"ALBURY, a parish in the second division of the hundred of Blackheath, in the county of Surrey, 4 miles to the S.E. of Guildford. It is situated on a branch of the river Wey, at the foot of the great chalk ridge called Hog's Back Down, not far from the South Western railway. The prospect from Albury Hill is very fine, with the sea visible in the distance.
The living is a rectory,* in the diocese of Winchester, value £429, and was lately in the patronage of H. Drummond, Esq., M.P., of Albury Park. The church is dedicated to SS. Peter and Paul. It contains tombs of the Duncombes and Finches, former owners of the hall, and two remarkable pillars, eight-sided, on circular marble bases, taken from a Roman temple formerly existing here. Near the site of this temple are a ditch and rampart of an old intrenchment.
There are chalkpits, and a quarry of the Sussex marble in the parish. Some of the inhabitants are employed in Magnay's paper-mills. The rectory was once held by Bishop Horsley, and some of the Arundelian marbles were collected here."
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
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