Church Monuments Society

Ockham general view

Tour of churches around North Downs in Surrey


Starting promptly from Leatherhead station at 10am (served from London Waterloo

via Clapham Junction and Wimbledon, and London Victoria via Clapham Junction

and Sutton, Surrey), this tour of five churches situated above and below the North

Downs first visits St Mary’s West Horsley with a 14th century effigy to a de Berners priest,

some 16th century brasses, two 17th century monuments to the Nicholas family

(one probably by Gibbons), and an 18th century tablet by Nicholas Read, a pupil of



From there we travel south over the crest of the Downs to St Peter & St

Paul’s at Albury (CCT) where the chief interest is the Drummond Chapel of the early

1840s, a fine example of A W N Pugin’s architecture and decoration combined with

John Hardman’s brasses. Then back up the Downs to All Saints Ockham, a church

associated with the philosopher William of Ockham but possessing an early 18th

century octagonal mausoleum as a setting for a Rysbrack masterpiece erected for Lord

Chancellor King, now accompanied by monuments to King’s descendant Lord King,

executed by Richard Westmacott Jun, and Lord Lovelace, almost certainly by his

favourite architect C F A Yoysey, with lettering by Gill.


After our lunch stop (see below) we will visit St Mary’s Stoke D’Abernon, famed for its early

brasses to Sir John d’Abernon (father and son) re-dated to the 14th century, but also

containing other brasses and monuments to their descendants ending with a roman Ciborium

containing the ashes of Edgar, Viscount D’Abernon (d.1941). Our final stop is at St

Nicholas’s Great Bookham, with a large collection of brasses and monuments from

the 13th to 19th centuries including a dual commemoration in brass and stone of Robert

Shiers (1668), 18th century monuments by Thomas Carter and a fine military

concoction to Cornet Geary, killed during the American War of Independence in

  1. We should be back at Leatherhead station by 17.30 at the latest.

Lunch will be in the restaurant of Squire’s Garden Centre, a five minute walk from

Stoke D’Abernon Church, and can be pre-ordered from a set menu (to be sent later,

not included in price). Detailed guide notes and menu will be emailed when

completed (please send an A4 s.a.e for paper copies if required).


To register, email the organiser, Andrew Skelton, at