 4348/3/6/7

Camilla Lacey, Mickleham, home of Fanny Burney, anonymous early 19th century watercolour
Surrey History Centre ref. 4348/3/6/7

The old London Road remains a major through route for many walkers who are attracted to the area, but the village retains its quiet character and simplicity. The church of St. Michael forms a focal point at the historic core of the village, while the Victorian area to the north-east is well seen, hugging the steep hillside, when travelling north on the main road.

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5 Responses to Mickleham

  1. David Knapman says:

    ‘Fredley Farm’, Mickleham, was the country retreat of Richard ‘Conversation’ Sharp (1759-1835) and ‘Fredley’, a Victorian mansion built in the grounds, was later the home of his adoptive daughter, Maria Drummond (nee Kinnaird), who is buried in the churchyard. (see Wikipedia for details of these two most interesting characters).

  2. judith kinloch says:

    Mickleham Cottage was not the cottage owned by Captain Phillips and his wife (Fanny Burney’s sister.) The house they lived in was on the south side of the London Road, opposite the still existing Mickleham Cottage on the corner of Old London Road and the A24. It was variously called: Belledawe, Carriden House and Woodbury until it was destroyed in the 1920’s.

  3. Lisa Renery says:

    Does anyone have any information on the FIAT factory that employed Italian immigrants (e.g. my grandfather) to work as mechanics? The 1910 census reads the boarding house address that he lived at as Hillside, Byfleet Road, Weybridge (Byfleet parish) but I can’t find any information on the FIAT corporate history site. Thank you so much for any help you can give!

  4. Phil Townsend says:

    Having read ‘Juniper Hall’ by Constnace Hill published in 1903 about the lives of the Burney and D’Arblay family it confirms that Mickleham Cottage was indeed the house owned by Captain Phillips and his wife. There is a very accurate description of its location together with an etching showing the door onto the inner garden. When I used to deliver newspapers there in the early seventies it was owned by Sir Raymond Jennings QC and Lady Jennings.

    • Phil Townsend says:

      Having just read Ronald Sheppard’s book on the village of Mickleham, I have to confess I was wrong and Judith Kinloch is absolutely correct; it was opposite Mickleham Cottage and the Old House in the grounds of what is now Boxhill School…. apologies!

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