The following is an excerpt from O. Manning's and W. Bray's The History and Antiquities of Surrey (1814, reprint 1974). The Chobham section appears to have been written in 1811.
I have reproduced it as written - mistakes and all!
A Village amongst the heaths, four miles from Bagshot, six from the Church to Chertsey Church. It adjoins to the Parish of Chertsey on the East; to Frimley on the West; to Windlesham and Egham on the North; and to Horsell and Bisley on the South. It extends seven miles in length from East to West, and is about four miles from North to South. In it are the Tythings of Stanners ; Pentecost, (46 Edw. III. 1372, William de Pylketon of Effingham, granted to Stephen Wyke, Rector of the Church at Coveham, and Phillip then his Chaplin, all his lands, rents, and services in Chobeham and Windlesham, which were of Stephen l Penteicost. Chertsey Leiger, 257. a.) where was formerly a white Cross; and the Forest Tything, in which is a place where two roads intersect, called Long Cross, and near it a hill called Steeple Hill. Mr. Aubrey says there are two great ditches, one at the East end of the inclosures, extending across the way, and the other at the West end of Chobham, extending - also across the road to the enclosures on each side ; that they were ten feet deep or more, the earth thrown both ways; that there was no tradition of the purpose for which they were made. I could not find or learn any thing of them. Westward of the town is a barrow. On the heath is a pond called Gracious Pond about three quarters of a mile in length, flowing, when full, about sixty acres. It was made by John Rutherwick Abbat of Chertsey, in the time of King Edward III. It was laid dry in 1810, which gave the Editor an opportunity of observing that the North side of it was Peat, which was then digging; the South side was wholly sand and pebbles. On some of the hills here it is found that one side is peat, the other is only sand. There are bogs on several parts of the heath. About a bow-shot from the Manor-house, in Valley Wood, is a well whose water is of a rough taste, and is turned purple with galls. It. seldom freezes. There is a Fair on Ascension Day, but of no consequence. On the North side of the Parish, on the edge of the heath, is a Mansion-house, with a small Park, called Chobham Place, built by one of the family of Thomas, from which it descended to the Abdys. In 1809 Sir William Abdy sold the House and Park to the Rev. Inigo William Jones, who died in October in that year after a few hours illness. At the North end of the Village is a house formerly the Estate of John Danister Esq. It lately belonged to Mr. Chapple a Stationer in London, who has sold it to the Rev. Mr. Jerrom, who is now Vicar of the Parish.
On occasion of the Jubilee, 25 October 1809, when the King entered into the 50th year of his reign, 63l. 1s. 6d. was collected and given in bread and beef to 150 poor families, on the following scale ;
Of the well mentioned by Aubrey little is known; but near the bottom of the hill, on which stands Chobham Place, are two springs, of which the following description was written some years ago, and stuck on a tree near them. In Westerly Green, in the Parish of Chobham, in the County of Surrey, are famous Wells or Waters, &c. This Mineral Water is the same with that of Tunbridge; a famous Chalybeat flowing from an iron mine; the furthest Well Northward is the strongest spring, which I digged with my own hand. It is much stronger than that of Sunning Hill, as I have proved by infallible experiments; and I doubt not in the least but that the exceeding strength and virtue thereof will in a little time call a great concourse of people to this place, to the relief of the afflicted in general, and the benefit of the neighbourhood in particular, for which end I affix these lines in this place. Whoever may have occasion may take notice that these waters allay all sharpness of humors, cure inward ulcers, and cleanse and strengthen the stomach, liver, and spleen, and are prevalent against the cachexia, dropsy, jaundice, green sickness, scurvy, &c. in some of which, under God, I have had great relief thereof when other means had been long used in vain. John Hill, M.D.
