Church of St Peter & St Paul, Albury, Surrey

Address: Albury Park, Albury, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9BB
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Open daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm
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An ancient Saxon church in a lovely parkland setting

This charming, ancient church, dating from Saxon and Norman times, is a flint-walled gem, set amongst the trees of beautiful Albury Park above the gently running River Tilling. It is full of contrasts and surprises. Inside, you'll find:

  • a light, limewashed uncluttered interior with a stunning medieval wall painting of St Christopher sporting a curly red beard;
  • interesting monuments, including a brass of John Weston who died in 1440;
  • an odd but delightful 18th-century shingled cupola over the tower.

Another highlight is the South Chapel - this was remodelled by renowned Victorian architect A.W. Pugin, responsible for the interior of the Palace of Westminster.

He used his rich and colourful style here to create a dazzling mortuary chapel for Albury Park's Drummond family - this is lavishly decorated, with stained glass, painted walls and ceiling, and a magnificent tiled floor.

Visiting in the spring when the blooming snowdrops carpet the churchyard with colour is a treat.

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To locate this church on a map, click on the 'View on map' link that appears below the address information at the top of the page.

Road directions

5 miles south east of Guildford off A248. Turn into minor road on sharp bend and then into private drive with lodge at entrance to Albury Park. Follow drive, fork left to church.

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Chilworth (3 miles)

OS Reference No.

TQ 063 479

What’s on & news

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16/07/14 Wendy Leaney impressed the judges with her skillfully sculpted creation made out of homemade lime and elderflower cordial

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.
 
 



 

 

PDF iconHampshire, Sussex & Surrey County Guide (PDF, 4.9mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Hampshire, Sussex & Surrey. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Anonymous (13 Apr 2011, 02:22)

    This church is tied to my family by geneology. There are ancient family members supposed to be buried in the graveyard. We traveled to England from the US in 1992. After leaving the airport this was the first stop on our visit. The church wasn't open but I went next door and a man went and got a key from one of the "ladies" who was at breakfeast. He opened the church and left us to spend all the time we wanted touring. We had a lot on our schedule and couldn't do it justice...but it was so exciting. The key was HUGE.....the place impressive and the setting just lovely. I want to go back one day and go through the graveyard. At the time it was quite overgrown with weeds. Thank you for sharing all the information on this historic place.

  2. Anonymous (20 Dec 2011, 11:48)

    this church starred in Four Weddings and a Funeral! It was the Scottish church

  3. ANDREW (08 Jan 2013, 15:49)

    I am lucky enough to live not far from this lovely old church and visit it several times a year,glad to say that the churchyard seems to be kept in good order and spring is full of snowdrops.

  4. Alan Grove (19 Mar 2013, 20:14)

    We have visited over 150 of the CCT churches and this ranks among the best. Don't forget to visit the nearby Parish church to see the other half of the Roman font.

  5. Cliff (16 Apr 2013, 12:23)

    Having just discovered and joined the C.C.T. I was rather keen to visit a church or two. The first one was the old Albury Parish church and I was absolutely stunned by the sheer beauty of the church and its setting. I found that the grass is not cut that often to allow the flowers time to bloom and show off their splendour and this they did despite the late spring start. It won't be the last time I visit this church as it has made a lasting impression on me.

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Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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Community information for Church of St Peter & St Paul, Albury

 

All our Surrey churches are in CCT’s South East region.

About the Friends of Albury Church

Contact email: daphne@dfoulsham.freeserve.co.uk

Contact telephone: 01483 202594

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Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty information 

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Surrey Archaeological Society 

Surrey Churches Preservation Trust 

List of churches in Surrey 

Surrey is in the Diocese of Guildford

Donate by text

Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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Church of St Peter & St Paul, Albury, Surrey

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

Grass path to church. One small step over porch lintel then large step down into church. Drummond Chapel locked but viewable through screen.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.