At the Domesday Survey of 1086 both Westcott and Milton were manors separate from Dorking, although later they were boroughs of the town. The ecclesiastical parish was only formed in 1852.

Westcott lies about 1 miles west of Dorking, with the main Guildford Road meandering through the centre. A minor route joins it from the north and there is a small triangular green. The place was never more than a small roadside village associated with local agriculture and the passing trade of the main road. The Victorian period saw the growth of the village and since then there has been considerable expansion out from the small, historic centre to give a larger but compact modern residential area. The part alongside the main road and around the green retains many buildings of interest. Holy Trinity church was built by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1852. Churchgate House dates from the 16th century.

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  1. Martin Smith says:

    I’m trying to find any information related to ‘Albany House’ Westcott. I think it may have been an orphanage?
    It was where my grandmother was as a small child around early 1900.

  2. ESP Admin says:

    There is a section in Sarah Tullett’s The History of Westcott and Milton (Westcott Local History Group, 2000) which gives the following details about the Albany Home,

    Westcott had an orphanage, known as the Albany Home for Girls, which was situated at the south end of Parsonage Lane, in the house known as Westcott Lodge. The home was opened in 1895 and there is evidence that it was still running in 1921, although there is no known closure date. The home’s Secretary was Lady Florence Blunt, one of the Queen’s ladies-in-waiting, and the daughter of the Dowager Marchioness of Hertford who lived in Brooklands House… A strict regime was enforced at the home, with the orphans having to wear black dresses with white collars and tightly pulled back hair held by bone combs. They had to walk to Westcott school by the back path, not the main road and were forbidden to wear gloves in winter. Many older villagers remember the terrible chilblains on the orphans’ hands….. There were similar Albany Girls Homes in Dorking and Coldharbour [both nearby] – the Duchess of Albany was Patron of all three homes.

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