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West Horsley

West Horsley

The King William IV is one of two pubs of the village

Daws Dene refers to part of the Sheepleas and adjoining public woodlands of the North Downs
West Horsley
Area  10.83 km2 (4.18 sq mi)
Population 2,828 (Civil Parish)[1]
   – density  261/km2 (680/sq mi)
OS grid reference
Civil parish West Horsley
District Guildford
Shire county Surrey
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district KT24
Dialling code 01483
Police Surrey
Fire Surrey
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Mole Valley
List of places

West Horsley is a semi-rural village between Guildford and Leatherhead in Surrey, England. It lies on the A246, and south of the M25 and the A3. The Sheepleas Woods are on the northern downslopes of the ridge of hills known as the North Downs in the extreme south of the village, and stretch to 103 hectares (255 acres) (1.03km²).


West Horsley appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Orselei held by Walter, son of Othere. Its Domesday assets were: 8 hides; 1 church, 8 ploughs, woodland worth 20 hogs. It rendered £6 each year to its lords of the manor.[2]

Beatrix Potter, bestselling author of children's books, used to stay at a cottage in the village, Tyrrellswood with her uncle and aunt, and did many of her paintings of animals and wrote some of her books there. Helen Allingham painted a country thatched cottage images of England in the village in the same period.[3]

Bill Pertwee, actor in Dad's Army lived in the town during the time of his role. He is locally famed for appearing in the local pub and the youngest present singing the theme tune Who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler? as he entered.

One of the victims of the John Duffy and David Mulcahy (branded 'railway murderers') was killed in West Horsley in 1986, although Horsley railway station itself is in East Horsley.

Notable people

visitor information board to the Sheepleas



The village's church, St Mary's Church dates from the 11th century;[4] It is a Grade I listed building

West Horsley Place

West Horsley Place is a mediaeval house substantially developed between the 16th and 18th centuries. It shares in top-ranked listing status for architecture.[5]

Bell & Colvill dealership

The Bell & Colvill car dealership is the most prominent landmark of the main roundabout of the village on the cross-county route past the village

This long-established motor dealers bearing its original name rather than that of its products, occupies a large site accessed next to the roundabout leading onto the village main street from the A246.

Sheepleas open space

The Sheepleas Woods are on the northern downslopes of the ridge of hills known as the North Downs in the extreme south of the village, and stretch to 103 hectares (255 acres) (1.03km²) within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Upper Common

This similar sized and shaped area of woodland is slightly higher than Sheepleas open space and adjoins the parish of Shere.

Cranmore School

The boys' preparatory school (ages 5-13) for more than 450 pupils has a Roman Catholic setting.[6]


The village is served by Horsley railway station, which is actually in East Horsley.

It lies on the A246, and south of the M25 and the A3.

Demography and housing

West Horsley has few apartments in favour of larger housing without communal areas within them
The Sheepleas features this poppy field
2011 Census Homes
Output area Detached Semi-detached Terraced Flats and apartments Caravans/temporary/mobile homes shared between households[1]
(Civil Parish) 701 337 25 46 2 0

The average level of accommodation in the region composed of detached houses was 28%, the average that was apartments was 22.6%.

2011 Census Key Statistics
Output area Population Households % Owned outright % Owned with a loan hectares[1]
(Civil Parish) 2,828 1,111 48.7% 37.1% 1083[1]

The proportion of households in the civil parish who owned their home outright compares to the regional average of 35.1%. The proportion who owned their home with a loan compares to the regional average of 32.5%. The remaining % is made up of rented dwellings (plus a negligible % of households living rent-free).


  1. ^ a b c d Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Retrieved 21 November 2013
  2. ^ Surrey Domesday Book
  3. ^ Helen Allingham (1848-1926)
  4. ^ St Mary, West Horsley by the Leatherhead Road, Grade I listing English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1377828)". National Heritage List for England. 
  5. ^ West Horsley Place, Grade I listing English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1188949)". National Heritage List for England. 
  6. ^ Cranmore School Listing at the Independent Schools Council

External links

  • West Horsley Parish Council
  • David Ogilvy's Biography
  • East Horsley Bowling Club
  • Horsley Football Club
  • Horsley Football Club Annual 6 aside Tournament
  • Horsley Decorative and Fine Arts Society
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