The village centre has a complex local road pattern with hedges, fences and particularly high, brick walls which usually constrict the lanes, add to the local character and give a sense of enclosure and intimacy.

Thorpe is 2 miles north-west of Chertsey and traces of a causeway exist leading from the parish church of St. Mary to the site of Chertsey Abbey. The church contains much Norman and Early English work and some 16th century brasses indicate local connections with City merchants and Crown servants who lived in the area.

The surrounding area has been heavily worked by gravel extraction but this has not intruded upon the village centre. Motorway construction to the west facilitated the provision of a local by-pass to take away all but the most local traffic from the narrow village streets.

Click here to see the catalogue of the Thorpe Parish Records (1813-1835) held at the Surrey History Centre.

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5 thoughts on “Thorpe”

  1. Eric F. West says:

    Where do the Ten Acres of land bequeathed to the residents of Thorpe for common use several hundred years ago actually lay, I realise they must be by or near Ten Acre lane, However there seems to be no common land in this vicinity.

    1. Susan Kidson says:

      Could this perhaps be the large field at the junction of the now Thorpe Bypass and the road leading to the industirial estate??

  2. Graham musk says:

    I seem to remember a Sunday market behind Ayebridges ave in the 70s. Am I imagining this?

    1. Susan Kidson says:

      No, there was definitely one there for a time. The land was used for various purposes, including grazing, before the Crest Homes were built sometime after 1980

  3. E F West says:

    The information about the 10 acre bequest has since been removed from available information from local and county websites.
    I would suspect that the land has been utilised for other purposes which would render them illegal under law
    We have a Ten Acre Lane and at one end there is a sheep pen that was used to hold stray sheep in the day, which in my view indicates that there must be 10 acres of common land on which to graze sheep.

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