Woldingham

This Surrey village is located 700 feet above sea level just within the M25, southeast of London. Situated high on the North Downs between Oxted and Warlingham, it is a village of 2,326 inhabitants (according to the Office for National statistics 2001 census).

The village lay within the Anglo-Saxon administrative division of Tandridge hundred.

Woldingham appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Wallingeham. It was held by John from Richard Fitz Gilbert. Its domesday assets were: 1 hide. It had 4 ploughs. It rendered 1.

St Agatha's Church, 1827 Caterham and District Local History Centre no. 1877

St Agatha’s Church, 1827
Caterham and District Local History Centre no. 1877

It is home to one of the smallest churches in the country – St. Agatha’s (it only seats 40 but it served as Parish Church of Woldingham until 1934 and is still in regular use). It was first mentioned in 1270, and it is the county’s smallest church with dimensions of 30 ft 3 in by 20 ft 2 in (9.2 by 6.1 m), and at 797 ft (243 m) above sea level is the third highest old parish church in Surrey. The Croydon and East Grinstead line was opened in 1884 and a long tunnel was built to take it under the village. There is a small parade of shops (known as The Crescent) in the centre of the village next to St Paul’s Church, which was constructed in 1933 and there is an impressive view over Oxted and The Weald from the edge of the chalk pits. There is a train station, tennis courts as well as two golf clubs (Woldingham and North Downs).

From the nearby areas of high ground impressive views can be enjoyed – and from some places one can see as far as the Chilterns. The Marden Estate once owned much of the area and Marden Park (now Woldingham School) still stands in extensive grounds in the valley alongside the railway line.

The Garden Village is a former Army Camp. The bungalow called “Funny Neuk” was home to the Czechoslovak military intelligence radio station from 1940 to 1942, and was used for the communications for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich. In 1942 the radio station later moved to Hockliffe, near Dunstable in Bedfordshire.

5 thoughts on “Woldingham”

  1. Dr ILONA JESNICK says:

    Can anyone tell me about Woldingham Dene House, now the Dene Coffee Shop and Restaurant of Knights Garden Centre? The house does not appear on maps until after 1900 and I have a record of someone giving their address as Woldingham Dene on a 1905 marriage certificate. I’d like to know who built the house and if it was more than a private house.

    1. Anne Lovitt says:

      My mom lived in the cottage as her dad was the gardener caretaker at the Dene. He began working at the Dene around 1920-21 and told mom in later years it was built roughly around 1870. When he worked there, Mr Ward was the owner and he was a president of the English, Scottish, and Australian ban in London. There were two cottages on the property and one was where my mom lived until left in 1945 after the war, when she reunited with her husband in Canada. She also worked in the main house and has visited since it became a tea room.
      They moved to Beechcroft around 1950.

      1. Joan Coulson says:

        Very interesting. My Grandmother was a servant for Mr & Mrs Ward. She met & married my Grandfather while they were both working there. Eventually they came to Canada.

  2. Asma Khan says:

    Can anyone tell me what the words at the front of St Paul’s church on the tower mean?

  3. Peter Embling says:

    Hello. I wonder whether anyone can help me please. I am trying to trace a Foxbury House in or near Woldingham. My grandparents were, apparently, in service there: she the cook and he groom. Their address according to the Surrey Electoral Registers was 2 Foxbury Cottages, Nethern Court Road, Woldingham and I believe they were there from 1929 to 1934. Any help greatly appreciated please. Names: Henry (Harry) Embling and Gertude Alice Embling.

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