Church of St Peter & St Paul, Church Street, Godalming, Surrey

The name of Godalming in Surrey is said by some to have originated from a founding father called Godhelm. Whether this is speculation or has some factual content, the name appears to be unique in the world. Noted in the past for being one of the first Surrey villages to be lit by electricity, the railway arrived in 1845 and today it is very much a commuter town for London.

Godalming probably had an early church on the same position as the present one. In St Peter & St Paul can be seen the oldest dateable man-made objects in Godalming, namely carved Anglo-Saxon stones of between 820-840. A second Church, parts of which still survive in the present fabric, dates from the late 10th or early 11th century. In the thirteenth century, the cruciform church of the Normans was converted into a rectangle by the construction of the north and south chapels and nave aisles. The original crown post roof over the chancel was build before 1400. The most important feature of this period was the construction of the oak-timbered spire, which was originally clad with 10 tons of lead. Two restorations of the church occurred during the 19th century, in 1840 and again in 1879. The former extended the nave westwards to the road, whereas the latter has left the church substantially as it is today.

The churchyard was closed to burials in 1855, with burials then taking place at the Nightingale Cemetery.

Those known to have been baptised here:
Robert Reffull, baptism date: 30/10/1641
John Reffull, baptism date: 10/10/1642
Robert Reffull, baptism date: 14/4/1644
Abraham Reffull, baptism date: 10/1/1646
Sarah Reffull, baptism date: 29/6/1651
William Reffull, baptism date: 17/10/1653
Elizabeth Reffull, baptism date: 3/11/1655
William Reffull, baptism date: 26/11/1674
John Reffull, baptism date: 10/3/1677
Nathaniel Reffull, baptism date: 5/5/1678
Elizabeth Reffull, baptism date: 14/12/1680
William Reffull, baptism date: 28/1/1682
Elizabeth Burchatt, baptism date: 3/10/1800
John Burchatt, baptism date: 26/3/1802
Mary Ann Burchatt, baptism date: 29/11/1803
Rebecca Burchatt, baptism date: 25/11/1807
Marie Twycross Burchatt, baptism date: 17/4/1814
Charles Burchatt, baptism date: 3/4/1816
Matilda Burchatt, baptism date: 21/10/1818
Edward Twycross Burchatt, baptism date: 29/1/1820
Daniel Charles Wyeth, baptism date: 15/12/1840
William Wyeth, baptism date: 29/12/1848
Matilda Wyeth, baptism date: 27/1/1847
Thomas Roberts Wyeth, baptism date: 16/2/1850

Those known to have been married here:
Robert Reffull and Sarah Wingham, marriage date: 22/4/1646
William Burchett and Ann Bowyer, marriage date: 28/8/1654
William Reffull and Dorothy Sturte, marriage date: 18/2/1676
Sarah Reffull and Robert Piper, marriage date: 14/10/1678
Thomas Burchatt and Ann Twycross, marriage date: 6/11/1799
Thomas Burchatt and Harriet Soal, marriage date: 9/3/1834

Those known to have been buried here:
John Reffull, burial date: 12/10/1642
Abraham Reffull, burial date: 19/5/1660
Nathaniel Reffull, burial date: 23/4/1661
Dorothy Reffull, burial date: 1/5/1685
Mary Burchatt, burial date: 15/3/1711
Richard Burchatt, burial date: 20/9/1714
Thomas Burchatt, age: 44, burial date: 26/4/1821
Maria Burchatt, age: 21, burial date: 28/6/1835
Mary Twycross, age: 81 burial date: 27/10/1836
Catherine Twycross, age: 48 burial date: 27/12/1838
Ann Burchatt, age: 63, burial date: 28/3/1840
John Twycross, age: 93 burial date: 14/8/1840
John Twycross, age: 27, burial date: 29/4/1847