There are computed to be 11,000 acres of waste land in this Parish. (This is an error, it should be "about 4500" acres, the 11,000 acres probably included the whole of the waste land in the neighbourhood, then commonly known as " Bagshot Heath." Acerage of Parish in County Directory for 1882 is put at 9579. ED.) In them there are three peatmores, in which every householder enjoys a right of digging peat for his own house. The stream which runs through the Parish, and through Mr. Jerrom's garden, rises on the heaths, and passes by Crotford Bridge in Chertsey into the Thames near Weybridge. About the year 1790 the poor were maintained by three sixpenny rates in a year. In the terrible years of 1799 and 1800, 8s.in the pound answered the purpose, when many Parishes raised 18s. and some much more. A few years ago two acres of the waste were inclosed, and a workhouse built with money raised by a grant of an annuity for life. There are from 30 to 40 poor persons in it, but some are relieved out of it. It is farmed at 550l. a year. A composition called Mead Silver is paid for many meadows in the Parish in lieu of tythe-hay, being one penny an acre. It is said that this was originally settled in consideration of the inhabitants feeding the Abbat's deer. Some of the meadow is exceeding good.
Domesday, Tab. VI.
The same Abbey (Chertsey) holds Cebeham. In the time of King Edward and now it is rated for 10 Hides [1000 acres]. The arable land consists of 12 Carrucates [1200 acres]. There is one in demesne and 29 Villans and 6 Bordars with 11 Carrucates. There are 3 Villans in gross and 10 acres of meadow. The wood yields 130 Hogs. Of this arable land Odin holds 4 Hides of the Abbat, Corbelin 2 Hides of the arable land of the Villans. In demesne is 1 Carrucate and 7 Villans and 4 Bordars with 3 Carrucates. There is a Church and another Chapel.
THE MANOR OF CHOBHAM.
King Edward the Confessor gave this Manor to the Abbey of Chertsey, with whom it remained till Henry VIII. purchased it of them. Whilst it belonged to the Abbey, Abbat John de Rutherwick, amongst many other improvements of their estates, planted and enclosed a wood here, and brought running water round the Manor-house from the great pond called Gracious Pond, and repaired the Chapel.
In the 6th of Henry VII. on a grant of a 15th by the Clergy, the Villans of the Abbat in this place were taxed at 43s. 8d. Henry VIII. having obtained a surrender of the Abbey of Chertsey with their estates, in exchange for the Abbey of Bisham, this (except as to the Rectory), was vested in the Crown. Queen Mary sold the Park to Nicholas Heath, Archbishop of York, but the Manor and Advowson of the Vicarage remained in the Crown till King James I. in his 18th year, granted the same, with the Manor of Bisley, to Sir Edward Zouch in tail male, as stated in Bisley. The reversion in fee remaining in the Crown, King Charles the II 1672, granted it to Trustees for the Dutchess of Cleveland for a term of years ; and in 1708, there being a failure of issue-male of the Zouch's, the Duke of Cleveland, son of the Dutchess, came into possession, and sold it to John Walter, Esq. In 1748 this gentleman's son Abel Walter obtained an Act of Parliament enabling the Crown to sell him the freehold of this, with Bisley.
