Bramley

The village lies at the west side of the valley of Cranleigh Water, a tributary of the River Wey, 3 miles south of Guildford. The valley has been successively used by road, canal and railway routes, of which only the main road (A281) now remains. The location of the village is enhanced by Hurst Hill to the south and Chinthurst Hill to the north-east.

The village seems to have been little more than a small settlement in an agricultural area. A tributary stream to Cranleigh Water to the west supported two mills within a half mile of the centre. Bramley Mill was converted into a residence in the 1930s and Snowdenham Mill was working until the late 1940s.

Watercolour of Bramley manor court house by John Hassell, 1822 Surrey History Centre ref. 4348/3/34/1

Watercolour of Bramley manor court house by John Hassell, 1822
Surrey History Centre ref. 4348/3/34/1

In 1816 the Wey and Arun Junction Canal was opened to the east of Bramley, but despite being the only inland waterway between London and the South Coast it never achieved any great prosperity.

Bramley Church, 1919 Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 7238 SHC ref 7828/2/21/4

Bramley Church, 1919
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 7238 SHC ref 7828/2/21/4

The opening of the Guildford to Horsham railway in 1865 was of more significance locally, and since then the village has slowly expanded to east and south, with some redevelopment within the historic centre. The High Street has several interesting buildings of antiquity.

Bramley Old Cottages, 1911 Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 4897 SHC ref 7828/2/21/2

Bramley Old Cottages, 1911
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 4897 SHC ref 7828/2/21/2

Click here to see the catalogue of the Holy Trinity, Bramley, Parish Records (1563-1984) held at the Surrey History Centre.

Click here to see the catalogue of the Bramley Civil Parish Records (1688-1958) held at the Surrey History Centre.

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6 thoughts on “Bramley”

  1. Vic Baird says:

    I live in Bramley Old Cottage No 4897, Millmeadow Cottage, Mill Lane, and I wonder whether you have more information on it. Our cottage I believe was built 16th century and the 2 cottages behind us were built around 1860.

    1. Caroline.Chase says:

      I wonder if you found out about your cottage please and past occupants? I found a photo taken by my Aunt in her album marked Mill Cottage Bramley 1924 and there were people in the garden. I don’t think we had relatives there but might make sense if I knew the surname of the occupant in that year. It said the cottage was nearly 300 years old. 20.11.2019

  2. Martyn C Webb says:

    Hello, I am trying to find some information on the Senga Grange, Estate, circa 1937-8 As my wife’s Great Aunts Agnes & Emma Dawson Durrans were there during that time. According to the electoral roll for those two years. Also what does Rw & Ow against their names mean.

    Regards
    Martyn & Sally Webb

    1. Tom says:

      Martyn,

      The Rw and Ow are abbreviations or a person/premises title in historic electoral roll and poll books.

      Rw = Residential Qualification (woman)
      Ow = Occupational Qualification (woman)

      Other abbreviations used are as follows:

      Abbreviation Meaning
      † Not entitled to vote in local (later, metropolitan borough, urban district, or parish) elections
      †† Not entitled to vote in rural district elections
      date given Entitled to vote from that date
      a Absent voter (serving in the armed forces)
      BP (Bw) Business premises qualification (women)
      D (Dw) Spouse’s occupation qualification
      E Not entitled to vote in local or parliamentary elections
      F Not entitled to vote in local elections
      G Citizen of Europe, entitled to vote in local elections only
      HO Husband’s occupational qualification
      J Eligible for jury service
      JS Special juror (as defined by the Jurors’ Act 1870 i.e. esquire or above, bankers, merchants, and anyone owning property of more than a certain value)
      K Citizen of Europe, entitled to vote in local and European elections only
      L Not entitled to vote in parliamentary elections
      M Merchant seamen
      N To be included in the next register as a voter
      NM Naval or military voter
      O (Ow) Occupational qualification (women)
      R (Rw) Residential qualification (women)
      S Service (military) voter
      U Citizen of Europe, entitled to vote in European elections only
      X Not entitled to vote in Parliamentary elections
      Y Entitled to vote in the following year

  3. Leessa says:

    Hi,
    I am trying to locate a property called ‘ Spring Field Place ‘ for my family tree.

    The information I have was in 1867 . I’m looking for the name of Catherine Gubbins .

    Long shot I know !!

    Kind regards,

    Leessa

  4. Bronwen Summers says:

    Looking for the Risbridgers, some of whom were born in Bramley.

    Edward, Elizabeth and Charlotte in the 1790s.

    Any information gratefully accepted.

    Nga mihi
    Bronwen
    Aotearoa

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