Over the years I have gathered various bits of information about Merrow. The parish is situated just a few miles from Guildford. From about the late 1880s part of my family resided within the parish.
Back in 1996 when I started looking at the records for Merrow Surrey, the archives were split between three establishments
- Guildford Local Studies Library (GLSL) situated then on the top floor of the library. Here the parish records were held on microfilm
- Guildford Muniment Room (GMR) attached to part of Guildford Museum
- Surrey Records Office at Kingston Upon Thames
Once the Surrey Records Centre was built at Woking, all three archives merged into one wonderful building!
This is an index of the material that I researched:
GMR 22nd May 1996
- Baptisms 1889-1921 – PSH/MER/4/2
- Marriages 1847 – 1929 – PSH/MER/3/2
- Burials 1896 – 1910 – PSH/MER/5/1
- Baptisms 1922 – 1948 – PSH/MER/4/3
- Burials 1911 – 1918 – PSH/MER/5/2
GMR 30th May 1996
- Marriages 1930 – 1939 – PSH/MER/3/3
- Burials 1887 – 1902 – PSH/MER/5/3 (This was a rough notebook of Burials and Baptisms and was transferred to the main Register)
- Marriages 1939 – 1949 – PSH/MER/3/4
- Marriages 1946 – 1952 – PSH/MER/3/5
School Admissions Records 1882- 1905 – PSH/MER/14/1
School Admissions Records 1913 – 1932 – PSH/MER/14/2
A Microfiche of the earlier Births, Marriages and Deaths (1538 – 1875) is available from the West Surrey Family History Society. Surrey Records are now available on Ancestry.co.uk
PSH/MER/4/2 – Transcribed 22nd May 1996
- 1890 27 July: Minnie Amelia dau of John and Amelia BEAGLEY of Merrow. Father’s occupation Labourer
- 1892 28 Feb: Lilian dau of John and Amelia BEAGLEY of Merrow. Father’s occupation Labourer
- 1895 14 April: Cecilia dau of John and Amelia BEAGLEY of Merrow. Father’s occupation Labourer
- 1895 11 Aug : Louisa dau of Henry and Mary BUTCHER of Merrow. Father’s occupation Gardener
- 1897 26 Dec : Ellen Mary dau of Henry and Mary BUTCHER of Merrow. Father’s occupation Labourer
- 1898 4 Sep: Harry son of Mary MATTHEWS of Merrow
- 1899 23 April: Charles Edwin son of Henry and Mary BUTCHER of Merrow. Father’s occupation Labourer
- 1901 27 Jan: Rosey May dau of Alfred and Rose ELSTONE, of High Path Road Merrow. Father’s occupation Labourer
- 1902 23 Feb: Minnie dau of Henry and Mary BUTCHER of High Path Road Merrow. Father’s occupation Labourer (Born 13 Oct 1901)
- 1904 25 Sep: Edith Minnie dau of Alfred and Rose ELSTONE of High Path Road Merrow. Father’s Occupation Labourer (Born 6 June 1904
- 1909 27 June: Lilian May dau of Alfred and Rose ELSTONE of High Path Road Merrow. Father’s occupation Labourer
- 1917 25 Feb: Louise Mabel dau of Alfred and Rose ELSTONE of High Path Road Merrow. Father’s occupation Labourer at Powder Mills
- 1919 20 April: Rosamald May dau of Frank Herbert and Catherine Jane MATTHEWS. Father occupation Police Officer at Merrow
- 1920 25 July: Lilian Alice dau of Albert and Louisa GOACHER of Merrow. Father’s occupation Labourer
- 1920 25 July: Alice Irene dau of Alfred and Rose ELSTONE of Merrow. Father’s occupation Labourer
- 1921 3 April: Monica Audrey Jean dau of Frank Herbert and Catherine Jane MATTHEWS. Father occupation Police Officer at Merrow.
PSH/MER/3/2 – Transcribed 22nd May 1996
- 1903 May 30, Albert Henry NEWTON, Aged 30 Bachelor of this parish. Labourer. Son of James NEWTON, Carter to Anna Maria BUTCHER, aged 32 Spinster of this parish. Daughter of John Butcher, Shoemaker. Both signed. Witnesses Kate Adelaide BUTCHER & Alice Marion NEWTON
- 1905 Dec 25, John Charles ALDER, aged 23 Bachelor of this parish. Soldier. Son of Daniel ALDER, gardener to Annie BUTCHER aged 22. Spinster of this parish. Daughter of Henry BUTCHER (Deceased, a general labourer). Both Signed. Witness Frank BLAKER and Lizzie BUTCHER
- 1907 May 18, William KNIGHT 45, Bachelor of this parish. Gardener son of George KNIGHT shepherd to Mary BUTCHER, 48 Widow. Daughter of James WEST (deceased labourer). William KNIGHT signed and Mary BUTCHER signed X. Witnesses George William and Mary HOUGHTON (X)
PSH/MER/3/2 – Transcribed 22nd May 1996
- 1897 16 Oct: Henry William BLAKE, 21 and bachelor. Labourer of Merrow. Son of William BLAKE to Mary BUTCHER, 19 and a spinster. Daughter of Henry BUTCHER, Labourer. Both Signed. Witnessed by Henry STONARD and Emily BUTCHER
- 1899 11 Feb: Alfred ELSTONE, 23 and a bachelor. Labourer of Merrow. Son of James, a Labourer to Rose BUTCHER, 19 and a spinster of Merrow. Daughter of Henry BUTCHER. Both Signed. Witnessed by Henry BAILEY and Annie BUTCHER
- 1900 1st Dec: John MATTHEWS, 25 and a bachelor. Labourer of Merrow. Son of John MATTHEWS and Mary Elizabeth ELSTONE, aged 21. Spinster of Merrow. Daughter of James ELSTONE, Labourer. Both Signed. Witnessed by Alfred ELSTONE and Eliza PARSLOW
PSH/MER/3/2 Transcribed 22nd May 1996
- 1847 3rd Jan: George BUDD aged 26, bachelor and Labourer of Merrow. Son of William BUDD to Hannah STEDMAN aged 21, spinster of Merrow. Both Signed.
