St George's Church, Esher, Surrey
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An untouched Tudor gem
This charming Tudor church was built from a jumble of sandstone and brick. It dates from around 1540, with some additions between 1724 and 1842. The interior has wonderful eighteenth-century furnishings, including a three-decker pulpit and a pew designed by the Blenheim Palace architect, John Vanbrugh.
To donate by text, please text 'ESH' to 70970 to donate £5 and to 70191 to donate £10. Thank you.
A Victorian masterpiece returned to the community
A pair of eccentric churches
Stunningly detailed medieval wall paintings
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
Behind Bear Inn, near the southern end of the High Street, off A244
Nearest railway station: Claygate (0.8 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out about this church 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 churchDownload the 'walk round guide' for St George's Hampshire, Sussex & Surrey County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Hampshire, Sussex & Surrey. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
The Friends of St George's Church Esher
In 1963, a group of untiring and enthusiastic parishioners raised private funds and covenants for the restoration of the unused parish church. In 1986, when the building was vested in the Redundant Churches Fund (now The Churches Conservation Trust ) the Friends of St George’s was set up as a charity.
Its aims, with the support of The Churches Conservation Trust, include the preservation of the building and the historical and architectural heritage that exists in it. Today, the Friends main activities are raising funds to heat the building and investing in furnishing and appointing the interior as an arts venue for the community.
They also volunteer as church guides. With such an important royal residence as Claremont nearby the building has a fascinating history.
Useful local links:
- Visit Surrey tourism website: www.visitsurrey.com
- Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty information: www.surreyhills.org
- Surrey History Centre: www.surreycc.gov.uk
- East Surrey Family History Society: www.eastsurreyfhs.org.uk
- West Surrey Family History Society: www.wsfhs.org
- Surrey Archaeological Society: www.surreyarchaeology.org.uk
- Surrey Churches Preservation Trust: www.surreychurchespreservationtrust.org