Queen Mary sold it, as above mentioned, to Nicholas Heath, Archbishop of York. (This Nicholas Heath descended from the Heaths of Aspley in the Parish of Tamworth. He was educated in St. Antholin's School, London. (Knight's Life of Collet, p. 9.) He was first of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, but removed to Clare Hall, Cambridge. He took orders: was Archdeacon of Stafford in 1534 : took the degree of D.D. in 1535; was sent with Bishop Fox as Ambassador to the Princes of Germany of the Augsburgh Confession; was consecrated Bishop of Rochester 4th April, 1539, being then Almoner to King Henry VIII. He was translated to Worcester 22d December, 1543. In 1544, he was employed with Day Bishop of Chichester and Cox Archdeacon of Ely, to compile sets of Statutes for the Cathedrals of Chester and Bristol, two of the new Bishopricks created by Henry VIII. ; and so expeditious were they, that the former were delivered 4th June, and the latter 5th July in the same year. (Sir John Harrington's brief View of the State of the Church of England, p. 170. Drake's Eboracum, p. 453.) In the 3rd Edward VI. 1549, Heath was one of the Commissioners in a Commission issued 8th May, to enquire into the state of the University of Oxford, which it was pretended was for the most part out of order, and could not supply able and religious Theologists. (Glitch's Annals of Oxford, Vol. II. p. 95.) In the same year, twelve learned divines, Bishops and others, were appointed by the Council to prepare a new book for the ordination of ministers, purged of superstitions of the old ordinal; Heath, then Bishop of Worcester, was one of them, but would not agree to what the others did, nor sign the book when made, for which in March he was committed to the Fleet, and lay there all the next year, 1550. On 22d September 1551, he was sent for to the Council then sitting, and earnestly persuaded to subscribe the book, but he steadily refused so to do, saying that his conscience would not allow it, though he would not disobey it. He was sent back to the Fleet, and on the 27th a Commission was issued to Sir Roger Cholmley Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, and others, to examine into this business and that of the Bishop of Chichester, and they, finding them still persist, they were deprived, (In Sir John Hayes's Life of Edward VI. it is said that he was deprived on the accession of that King; but the Editor, in a note on this place, says his deprivation was in 1549, and Willis makes it 10th October, 1551, which agrees with Strype's account,) and in October 1551, the temporalities were seized. They were however, not discharged from the Fleet; and it was not till June 1552 that they, on their petition on account of their health, were removed, and then Heath was put under the care of the Bishop of London. (Strype's Memorial of Archbishop Cranmer, 230, 231.)
Queen Mary restored him to his See of Worcester, made him Lord President of Wales, Archbishop of York 19th February 1555-6, and Lord Chancellor. It was by his persuasion that Dudley Duke of Northumberland declared himself a papist at his death, 22d August, 1553. Heath was a great favourite with Queen Mary, and obtained of her Suffolk House in Southwark in recompence for Whitehall, which had been taken from the Archbishoprick ; but finding Suffolk house at an inconvenient distance for his business, he sold it, and purchased the Bishop of Norwich's house near Charing-cross, which from thence was called York-place, and which his successors in the Archbishoprick enjoyed till King James I. took it from Archbishop Matthews in 1622, in exchange for other lands. This was not the only benefit which the See oŁ York derived from him, and which he was enabled to obtain by the great favour in which he was with Queen Mary. He prevailed on her to restore the Lordship of Ripon in Yorkshire, with seven Manors members thereof, alienated by his immediate predecessor Holgate. He also recovered Southwell in Nottinghamshire, and five other Manors. On the death of Queen Mary he acknowledged Elizabeth's title to the Crown, made a public declaration of it in Parliament, (Camden's Elizabeth, 12.) and went to meet her at Barnet, says Dodd, with the rest of the Bishops, who unanimously made her a tender of their allegiance, understanding that she had promised to maintain the old religion. (Dodd's Church History, I. 497.) The new Queen made him (a man of great wisdom and modest disposition, says Camden) one of her Privy Council, with several others who had been in that situation under her sister. Cardinal Pole Archbishop of Canterbury being dead, it became Heath's business to inaugurate Elizabeth at her coronation ; but he and all the rest of the Bishops except Oglethorpe Bishop of Carlisle, refused it, from a suspicion of her intentions to establish the Protestant Religion. Queen Mary had repealed the Acts of her father against the See of Rome, and of Edward VI. in favour of the Protestants ; but in her first Parliament Elizabeth renewed them. Against these new Statutes, Heath and eight other Bishops (amongst whom was Oglethorpe, who had performed the inauguration service) being all that were in the House, objected. Heath had voluntarily resigned his office of Chancellor; but a discovery had been made of a correspondence between him and most of the Roman Catholic Bishops with the Pope in the time of Edward VI. ; and though the pardons granted by Queen Elizabeth exempted them from punishment on that account, it was thought advisable to tender them the oath of supremacy. Heath refused to take it, was committed to the Tower. and deprived of his Archbishoprick 5th July 1559. (Camden's Elizabeth, 28. Carte's Hist. England III 372, 373.) The Queen, however, always gratefully acknowledged both his courage and fidelity shown in her cause, and he was suffered to retire to and enjoy his estate at this place, where he passed the remainder of his days in a happy and religious privacy, and she had so great a regard for him that she several times visited him here. An original picture of him was in the gallery in Weston-house in Warwickshire, the seat of Mr. Sheldon, to whom he was related, whereby he appeared to have been above the common size, with black hair, and a macerated visage. He was a zealous maintainer of the old religion, but without any transports against the new, and was rather an advocate than a persecutor of those who suffered under Queen Mary. (Sir John Harrington's brief View of the State of the Church, 12mo. pp. 169, 170. Wood's Athenae, 603, 604.) Strype says that he would not let the least spark of persecution be kindled in his Diocese, if any in his Province. (Strype's Memoirs of Cranmer, p. 206.)
