Shere is a village and civil parish in the Guildford District of Surrey 4.8 miles (7.7 km) east southeast of Guildford and 5.4 miles (8.7 km) west of Dorking, centrally bypassed by the A25 road. It is a small still partly agricultural village chiefly set in the wooded "Vale of Holmesdale" between the North Downs and Greensand Ridge with many traditional English features.
The Tillingbourne river runs through the centre of the village. More than 80 per cent of homes are in the central area covering 3.11 square kilometres (1.20 sq mi); the northern area of Shere on the North Downs is without any named hamlets but includes the public hilltop park of Newlands Corner, covers 6.77 square kilometres (2.61 sq mi).
Shere is also a civil parish, extending to the east and south into hamlets founded in the early Middle Ages which officially, in the 19th century, were consolidated into three villages. These are Gomshall, Holmbury St. Mary and Peaslake. This larger entity has a total population of 3,359 and area of 24.5 square kilometres (9.5 sq mi). The population of the parish in the UK census of 2011 was 3,630.
Holmbury St. Mary, up in the Greensand Ridge, was a "modern" village term devised in 1878 for the two hamlets of Felday in Shere and Pitland Street in Shere and Abinger, when the place became a civil parish and ecclesiastical parish. The schools (that is, Church of England ones) were built in 1860 and enlarged in 1900.
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Administrative boundaries of the county of Surrey (Surrey History Centre. The centre has a website with a number of useful indexes--titheholders in various parishes, deaths at the county gaol, etc.)
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