Church of St James, The Square, Shere, Surrey

The parish of Shere is firmly entwined in the history of the Reffell family. The descendents of this branch of the family spread out into many areas of the United Kingdom and beyond. Some were the originators of the breweries in the family and were present in the area up until fairly recently. Others led onto the large London-based branch of the family.

St James’ Church is close to the Pilgrims Way between Winchester and Canterbury, and there was a reference to a church at this location on the banks of the Tillingbourne stream in the Domesday Book of 1087. The present church dates from around 1190 and is a fine example of the Early English style known as Transitional.

In the 14th century a cell was built on the outside of the north wall, and in July 1329 the ‘Anchoress of Shere’ lived in the small space for three years for some ‘nefarious sin’ that history has not passed down to us. The cell no longer exists, but a built-up archway can still be seen here.

The village of Shere, often called ‘the prettiest village in Surrey’ is a magnet for tourists and can be very busy at times. The small streets are often clogged up with traffic, but it remains a jewel in a lovely area of the country.

Those known to have been baptised here:
Richard Reffold, baptism date: 30/8/1690
Ann Reffeld, baptism date: 30/5/1777
Elizabeth Reffeld, baptism date: 10/8/1779
Ann Reffeld, baptism date: 21/5/1780
Sarah Reffeld, baptism date: 7/11/1780
John Reffeld, baptism date: 19/12/1781
Catherine Reffeld, baptism date: 16/7/1784
Joseph Reffeld, baptism date: 30/6/1786
Henry Reffeld, baptism date: 19/6/1789
Martha Reffeld, baptism date: 15/5/1791
James Reffeld, baptism date: 17/10/1794
William Reffell, baptism date: 19/8/1807
John Reffell, baptism date: 14/12/1808
Elizabeth Reffell, baptism date: 1/11/1814
Mary Ann Reffell, baptism date: 25/2/1816
Henry Reffell, baptism date: 12/10/1817
Caroline Reffell, baptism date: 21/7/1819
William Joseph Reffell, baptism date: 11/2/1823
Eliza Reffell, baptism date: 9/5/1824
Harriet Reffell, baptism date: 10/5/1829
Jane Elizabeth Reffell, baptism date: 25/5/1837
Mark King, baptism date: 20/5/1852
Caroline Elizabeth King, baptism date: 1/4/1853
Josephine Lavinia Reffell, baptism date: 11/11/1857
William Joseph Reffell, baptism date: 25/4/1859
Kate King, baptism date: 25/11/1860 Age: 6
Fanny King, baptism date: 25/11/1860 Age: 3
Charles King, baptism date: 25/11/1860
Alfred John Reffell, baptism date: 13/3/1861
Rosa King, baptism date: 28/6/1866
Flora Augusta Reffell, baptism date: 19/7/1866
Walter Arthur Reffell, baptism date: 7/4/1868
Charles Arthur Reffell, baptism date: 12/8/1870
Hilda Lavinia Reffell, baptism date: 3/8/1889
Mabel Bertha Reffell, baptism date: 29/11/1891

Those known to have been married here:
William Reffell and Hannah Smith, marriage date: 11/11/1779
Caroline Reffell and Mark King, marriage date: 21/11/1848
Charles Arthur Reffell and Ada Caroline Farhall, marriage date: 5/4/1899
William Joseph Reffell and Frances Alice Norton, marriage date: 21/10/1885
William Joseph Reffell and Kate Maria Boorer, marriage date: 4/2/1890
Josephine Lavinia Reffell and Frederick William Cannon, marriage date: 18/1/1888

Those known to have been buried here:
Elizabeth Reffield, age: , burial date: 21/3/1775
Elizabeth Reffell, age: 28, burial date: 19/3/1779
John Reffeld, age: , burial date: 3/12/1788
James Reffeld, age: , burial date: 28/12/1794
John Reffell, age: 52, burial date: 7/6/1798
Ann Reffell, age: 52, burial date: 8/11/1807
Elizabeth Reffell, age: , burial date: 12/11/1807
Robert Reffell, age: , burial date: 4/12/1807
John Reffell, age: 5, burial date:
Sarah Ann Reffell, age: 41, burial date:
Frances Alice Reffell, age: 26, burial date:
Sarah Reffell, age: 41, burial date: 15/1/1822
Eliza Reffell, age: 3, burial date: 24/10/1827
John Reffell, age: 57, burial date: 5/2/1838
John Reffell, age: 63, burial date: 21/2/1853
Elizabeth Reffell, age: 75, burial date: 15/9/1865
William Joseph Reffell, age: 62, burial date: 2/1/1884
Frances Alice Dorothy Reffell, age: 10 days, burial date: 10/1887
Frances Alice Reffell, age: 25, burial date: 10/1887
Emma Lavinia Reffell, age: 78, burial date: 8/8/1906
Kate Maria Reffell, age: 40, burial date: 8/4/1909
Ada Caroline Reffell, age: 47, burial date: 25/5/1916
Charles Arthur Reffell, age: 58, burial date: 16/10/1928
William Joseph Reffell, age: 73, burial date: 23/8/1931
Alfred John Reffell, age: 72, burial date: 6/4/1933
Rosina Berth Reffell, age: 94, burial date: 10/12/1960
Charles Edward Fulcher Reffell, age: 63, burial date: 4/10/1972
Una Dorothy Anne Reffell, age: 86, burial date: 24/8/1999