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

Bramley Church, 1919
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 7238

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

Bramley Old Cottages, 1911
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 4897

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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2 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.

  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

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