With a short description and ten photos I hope to provide an portrait of the towns and villages of Surrey. This work will keep me busy for a long time, which is the purpose. Needing to visit places and take some reasonable photos means that it will be an occasional series.
First in the series of portraits is Pirbright. With two village greens, either side of the A324 that divides the village, a large wildlife pond with a variety of ducks, and an old established cricket ground makes Pirbright a place for visitors to enjoy. Two village pubs, the White Hart and The Cricketers on the Green can supply sustenance.
Pirbright is a parish in Guildford District. It has just under 4,000 inhabitants. Near the village is an animal diseases research establisment – Pirbright Institute, and an Army Training Centre – ATC Pirbright.
The well-tended green is part of Pirbright Common. In 1953 the Parish Council made an island in the pond, planted the willow and introduced the ducks. Baron Henry de Worms lived at Henley Park nearby and was created Lord Pirbright by Queen Victoria. He and his wife presented the hall and recreation ground to the village to commemorate the accession of King Edward VII in 1901.
The photos that follow aim to give a visual portrait of Pirbright. Begining the tour with a view of the village green and village sign.
Walking over the green to the village pond, there are benches to sit and watch the island home to ducks, geese, moorhens, many of which enjoy wandering over the green.
Turn left to walk to the cricket green where, at weekends, Pirbright Cricket Club play.
To your left is Lord Pirbright’s Hall, built to commemorate the accession of King Edward VII in 1901. Click on the images to expand to read the inscription over the door, and on the drinking fountain statue, presented to the village by Lord Pirbright in 1897 in celebration of Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee.
Cross over the road into The Green, surrounded by historic houses.
A short walk beyond into Church Lane will bring you to a churchyard with a large Dartmoor granite memorial to Henry Morton Stanley, of ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume’ fame with.
The memorial is in the churchyard of St Michael and All Angels Church. This ends my brief portrait of Pirbright.