Day Aspect and Character
Typical Albury Chimneys
ituated in the gentle rolling scenery of the
the character of present day Albury is that of a very
picturesque informal estate village of the 1850s constructed in
the fanciful new-Gothic style. The great chimneys in the village seem almost out of proportion and
Albury is famous for them. The main village street runs in
parallel with the Tillingbourne river, the haunt of fishermen, which
gives the village a lush marshy northern border. St Peter and St Paul
church is one of the few really attractive churches in Surrey
thought to be of Saxon origins. It
is situated away from the narrow through street up Church Lane which
thins into a bridlepath onto some of the most glorious riding
country in the area. A piece of trivia for you is that the rector
here from 1610 to 1660, William Oughtred, invented the
multiplication sign X!
The house in Albury Park, which was originally Tudor and half timbered, was
almost rebuilt by members of the famous Evelyn family first for the Duke
of Norfolk in the 17th century. It is extraordinary in its collection of chimneys, all sixty-three
of them. The mansion has now been converted into flats and the
estate gardens are open to visitors. Pretty cottages are scattered throughout the village
which migrated down the Tillingbourne valley from the great house.
The Albury Park estate still exists and has an entrance off the main
street that snakes and twists next to the
Tillingbourne River. Bordering The Street are properties of
including houses, a few shops and the local pub.
Pubs and Temporary Accommodation
The Drummond Arms Inn, The Street The previous pub on the same
site was called the Running Horse and The Drummond Arms Inn forms
part of the Albury Estate that is owned by the Duke of
Northumberland. The pleasant gardens are split by the River
Tillingbourne in this pretty spot. Close to the local beauty
spot Newlands Corner with magnificent views there are 7 letting rooms
available. Tel: 01483 202039
Albury's village street
The village of Albury drifted away from its
site near the now disused Catholic Apostolic Church in the early
19th century to a hamlet ½ mile
to the west then called
Weston Street. The church
is still easily seen on the northern approach to the village
standing alone in a field where Shetland ponies graze! The church was built in 1840 at a cost of
£16,000 for Edward Irving, who came south from Scotland. He started
the Irvingite Sect which so captivated Henry Drummond, banker and
politician, who owned Albury Park and was finally responsible for
the old village moving from the park and being established on its
Augustus Pugin was the creator of Albury's chimneys
and he meant them to be eye-catching. He built
them in the middle of the 19th century at the same time that he was
engaged in the rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament after the
major fire there is 1834.
towards Newlands Corner
On the road out of Albury towards Chilworth is a right turning onto Guildford
Lane which is a back road leading towards Guildford. This
lane is one of Surrey's most picturesque taking the traveller across
some marvellous countryside on the eastern outskirts of the county
town. It is a precious spot and not to be attempted in a
hurry. Some car parks along this road are the closest
place to leave a car for a walk up to St Martha's
church. A spot not to be missed.
On Farley Heath to the south is the
overgrown site of a rare 1st century Romano-Celtic temple.
The King William IV pub is in the tranquil hamlet of Little London, Albury Heath a very old country pub that
dates back to the 16th century in glorious Surrey countryside.
01483 202865. To the north of the village between the
Downs and the main road is the
Silent Pool, a deep
clear pond overhung by trees, made famous by Martin Tupper's romance
Stephan Langton (see Friday Street, Mole Valley District).
Newlands Corner on the crest of the Downs to
the northwest has one of the finest views in England with the South
Downs as a backdrop seen beyond the Greensand hills of St Marthas, Hascombe,
Hindhead and Blackdown.