He passed the rest of his life; here, using the Chapel which was in the house. Notwithstanding this, he was so highly respected by Queen Elizabeth, that she visited him once a year.
On his death in 1579 it descended to Thomas Heath his kinsman and heir. It afterwards belonged to Sir Francis Lee or Leigh. The Mansion stood on the left of the road from Chobham to Chertsey, where is now a farm house: the sight within is very visable, double-moated; one very near the house, the other very large and deep, about ten rods further out ; both are traceable, though nearly dry. The Park is divided into several farms lying on both sides of that road, and lately belonged to Mr. Revel (see Fetcham, vol. I. p. 483) by whose daughter it passed to Sir George Warren (who died in 1801), and by their daughter to Lord Viscount Bulkeley the present owner, 1811. In one of the chamber windows at the West end of the present house, are some panes of painted glass brought from the old house. In the upper part are four small diamond-shaped panes, on each of which is a cypher of I L with a long flourish of a single line between them (one of them has been turned upside down); below is a crown; on another pane is a small bird's-eye view of a piece of ground with trees scattered about as in a park inclosed with a pale, and having a gate in the inclosure, probably alluding to Abbott Parker who resigned in 1529. In one of the lower panes the following has been written with a diamond
fui tal esser ;
In a window in another chamber on the East side of the house is a pane with the same representation of a park. In a field formerly part of this Park in 1772, an earthen pot was ploughed up, containing a large quantity of Roman Coins of the Lower Empire. Amongst them were two silver of Gratian and Valentinian ; on the reverse of both, Virtus Romanorum ; exergue of the first A. Q. P. S. of the other T. R. P. S. Among the copper ones were Theodosius, Honorius, and Valentinian. With these were found a spearhead and a gold ring, weight 4dwt. 10 1/2 gr. (From the information of John Wightwick Esq. who has the ring and coins in his possession).
THE MANOR OF STANNARDS OR STANYERS, AND FORDS.
2 Edward II. 1309, Sir John de Hame and Alivia his wife granted to the Convent Hurst Mill in Chobham (Chertsey Leiger in the Exchequer, fol. 250 a.) 3 Edward II. 1310, Crast. exalt. cru. The Abbey and Convent of Chertsey gave to Sir John de Hamme and Alivia his wife, their land in Chabeham called Bradeweyeslond, saving the purprestures which they had inclosed called Brochulles, in exchange for land on the West of the highway from Chertsey to Chobham, through the Manor of said John and Alivia, called Stanor, and a Moor called Holehurst, lying uninclosed ; saving to John and Alivia their ponds and common on the Heath. (Leiger of Chertsey in Shelbourne M.S.S. fol. 5. a.) It afterwards belonged to William Lambert, and was purchased of him by King Henry VIII. 2 Elizabeth. The Queen by Letters Patent, granted to Thomas Reeve and George Evelyn Esq. her Lordship and Manor of Stannyors and Fords in the County of Surrey, late parcel of the possessions of William Lambert, and late of King Henry VIII. by him purchased, and all messuages, lands, &c. rents, services, &c. pastures of sheep and fold courses, courts leet, &c. which the Queen had in Stannyors and Fords and Chobham or elsewhere, to hold by 1/40 th part of a knights fee.- Reeve was a trustee for Evelyn.
