Ranmore: St Barnabas, Dorking
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Welcome to St Barnabas' Church on Ranmore Common which has been known for many years as "The Church on the North Downs Way". A few years ago Bishop Christopher [of Guildford] visited the church for the first time and remarked "I have discovered that I have another cathedral in the woods".
ST BARNABAS' CHURCH IS PART OF A UNITED BENEFICE WITH ST MARTIN'S CHURCH IN DORKING
TO DISCUSS MARRIAGES, BAPTISMS OR FUNERALS PLEASE CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE
Telephone: 01306 884229
Other enquiries can be submitted through our 'contact us' email address
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Details of the men commemorated on the war memorials to WW1 and WW2 can be found at website www.ranmorewarmemorial.info which also contains background information on the Denbies Estate and the Cubitt family. This can be accessed from the link to the right of the page.
The parish of Ranmore is sparsely populated and most of the small but faithful congregation come from surrounding parishes to experience the special spiritual ambience of this remarkable building, a gem of art and architecture. Most, but not all, services follow the Book of Common Prayer (the church is affiliated to the Prayer Book Society and the Royal School of Church Music) and new members are always welcome and we invite them to help us maintain the life and the fabric of this church.
The church was built in 1859 by George Cubitt MP who became the 1st Baron Ashcombe in 1892. His architect was Sir George Gilbert Scott who designed a 'High Victoriana' scaled-down cathedral to serve the people who worked on the Denbies Estate and a school in a similar style was built next door. A hundred years ago the number of people working on the estate and their families was counted as between 300 and 400 and a full time Rector looked after them living in the Rectory behind the trees opposite the church. The church is listed Grade II* and is virtually unchanged since 1859. A more detailed history of the church can be found in the “Brief History of the Church” in the ‘Pages and Links’ panel.
The current general concern about the risks of metal theft and vandalism mean that the church cannot be left open when it is unattended. We are happy to arrange visits for interested groups such as local history societies, NADFAS, U3A etc. and the Victorian Society have visited twice recently!
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