St.Martin's Church, Dorking

There is a church in the Manor of Dorking mentioned in the Domesday book. The medieval church of St Martin was probably built to replace it in the twelfth century when Manor and church were under the control of the de Warenne family, to whom the manor had been given by William II. In the fourteenth century the church was conveyed to the Priory of the Holy Cross in Reigate.

The church was extended in the fourteenth century and in the seventeenth century it was also used as a school house.

Between 1835 and 1837 the nave was rebuilt with iron pillars, leaving the chancel unused at a lower level. This church was known as the ‘Intermediate’ church.

Between 1866 and 1868 the chancel was rebuilt. (It is now known as the Forman chancel.) As this clashed with the iron nave the nave and aisles were also rebuilt between 1872 and 1874. Between 1873 and 1877 the new tower, 210ft spire and bells were added. The Lady Chapel extension was completed in 1912. In the heart of the town, St Martin’s dominates its surroundings.

With expansion of the town, St Paul’s church was built in 1857 to the design of Benjamin Ferrey who also designed the vicarage.

St Joseph’s Roman Catholic church in Falkland Grove was built in 1895 to the design of Frederick Arthur Walters. The site was donated by the Roman Catholic Duke of Norfolk who also made a contribution to the cost of building.

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