Historic Church Tours 2018 - Surrey Chapels and the Esher Princess - BOOKINGS CLOSED

19th July 2018
Member: £60.00
Non Member: £70.00
Meet at Leatherhead train station
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Uncover the story of Esher's Princess and much more, in picturesque Surrey.


Lumley Chapel, dedicated to St Dunstan, is the oldest building in Cheam and the first stop on our tour of Surrey’s historic chapels. The chapel is the only surviving structure from a larger 900 year-old building that stood on the same site and takes its name from John Lumley, a 16th-century Catholic aristocrat who refurbished the building as a burial place for himself and his two wives.

St George’s is Esher’s oldest public building, dating back to the 1540’s. Throughout its history, St George’s has welcomed illustrious worshippers such as royalty and Prime Ministers, all who lived on the nearby private estates. The story of Esher’s Princess, Charlotte of Wales, who lived at nearby Claremont House, is a tale of tragedy and one that will be unravelled during our tour here.

At St Mary’s, Stoke D’Abernon we will encounter some of the oldest memorial brasses in England. Substantial sections of the church have survived since at least the early 8th century with subsequent substantial additions, including the north aisle, made towards the end of the 12th century. Sir John Norbury built the Norbury Chapel during the reign of Henry VIII, possibly in thanksgiving for his role at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

Last, but by no means least, is the spectacular St Peter and St Paul’s, Albury. The church dates back to Saxon and Norman times with incredible interior features including spectacular medieval wall paintings, 15th-century memorial brasses and the magnificent South Chapel. This was remodelled by renowned Victorian architect, A W Pugin, and up close you can see the similarities between the remodelling of the chapel and arguably Pugin’s most memorable work, the interior of the Houses of Parliament.

Meeting point and timings: Meet at Leatherhead train station at 10.00, returning to the train station by 18.00.

What is included: One-day coach tours include lunch, entrance fees to non-CCT sites where applicable, and travel to and from the named station to each of the listed sites.

How to book: The easiest way to book is online, simply click on the ‘Book Now’ button above and complete the online booking process. Alternatively, download and print a booking form, returning it to us at ‘The Churches Conservation Trust, Society House, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL’, or call us on 0800 206 1463 (Mon-Fri; 09.30-17.00).

Once your booking has been processed, you will be sent a booking confirmation. Your tour itinerary, which will provide you with more detailed tour information including approximate timings of the day, will be sent to you 7-10 days before the start of the tour.

Please note: On all of our tours there is at the very least a fair amount of walking, quite often over worn and uneven surfaces. They are not suitable for anyone with difficulties with everyday walking and stair climbing. All tour details are correct at the time of publication. In the event that details are changed, guests will be notified as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns or questions relating to the tour then please call us on 0800 206 1463 or email us at [email protected].


Surrey Chapels and the Esher Princess FAQs

  • What is the tour capacity? We have enough room for 14 guests on this tour, so book early to avoid disappointment!
  • Where at Leatherhead train station will we be meeting? We will be meeting outside the main entrance on the bus stop side of the train station.
  • I would like to stay in the local area the night before. Are there any hotels near the train station that you would recommend? Travelodge Leatherhead is a short walk from the train station. For more hotels, see Visit Surrey’s website.
  • I am planning to drive to Leatherhead. What parking arrangements are available near the train station and how much does it cost to park? There is an Indigo-operated car park at the train station which has 227 spaces. The daily rate is £6.10.
  • How frequently do trains arrive and depart from Leatherhead train station? Direct services between Leatherhead and London depart from Waterloo and Victoria every 15-20 minutes. Leatherhead is also served by direct services from other stations including Dorking, Guildford and Horsham. For more information on times and fares please see National Rail Enquiries.
  • What are the lunch arrangements? We will be enjoying lunch at The Old Plough, Cobham.
  • Who will be the guide/lead on tour? So that we can deliver the highest quality experience in collaboration with the best local experts, we are not yet able to confirm who will be leading this tour. Once you have booked on, however, we will confirm with you who will lead this tour nearer to the start date.
  • How do I notify you of dietary requirements? You can notify us of any dietary requirements when making your booking over the phone or when completing a paper booking form. If we have not been able to capture your dietary requirements when making your booking then please email us at [email protected] or call us on 0800 206 1463.
  • What is the cancellation/refund policy? If you are no longer able to make the tour after booking then please let us know as soon as possible. If you cancel your booking more than one month before the tour start date, then you will be entitled to a full refund. If you cancel within one month of your tour then unfortunately we are not able to offer a refund, however we will do our best to offer you a place on another tour.


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