Churt

This extremely old village is at the western edge of Surrey. Its name appears on a document dated 688 when Cadwaella, the King of Wessex, gave some land in Churt to the religious authorities in order to celebrate his conversion to Christianity. As a result the Bishop of Winchester became Churt’s Lord of the Manor for more than 1,000 years. The village was one of the 13 tithings (sections) of the Bishop’s Great Manor of Farnham.

Several hundred years later there was a rearrangement and Churt became a tithing of Frensham Parish and remained so until 2002 when it became the parish of Churt, with its own website.

Two buildings in Churt are believed to have been started in Saxon times, namely Kitts Farm and Hyde Farm. At one time, farming was the main occupation and geologists point out that all the farms lay on a fertile strip of soil called Bargate Sandstone. The land around this strip is heathland, of poor quality and fit only for gorse, bracken and heather.

Former farmhouses have been converted into comfy homes so that even though they were built in the 1600s they are up-to-date. One old barn, Quinnettes, is now let out for weddings and parties. The Duke of York attended a wedding reception here some years ago.

A famous man associated with Churt is David Lloyd George who was Britain’s Prime Minister during part of the Great War (1914-18). In 1909 he was Chancellor of the Exchequer and introduced the first pension scheme – 5 shillings per week (25 pence in today’s money) for people aged over 70 years. When he retired from Parliament he had a house built in Churt and called it Bron y de because he was from Wales.

Click here to see the catalogue of the St John the Evangelist, Churt, with St Francis Church, Rushmoor: Parish Records, (1868-2001) held at the Surrey History Centre.

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8 thoughts on “Churt”

  1. Clive davies says:

    There is now a new village website for Churt. Please visit http://www.Churt.org for the latest information on the village.

  2. sikander ajam says:

    I would like to have some information about the Lennard family namely William Lennard, who owned Gorse cottage, in 1932/33, also where could I find the ownership and family records of that time, also where would the parish records be kept?
    will it be Churt?, ie need the location address?

    I need this informantion for a book that I am writing.?
    Thanks
    Sikande

  3. Jenny Jackson says:

    Please look at the second line in your opening “It’s name….” It’s means “it is”, it should be without the apostrophe as the apostrophe replaces a letter therefore. “its”

    1. ESP Admin says:

      Dear Jenny

      Many thanks for letting us know about the error on this page. I’ve corrected the text.

  4. Lesley Bradley says:

    I wonder if you have any information about barrow/berrow house.
    My aunt was a house maid there in the 1930’s, do you have any information, about the family? I believe a duke and duchess may have lived there and also in London,

  5. Marie O'sullivan says:

    I was born at the Assisi Home for unmarried Mothers. I have found an address on one of my documents for what looks like Thornborough, Churt Surrey. There is no name or house number. Is there any way of scaling this down and finding out who lived at this address in the 1960’s. Are there any lists of addresses and residents?
    Any information gratefully recieved.

    1. Karen Dann says:

      I was born in the same home. In 1967. The nuns ran it. St. Joseph’s was the hospital on the premises I believe. I was adopted. Very curious about this place too.

      1. ESP Admin says:

        The Assisi Home in Churt was actually sited in Hammer Lane in Grayshot – technically in Hampshire but right on the border with Surrey. It was a Roman Catholic mother and baby home run by the Franciscan Sisters of Divine Motherhood (https://fmdminternational.co.uk/). The home has possibly been demolished and is now the site of sheltered housing.

        There are various online references stating that baptism records survive for this home but they may be held either by the local parish church, probably in Hindhead (https://www.catholichaslemere.com/) or still held by the Sisters who administered the home.

        You may find it helpful to contact the Catholic Children’s Society, who might be able to advise further on this (www.catholicchildrenssociety.org.uk).

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