- 1849 9th July: John NORMAN aged 23, bachelor and Labourer of Merrow. Son of John NORMAN, bricklayer to Sarah ELSTONE, aged 21, spinster of Merrow. Daughter of John ELSTONE Pensioner. Both Signed. Witnessed by James SMITH and Mary SMITH
- 1857 21st April: Richard DEWITT of Full Age. Bachelor. Occupation Nobleman’s steward, of Merrow. Son of Francis DEWITT, Farmer to Sarah ELSTON aged 20. Spinster. Of Clandon. Daughter of Farmer ELSTONE. Both Signed. Witnessed by Samuel ELSTON and Hannah ELSTON
- 1887 20th Feb: Henry MATTHEWS, aged 30, bachelor and Labourer of Merrow. Son of John MATTHEWS, Labourer (deceased) to Amelia SEAL, aged 30, Widow. Daughter of George PITT, Gardener. Both signed. Witnessed by George SHEPHERD & Martha SEAL.
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Sheffield Mill in 1740 was producing white & brown paper and the master
paper maker was Thomas BURCH.
There were two mills at the site of Sheffield Mill during the 18th C and
three by 1811.
Source – These snippets from Paper making in the British Isles by A H Shorter.
Photograph – Courtesy of R. Picken and taken 8th Feb 2013
About a year ago I completed a small project of transcribing a research notebook and placing it on line at this blog. A kind of experiment if you will. At the point it was completed I had not planned on adding to this blog. My main blog is over at
However, as we start the mammoth task of downsizing from our 4 bedroom house ready for sale I though that might be a good opportunity to add to this blog all those little slips of paper that seem to accumulate on my desk.
So, watch this space for various snippets!
Well, that it is, in just 17 posts I have transcribed the note book from the early years of my research, which was the point of the exercise.
The majority of the entries were written almost 20 years ago. In some cases they were thoughts and ponderings on what to check next. In other cases there were specific references that might or might not relate to my family. If they did connect to my ancestry I ordered a copy of the document.
What is ironic, is that some of those ponderings I am still having now – the example of that is the references to Elizabeth & James Butcher children of Daniel Butcher and his wife Elizabeth!
I do not anticipate that I shall add further to this particular blog as this notebook is now all transcribed and the book is looking to join my other old note books in the loft!
Thanks for travelling with me on this short journey!
Guildford Munimen Room – 20th Feb 1993
- 85/13/621-624 – Ordered and Rec
- LM 1036/33-61
- 2/7/1-6 – Bramshott Hampshire Records
- 65/4/12/13 – “Butchers Land”
LM= Loseley Manuscripts
Kingston Records Office – 22nd July 1995
Land Tax Records for Dunsfold and Hascombe
P41/2/46/13 – Send papers
P35/2/89 Alfold Settlement Examinations
Guildford Muniment Room Indexes – 4th Feb 1993
Albury – 86/2/32
Hascombe Park Hatch – 85/2/1/ (Number 96) sp 1814
Scotlands Farm Early Deeds 111/4/3
Park Hatch 5077/2
James Denyer Will – 2/31/7 Godalming 1817
Butchers Farm House – 91/3, 1/15/20, 123/4/9
Scotlands Farm Cranleigh (Cranley) 125/1/7-11, 1452/2
That concludes the front of the notebook. As I have always done, I also use the back of notebooks, working from the rear of the book inwards. In this case the pages reflect plans for archive visits on particular dates.
During the first 10 year of my research Surrey Archives were divided into three venues.
- Guildford Muniment Room (affectionately known as GMR) attached to the Museum
- Guildford Local Studies Library (GLSL) On the top floor of the Library at Guildford
- Records Office at Kingston Upon Thames
Following the building of the Surrey History Centre in Woking all three of the archives are now placed under one roof, which is wonderful. Many of the document reference numbers that I have from those early days are the same, making it easier to retrace research steps if needed.
The Muniment Room held a wonderful index within the confines of some lovely wooden cabinets. The data was noted on index cards and recorded names of families, places, houses, buildings and businesses. This was in addition to the main catalogue and I struck lucky several times!