This village is in the extreme north-western part of Surrey, on the heathlands, close to the Surrey-Berkshire border. It lies along the A30 and is focused on the junction of the London and Guildford Roads where they cross the Windle Brook, a tributary of the River Wey. Bagshot is located 10 miles north-west of Guildford, 10 miles south-west of Chertsey and 5 miles north-west of Chobham.

The main part of the village (the northern part) lies on the sand of the Bracklesham Beds; the southern part lies on the Barton Beds. The soils here are known for their acidity, lack of fertility and tendency to dessication. However, the valleys of the Bourne and Windle Brook are comparatively fertile. Bagshot is separated from neighbouring villages by heathland, and much of the surrounding land is owned by the Ministry of Defence and the Crown Estate.

Many nurseries for plant raising were established in the area. These include the business started by Michael Waterer in 1829.

Click here to see the catalogue of the St Anne’s, Bagshot, Parish Records (1837-1958) held at the Surrey History Centre.

In 1820 John Hassell painted a watercolour entitled ‘HRH the Duke of Gloucester’s seat at Bagshot’.

Did You Know?

15th/16th century wall paintings dating to after the Dissolution of the monasteries were found during renovation works in a building on the High Street, Bagshot which was once an inn.

Bagshot Heath was notorious for highwaymen during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Carriage depicted on a print, Englefield Green, 1775. Surrey History Centre ref. PX 56/16/1/2

Carriage depicted on a print, Englefield Green, 1775.
Surrey History Centre ref. PX/56/16/1/2

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4 thoughts on “Bagshot”

  1. Gemma says:


    I work at The Cricketers Beefeater in Bagshot. We will be undergoing a refurbishment during the second week in August, after which time our framed prints of Bagshot village will no longer be needed. We will be selling these pictures to raise money for Great Ormond Street in a sort of silent-auction fashion. I just wanted to make more people aware in a bid to raise more money for such a worthy cause, and the pictures are lovely.
    Should you be interested in more information, I would be happy to provide photos of the pictures.

    Many thanks and Kind Regards,
    Gemma Rupniak
    Assistant Manager
    The Cricketers Beefeater, 1 London Road, Bagshot. GU19 5HR

  2. Ilse Carlen says:

    Dear Sir / Madame
    I collecting data for the biography of Percy Vincent Donovan, an English author who lived in our remote mountain village of Reckingen in Switzerland. His mother was Maria Vicenta de Pereda, Countess de Rivas died in 1934), his stepfather Charles Frederick Becher (died in 1940). The couple lived in Bagshot for more than 20 years and are also buried on your cemetery. I have photographs of all members of the family with the exception of the stepfather. They both were active members for the Gospel Mission, the Countess being the president, her husband being one of the trustees.
    I am looking for a photograph of Mr Charles Frederick Becher

    Thanks for your help in advance
    Ilse Carlen, Bahnhofstrasse 4 3998 Reckingen Switzerland

    1. June Green says:

      Dear Ms Carlen
      I would be very grateful if you could send me photographs of the Countess de Rivas and her son Percy, as I have written a booklet about some of the people buried in our cemetery in Bagshot. I have not been able to trace any photograph of Mr Beecher. I have a photograph of the opening of the Gospel Mission which may include the countess and her daughter Mary which I can send you if you would like it. She also had a son, Richard who died at Charing Cross Hospital on October 19, 1940. He is described in the WWII civilian death list as the son of the late Countess de Rivas of Hope Cottage, Bagshot.

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