The village stretches alongside the main north-south road (A29) which here follows the line of Roman Stane Street. Ockley is in the central, southern part of the county 2 miles north of the boundary with West Sussex. The village is to the south-east of the end of the ridge, of which Leith Hill is a part.

Ockley Village Green, 1925. Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 7586

Ockley Village Green, 1925
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 7586

The most important feature is the long, broad green, which is said to be one of the most impressive in southern England. The surrounding countryside can be seen through the irregular spacing of cottages on the west side, which increases the feeling of spaciousness. There are many interesting old properties such as Elderslie, dating from the 17th century.

Ockley Church and Ockley Court, the remains of a fortified place and probably the site of the original Ockley village, lie a little to the east of the former Roman road and to the north-east of the present village.

Ockley Church, 1890.  Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 5343

Ockley Church, 1890
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 5343

Ockley is an an agricultural parish with a long and continued history of a few substantial land ownerships. These factors have contributed to the lack of pressure for change and development, though the southern end of the village has seen some new housing.

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6 thoughts on “Ockley”

  1. Steve says:

    1820-1840 Was there much call for the trade as a Glover in this area please? Surname Chart

  2. Natasha Wildman says:

    Hi, I am trying to find some information on an Albany Cottage Home, maybe in Ockley, Surrey. It was a orphanage/ Girls school. I found this information on a 1911 census, which was ran by a Mrs Harriet Luxford. Any information would be appreciated as I am trying to trace my Great Grandmother.
    Thanks Natasha

  3. Paige donnelly says:

    Well my grandad this morning at 03:10am has seen a beautiful woman dresses up in Victorian clothing black cloak with white garments on under the cloak but the woman was just standing still starring at The Black Swan on the field and gave my grandad the shivers if u know anything about this sighting / apparition please can you get back to me coz my grandad really wants to find out about but the thing is my grandad has never seen it before he only saw it this morning but it looked like she was wearing Victorian clothing and when my grandad turned around to see if she had moved she was still standing here starring at the black swan but yh again if you know anything about this please can you get back to me because we really want to know some more about this information thank you!!

    1. Paige donnelly says:

      In the ockley village cricket green but she was standing on the curb starring at The Black Swan

      1. SARAH WARREN says:

        Hiya Paige ive just seen your comment. I am planning a trip to Ockley this year to do some research on my Ancestors in the area and also planning some paranormal investigating too, so I will look into your info and let you know if I find anything in my research or investigations.

  4. Sheila says:

    My ancestors the Chapmans and the Roberts and the Bonwick lived in a place known as little brooks in Ockley in the 1800’s. does anyone recognise the names from their. Thank you

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