Place:Godalming, Surrey, England

Alt namesFarncombesource: village in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates51.183°N 0.617°W
Located inSurrey, England
See alsoGodalming Hundred, Surrey, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Waverley District, Surrey, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Godalming is an historic market town, civil parish and the administrative centre of the Borough of Waverley in Surrey, England. It is located south southwest of Guildford, traversing the banks of the River Wey in a hilly, heavily wooded part of western Surrey.

In 2011, the UK census population figure for Godalming was 21,804.

Farncomb (or Farncombe)

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Farncomb from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"FARNCOMB, a tything and a chapelry in Godalming parish, Surrey. The tything lies on the Guildford and New Portsmouth railway, 1 mile NNE of Godalming; and has a post office under Godalming. The chapelry was constituted in 1849. Rated property: £2,886. Population: 2,084. Houses: 445. The property is much subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value: £300. Patron: the Bishop of Winchester. The church is modern; and there is a Wesleyan chapel."

and from Wikipedia

"Farncombe, historically Fernecome, is a village and peripheral settlement of Godalming in Waverley, Surrey, England and is approximately 0.8 miles (1.3 km) northeast of the Godalming centre, separated by common land known as the Lammas Lands. The village of Compton lies 1.8 miles (3 km) to the northwest and Bramley 2 miles (3 km) to the east; whilst Charterhouse School is to the west. Loseley Park, in the hamlet of Littleton, lies 1 mile (1.6 km) to the north of the village."


a condensation of this section of the article in Wikipedia

In the year 1300, the town was granted the right to hold a weekly market and an annual fair. Its major industry at the time was the production of woollen cloth. This enterprise contributed to Godalming’s prosperity over the next few centuries, until a sudden decline in the 17th century. At that point, the people applied their skills to the latest knitting and weaving technologies and began producing stockings in a variety of materials, and later applying themselves to leatherwork.

A willingness to adapt from one industry to another meant that Godalming continued to thrive. For example, papermaking was adopted in the 17th century, and paper was still manufactured there in the 20th century. The quarrying of Bargate stone also provided an important source of income, as did passing trade - Godalming was a popular stopping point for stagecoaches and the Mail coach between Portsmouth and London. In 1764, trade received an additional boost when early canalisation of the river took place, linking the town to Guildford, and from there to the River Thames and London on the Wey and Godalming Navigations.

So successful was Godalming that in the early 19th century it was considerably larger than Guildford, and by 1851 the population had passed 6,500. It was connected to London by railway in 1849, and to Portsmouth in 1859. It was made a municipal borough in 1835, the year the term was introduced.

Godalming came to world attention in September 1881, when it became the first town in the world to have installed a public electricity supply, which made electricity available to consumers. It was powered by a waterwheel, located at Westbrook Mill, on the river Wey.

Charterhouse, one of England's most significant public schools, has been located at Godalming since 1872. Formerly it had been situated in Charterhouse Square in London since its founding in 1611.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Godalming.

Surrey Research Tips


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.)

Registration Districts

  • Registration Districts in Surrey from their introduction in 1837 to the present. By drilling down through the links you can follow any parish through the registration districts to which it was attached.

GENUKI provisions

The website GENUKI provides a very comprehensive list of reference sources for the County of Surrey. It includes:

  • Archives and Libraries
  • Church record availability for both Surrey and the former Surrey part of Greater London
  • 19th century descriptions of the ecclesiastical parishes
  • Lists of cemeteries
  • Local family history societies
  • A list of historic maps online


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