Farnham, Surrey

St. Andrew's Church, Farnham, Surrey

Farnham is best known for its distinctive Castle which stands on the top of the hill on the edge of town. St. Andrew’s Church is right in the centre of town and is one of the better looking churches in Surrey.

The first church here dates to around the 8th Century, although nothing of that structure survives. The present church dates to the 11th Century with many of its features coming from a mid-14th Century rebuild, probably in the years immediately following the Black Death.

Inside the church is a plaque marking the spot where Augustus Toplady wrote the hymn “Rock of Ages”. He was born in Farnham and baptised in this church.

Not unusually the Victorians greatly renovated Farnham Church, most of the work being by J.S. Utterton. It gives the impression of being all early English perpendicular, so on this occasion the Victorianisation was well performed.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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