The settlement’s early history is associated with Chiddingfold and Godalming, only in 1868 did it become a separate parish. Haslemere is in the south-west comer of Surrey, near the border with Hampshire and Sussex, in some of the most picturesque countryside in the south of England. It is in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The church of St. Bartholomew was rebuilt in 1871 and in the north aisle is the memorial window to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the Victorian poet who lived near Haslemere, by Edward Bume-Jones.

Tennyson Memorial Window

Tennyson Memorial Window Image: Richard Purkiss

Click here to see the catalogue of the St Bartholomew, Haslemere, Parish Records (1642-1825) held at the Surrey History Centre.

By the 16th century iron foundries had replaced the earlier glass production in importance, and the nearby names of Hammer and Hammer Bottom recall this. However, iron declined in turn and Haslemere slipped back to village status. The railway was built in 1859 and by the beginning of the 20th century Haslemere was an established fashionable place to live with ready access to London.

The historic centre saw new developments and some gradual rebuilding, and there is a large element of Victorian property in the town which in its scale and materials contributes to the local character. Many buildings of greater antiquity remain and Haslemere is one of Surrey’s best small historic towns.

Haslemere, Shepherds Street, 1899  Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection

Haslemere, Shepherds Street, 1899 Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection

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3 thoughts on “Haslemere”

  1. Jack Andrews says:

    Hi, I am doing historical research on a young boy and his mother. I only know the boy’s name, which is either Bobby Tracy or Bobby Tracey. He and his parents lived in Haslemere, possibly pre 1963 or near there. He died in a car crash with his mother (both died) and he was age 5. I’m sorry that is all the information I have and do you know a possible way to search or find this information? Thank you,

    Jack Terrence Andrews
    Tucson, Arizona, U.S.

    1. Rachael Jones says:

      Hello Jack.
      You could contact Haslemere Library and ask them to look through old newspapers from the time. They will charge you for this and it might be quite expensive. You could request that the photograph anything they find and email it to you.
      If I think of anything else, I will write again.

  2. Abigail says:

    George MacDonald, that great author loved by all, spent his last years in the 1880’s or so, in St John’s Wood, Haslemere and I was wondering whether there is a photo hanging around of his house there?

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