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 ST MARTIN'S CHURCH OFFICE at The Christian Centre, St Martin's Church, Church Street, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1DW
THE OFFICE IS OPEN FOR VISITORS ON WEEKDAY MORNINGS BETWEEN 10 A.M. AND 11.30 A.M. Phone messages and emails are monitored.
Telephone: 01306 884229 Other enquiries can be submitted through our Get in touch page below.
FOR NEWS OF CURRENT ACTIVITIES PLEASE CLICK ON monthly newsletter to the left of this page.
(PLEASE NOTE THAT ON A TABLET THIS WEBSITE IS BEST VIEWED IN LANDSCAPE FORMAT)
Details of Clergy and PCC ‘Management’ officers can be found in the Newsletter.
We have an associated website www.ranmorewarmemorial.info which was inspired by the names of the men "who went forth from this parish at the call of duty and fell in the Great War" who are listed on the memorial plaque on the wall of the nave in the church. It also contains background information on the Denbies Estate and the Cubitt family. This can be accessed from the OUR WEBSITE link on the St Barnabas Ranmore page above
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 panel to the left.