11 Facts About Betchworth


Betchworth is a village and civil parish in the Mole Valley district of Surrey, England.

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Betchworth lay within the Wotton hundred and appears in two entries in the Domesday Book as Becesworde, held by Richard Fitz Gilbert, Richard de Tonebrige.

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Ownership of Betchworth Manor passed to Hamelin de Warenne, Earl of Surrey, who did villein service on Friday's Mead as Lord of Reigate and Betchworth in 1279.

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The six of the lime kilns along the Pilgrims' Way footpath in Betchworth are Scheduled Ancient Monuments, including Hoffman, Dietz and Six Flare kilns.

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St Michael's Church, Betchworth is Church of England, immediately northwest of the village green and is Grade I listed.

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Architecturally Grade II*-listed Betchworth House is the largest building in the village, excluding Hartsfield Manor Hotel on the opposite bank of the Sloughs brook, and was built by the lord of the manor in 1675.

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Betchworth is in the east of Mole Valley District Council area, in which the main town is Dorking.

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Soil of the area that forms the top of the Betchworth Hills is "free draining, slightly acid but base-rich soil" rather than "shallow, lime-rich soil over chalk or limestone" which dominates the middle of Box Hill.

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In 2001 Betchworth comprised 372 households and 12 vacant houses, shops and country businesses such as stone merchants and garden centres.

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Betchworth's economy is predominantly a service sector economy reflected by the low concentration at one end of the official categorisation table of occupation given, compiled from the 2001 census:.

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Public house in Betchworth is The Dolphin which is near the church and opposite the blacksmith.

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