Dec. 4. James I. 1607, George Evelyn Esq. one of the Six Clerks of the Court of Chancery, levied a fine and settled the premises to the uses following; viz. after the death of John Evelyn (father of said George) and Elizabeth his wife as to one moiety, to the use of John Evelyn, described as one of the younger brothers of George and the heirs male of his body; remainder to George in fee; and as to the other moiety, to James Evelyn, described as one other of the younger brothers of George in like manner. 21 November 16 James I. 1619, the said John Evelyn the elder and Elizabeth his wife and John Evelyn the younger, one of the sons of John and Elizabeth, convey the moiety to Robert Hatton Esq. by way of settlement on an intended marriage between John Evelyn the younger and Thomasine Haynes, one of the daughters and heirs of William Haynes deceased, to the use of Thomasine for life, remainder to John in fee. Shortly after the marriage took effect, and 5 February 16 James I. 1618-19, George Evelyn released his right to his brother John, and 20 May 19 James I. 1621, John the father and Elizabeth his wife and James Evelyn son of John the elder, conveyed the other moiety to John the younger and his wife. 23 June 19 James 1. 1622, George Evelyn, reciting the conveyance of the moiety to John as above, in consideration of the brotherly love and affection which he bore to said John Evelyn and Thomasine his wife, released the said moiety to John and Thomasine. 1 June 18 James I. an Indenture was enrolled between John Evelyn the elder and Otho Gayer of the first part, John Evelyn the younger and James Evelyn sons of John the elder of the second part, and Gregory Cole and Simon Drawater of the third part; being a deed to lead the uses of a recovery. 19 February 1623, 21 James I. a receipt was given by John Evelyn the younger to George Evelyn his brother and Sir John Evelyn Knight his son, in land and money for 3250l. in satisfaction and for the purchase of Stannyers and Fords, the Manor of Windlesham, and the moiety of the Manor of Freemantles, according to the Indenture of Bargain and Sale made thereof to him dated 20th January 21 James I. ; so that it appears that John the husband of Thomasine afterwards sold to his brother. 26th October 1636 12 Charles I. Sir John Evelyn of West Dean and Dame Elizabeth his wife, in consideration of 5300l. conveyed to James Lynch and his heirs, the Manor of Katerham, the Manor of Windlesham with quit rents of 57s. 8d. payable thereto, the Manor of Stanyers and Fords with quit rents of 15s. 4d. payable thereto, and divers other estates. A part consisted of a capital messuage called Stanyers Hill Farm ; A farm called Trotters; another called Stanners Grove and Benny Grove, and the Manor-house called Stannyers and Fords and lands thereto belonging; and a moiety of the Manor of Freemantles, and the Mansion-house and land lett at 60l a year, and two couple of fat capons; farms in Bagshot and Chobham. There is warrant against George Evelyn deceased, father of Sir John; and as to the moiety of Freemantles against Robert Hatton of Long Ditton and Alice his wife. 31st October, 14 Charles I. by Indenture between James Lynch and Henry Baldwin (a trustee) of one part, and George Duncomb and John Machill of the other part, Lynch settled his estate on his three grandchildren, Eleanor, Susanna, and Elizabeth Gantlett, daughters of Emanuel Gantlett and Elizabeth his late wife daughter of James Lynch, and John Lynch his nephew, viz. Stannyers and Fords to Elizabeth Gantlett for life; remainder to her issue; remainder to John Lynch. He died in 1640. Elizabeth Gantlett married William Swanton, and had issue Francis, who, 18th October. 3 James II. executed a Deed to lead the uses of a recovery to himself in fee and which was suffered accordingly. He afterwards granted off several parcels of land, reserving quit rents to his Manor of Stannyers and Fords, and 11-12 July 1694 conveyed the Manor to Nathaniel Cocks, who settled it in jointure on Ann [Buckeridge] his wife. He died, leaving Ann his wife surviving, and Sarah Cocks his sole daughter and heir, who married Joseph Paris.
