A church has existed here since 1030, the original building being largely Saxon, and in 1927 two small windows of this period complete with timber frames were uncovered. A large 15th century timber cage of posts, ties and braces within the main structure of the church supports the bell housing and turret. The Sailor’s Stone in the churchyard commemorates a man murdered in 1786 by three villains who were subsequently hanged, on the nearby Gibbet Hill, in chains made at Thursley forge. You can read more about the crime here.

Thursley lies 2-3 miles north of Hindhead to the west of the main road (A3). The village is in two parts with the older southern section around the church, and a later, mostly Victorian, portion to the north around a small triangular green. At the south-west side of the green stands the large house where Sir Edwin Lutyens, architect, spent his early youth, and from where he rode out by bicycle to explore the old cottages and farmhouses of West Surrey.

 Watercolour of Thursley church by John Hassell, 1824  Surrey History Centre ref. 4348/3/53/3

Watercolour of Thursley church by John Hassell, 1824
Surrey History Centre ref. 4348/3/53/3

Click here to see the catalogue of the St Michael and All Angels, Thursley, Parish Records (1633-1825) held at the Surrey History Centre.

Back Lane is a secluded cul-de-sac with several listed buildings, and in this northern part are many other properties that are complementary to the village scene. However, it is in the older, southern portion in particular that the church and other buildings of interest, with their walls and well-kept gardens and roadside verges, all combine to make this one of the most attractive villages in Surrey.

6 thoughts on “Thursley”

  1. John Gunner says:

    For further information on Thursley visit the History of Thursley Society’s website at

  2. Steve Forey says:

    I have traced my family back to a marriage between Phillippe Forey and Joan Denier in Thursley in 1615. Circumstantial evidence suggests they were Huguenots who fled France some time after the St Bartholomews Day Massacre in 1572. Likely to have landed in Portsmouth and along with others settled in Thursley where the Forey name was still around until 1917. I notice that there is a French Lane in Thursley where perhaps they lived. If anyone has information on the origins of French Lane it would be appreciated.

  3. Glenice Gare says:

    I have traced my family back to Thursley. The first Remnant listed in Thursley was Matthew Remnant who married Rebecca. I don’t know what her maiden name was or where Matthew may have lived in a neighbouring village perhaps. They had their first child 1625 and their 6th child 1636.
    I would welcome any help, sincerely

  4. C matthews says:

    Could you please if poss tell me the location of the red lion public house in the 1600 or where it would be today thank you

    1. john baker says:

      have you found it yet ?

  5. Richard Johnson says:

    I am related of Richard Court the Blacksmith, I am looking for any relatives from the court family.

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