"MICKLEHAM, (or Littleborough), a parish in the second division of the hundred of Copthorne, county Surrey, 2½ miles N. of Dorking, its post town, and 2 S.E. of Leatherhead. The village, which is small, is situated on the river Mole under Box Hill and Mickleham Downs. It is mentioned in Domesday Survey as Micleham, at which time it was held by Bishop Odo. It consists principally of one street of well-built houses and a few scattered villa residences. During the summer months the bed of the river may be crossed in certain places. From the top of Box Hill, so called from the box trees planted on its southern declivity by the Earl of Arundel, in the reign of Charles I., a fine view is obtained. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £425.
The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Winchester, value £440. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, was built prior to the conquest, and was restored in 1823. It has a low square tower crowned with a spire, and contains a clock and three bells- The interior is beautifully fitted up, and the chancel divided from the nave by an oak screen. The pulpit is of oak with carved panels, and there are several stained windows. The register dates from 1549. The parochial charities produce about £4 per annum. There is a National school for both sexes. In the vicinity of Boxhill, about 1½ mile S.E. of the village, are numerous places called "Swallows," which have communication with the river Mole. Norbury Park, the principal residence, is situated on rising ground, the river Mole flowing through its grounds. The Roman way Stane Street from Sussex passed over Mickleham Downs, and there are remains of an ancient chapel at Chapel Farm.
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
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