3-4 January 1721, Paris and his wife conveyed their reversion of Stannyers and Fords expectant on the death of Ann Cocks, to Zachariah Gibson. 17th January 1721, Ann Cocks and Gibson conveyed to John Martin by Bargain and Sale inrolled, and 1-2 February 1727, Martin conveyed it to Thomas Woodford Esq. He by his Will dated 12th November 1758. devised it to his eldest son the Rev. Thomas Woodford, who in April 1761 sold it to Thomas Sewell, Esq. an eminent Council at the Chancery bar, afterwards Knighted and made Master of the Rolls (see Ottershaw in Chertsey in this volume). He died intestate in 1784, leaving Thomas Bailey Heath Sewell his eldest son and heir, who in 1795 sold this Manor with Ottershaw to Edmund Boehm Esq. the now owner (1811). (The above has been, by the most obliging communication of Mr. Boehm, taken from his title deeds. These deeds correct an error in the Pedigree of Evelyn of Godstone, Vol. II. p. 329, where George of Everly and West Dean is stated to be son of George and brother of Sir John ; but he was son of Sir John and Elizabeth.)
was the seat of Anthony Fenrother Esq. about the time of Queen Elizabeth. His daughter and heir married Samuel Thomas Esq. Their son Sir Anthony Thomas was engaged with others in draining East, West and Wildmore Fens near Boston in Lincolnshire. Anthony the Grandson of this gentleman dying a bachelor in 1701, was succeeded by his brother Gainsford Thomas (deriving his Christian name from his mother, a daughter of Erasmus Gainsford of Crowhurst in this County Esq.). This gentleman was also a bachelor, and by his Will dated in 1719, and proved 1721, devised his estate to William Abdy Gent. Henry Thomas Fellow of New College, and to his Cousin Sir John Hare, in trust for his sister Ann Thomas a lunatic, and if she should not recover and have issue, in trust for Dame Mary Abdy widow of Sir Anthony Abdy of Felix Hall in Essex, and to her sons Sir Anthony Thomas Abdy Bart. William Abdy and Charles Abdy, and their heirs male in succession. He directed that the pictures of Fenrother and his descendants the Thomas's should remain as heir looms. He gave some charities to the Poor of this Parish, as will be mentioned amongst the Charitable Donations. (He gave his land in East, West and Wildmore Fen near Boston, which had been drained by Sir Anthony Thomas and his partners, to Lady Abdy, she conveying 500 acres thereof to William Abdy, 500 to Henry Thomas, and 500 to Sir John Hare and their heirs.) Lady Abdy was daughter of Dr. Milward by a daughter of Sir Anthony Thomas (see, the Pedigree, p. 203) and died in 1744 at the age of 86. Her son Sir Anthony Thomas Abdy died before her without male issue; whereupon her second son William, who had succeeded to the Title, succeeded to this Estate. He had three sons, of whom Sir Anthony Thomas Abdy the eldest, inherited the Title and Estate. This gentleman was a Barrister; was elected a representative for Knaresborough in 1763 and in the ensuing Parliament. He died without issue in 1775, (this gentleman was of St. John's College Cambridge, afterwards of Lincoln's Inn, at which last place Dr. Rutherford dedicated to him his Essay on Virtue. Cole's M.S. British Museum, 5862, p. 47.) and his next brother the Rev. Stotherd Abdy having died before him without issue, his youngest brother William a Captain in the Royal Navy, inherited the Estate. He died 21st July 1803, leaving William his son and heir, who became the seventh Baronet. In l809 he sold the house and Park to the Rev. Inigo William Jones, who took possession, but died in October in that year, after a few hours illness. He left a widow and two or three young children. Mr. Aubrey says that this house is called Raden in old deeds; but he was mistaken, that name belongs to the house which will be next mentioned.
