The Crown Jewels project is an initiative of the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust. It brings together three of our most attactive and interesting heritage attractions which were built in the 8th,12th and 19th centuries. They are all close to each other which allows all three to be visited during the afternoon.
Our three Crown Jewels are free to visit and are open between 2pm and 5pm on the second Sunday of the month between May and October:-
Sunday 12th May 2019
Sunday 9th June 2019
Sunday 14th July 2019
Sunday 11th August 2019
Sunday 8th September 2019
Sunday 13th October 2019
St Andrew's Church
Just a short walk from the shops and restaurants of Cobham High Street, close to the river Mole, lies Cobham’s historic parish church of St Andrew.
The church dates from the middle of the 12th century and would have been the only stone building in Cobham. Many modifications and additions have taken place over time, especially heavy restoration during the 19th century. Parts of the original building still survive as do various features and artefacts from every period since that date.
Visitors to the church will be well rewarded. Make sure you view the treasures inside; the Norman doorway, the triangular-headed double piscine dating from the time of Edward I, a 15th century brass of an unknown priest holding a chalice and host, along with beautiful stained glass windows and Cobham’s World War I Memorial Chapel.
Down the centuries people have come together at St Andrew’s to be encouraged to take their faith out into daily life. What better way to spend a few minutes than to visit this historic building that reminds us of God’s love and care in the whole of our lives. St Andrew’s Church will give space and time to reflect and enjoy some peace.
Have you seen a horse with no legs or a damsel that chatters but cannot speak? If not, come and visit Surrey’s only working watermill here in Cobham.
The Domesday Book (1086) records that there were three mills in Cobham but the earliest reference at this site is in 1534. Since then, there have been several mills and one, probably wooden, was washed away by floods in 1799.
Two buildings were erected in its place, the larger being a 4-stone mill. This ceased commercial operation in 1928, and in 1953 was demolished so that Mill Road could be widened. The smaller mill, which remains today, was completed around 1822 to produce animal feed.
Throughout the 1980s several attempts were made to have the mill restored. Eventually, the work was carried out by the Cobham Mill Preservation Trust and, on 13th December 1992, the restored mill ground grain and produced flour for the first time in more than 60 years and continues to do so. Since restoration, the Trust cares and maintains the mill and the milling machinery. The Trust received Elmbridge Borough Council’s ‘Conservation Award’ in 1996, and in 1997 it was awarded the Surrey Industrial History Group’s ‘Conservation Plaque’.
St Mary's Church Stoke D'Abernon
Have you ever seen a Military Brass? Two of the oldest and finest Military Brasses in this country are to be found in Surrey's oldest church - St Mary's.
These brasses are memorials to Sir John D’Abernon the Elder who is believed to have died circa 1352 and Sir John D’Abernon the Younger who died between 1325 and 1350.
The great brass of Sir John the Elder is a magnificent life size image of him holding a lance as well as a sword. The detail of the chain mail armour and the shield (in copper) are very fine and still possess the original blue enamel which was applied in Limoges. The slightly smaller image of Sir John the Younger lies adjacent to his kinsman and shows the way in which armour developed from chain mail to the use of plate armour.
These are just two of the many outstanding features at St Mary’s which dates from Saxon times. Parish churches are England’s glory. They enshrine the history of a people - their art, architecture and faith and St Mary’s, Stoke D’Abernon is a perfect example. We look forward to welcoming you and sharing the beauty and serenity of our church with you.
Photos courtesy of Michael Meurisse LRPS, St Andrew's Church, St Marys's Church and Cobham Mill.