THE MANOR OF ADEN.
At the North end of Chobham-street is a good house, which, with the mill and 40 acres of arable and meadow, is called in the Deeds The Manor of Aden. 18 Edward IV. 1479, Isabella Manory widow, daughter and heir of Nicholas Atte Broke late of Chobham, granted to William Campion, citizen of London and others, all her tenements in Chobham, Bysley, Chertsey and Horsull, co. Surrey. (Claus. 18 Edward IV. n. 10.) John Danister Esq. one of the Barons of the Exchequer, died 28th February 1539-40 seised of an Estate here, described as consisting of 6 messuages, 4 cottages, 200 acres of land, 100 acres of meadow, 200 acres of pasture, 120 acres of wood in Chobham; of Ottershaw in Chertsey, lands in Bussheley and Talworth, a manor or tenement called Hill Place and a messuage called Twytcham, 80 acres of land, 70 of meadow, 60 of pasture, and 40 of wood in Horsull. On the day he died he executed a deed, by which he conveyed the estate in Horsull to trustees for his bastered son Robert and the heirs of his body, the rest to himself and Ann his wife for their lives, remainder to the heirs of their bodies. Ann was his daughter and heir aged 2. (Inqu. p. m. at Guildford, 16 June 32 Henry VIII. 1541. p. 3. n. 143.) This Ann married Owen Bray second son of Sir Edward Bray of Shere in this County. See Vol. II. p. 141. A daughter of this Owen married . . . . . . . . . Sears, and a daughter of theirs married Mr. Johnson an Attorney. Mr. Johnson had no legitmate issue, but some of his family sold this estate to General Broome, of whom it was purchased by Mr. Chapple a stationer in London, who about 1808 sold it to the Rev. Mr. Jerrom, who now resides in it (1811), and succeeded to the Vicarage of Chobham on the death of Mr. Cecil in 1810. A Farm called the Manor of Twitching alias Tonching alias Durnford in Horsell and Chobham, containing about 160 acres, was the property of the before-named John Danister, who on the day he died executed a conveyance of it to trustees for the use of his natural son Robert. 31st March 1718 it belonged to Richard Bonsey the elder, who by his Will then dated, devised the same to his son Richard. Richard the son left a son of the same name. The last Richard died, and by Will dated June 1755 devised to Trustees to sell, leaving John Bonsey his eldest son and heir at law, and in 1774 the estate was sold to Sir Thomas Sewell. After his death, in 1795 it was sold by Sir Thomas Sewell's family to Edmund Boehm Esq. then and now owner of Ottershaw.
The Abbey of Chertsey had a mediety of the tithes in this Parish, and tithe of all the Mills of the Manor. (Bull of Pope Alexander, Mon. Angl. I. 75.) Henry VIII. came to an agreement with the Convent of Chertsey, that on their surrendering their estates to him, he would translate them to the then dissolved Abbey of Bisham, and give them the estates which had belonged to that house, with some of their own. Chertsey was surrendered 6th July 29 Henry VIII. 1538, and they had a. grant of Bisham, and of some of their own Rectories, amongst which was this of Chobham. Bisham was surrendered in a year after, and this Rectory came again to the Crown.
Queen Elizabeth granted it to William Haber, or Harber, and Richard Duffield in fee. 4 February 1565, they sold it to Owen Bray Esq. of this place. 10 November, 13 Charles I. 1628, he and Edward Bray his son and heir apparent, conveyed it to Sir Thomas White. (From Deeds.)
He was of South Warnborough, Hants, see pedigree of White in Seale, p. 177. From him it descended to the Woodroffe's. In November 3 James II. 1687, Sir George Woodroffe and George his son and heir apparent suffered a recovery, and in December following conveyed it to Phillip Beauchamp. (From Deeds). It is now divided amongst several persons; Sir William Abdy has the West end tithes, Lord Bulkeley has the East end. Mr. Woods of Chobham, and Mr. have part, and several owners of lands have purchased the tithes thereof.