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The Mole in Betchworth
Grid reference: TQ211496
Location: 51°14’1"N, 0°15’59"W
Population: 919  (2001)
Post town: Betchworth
Postcode: RH3
Dialling code: 01737
Local Government
Council: Mole Valley
Mole Valley

Betchworth is a village in the heart of Surrey. It stands on the north bank of the River Mole, off the A25 road, equidistantly three miles between Dorking and Reigate.

The village is within the Reigate Hundred.

Betchworth appears in the Domesday Book as Becesworde. It was held by Richard de Tonebrige. Its Domesday Assets were: 2 hides; 1 church, 1 mill worth 10s, 4 ploughs, 3 acres of meadow, woodland and herbage worth 86 hogs. It rendered (in total): £8.[1]

Parish church

The parish church is St Michael’s, Betchworth. There has been a church on the Betchworth site now occupied by St Michael's for 900 years and in a pillar of the tower's south window, there remains a fragment of the stone Saxon church.

The south aisle chapel became known as the Hope Chapel after Henry Thomas Hope bought the Manor in 1838. Queen Victoria's surgeon, Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie lived and died at Broome Park, Betchworth. His estate which extended to the top of the hill included quarries served by a dedicated railway line, now Betchworth Station, after the railways began in 1847.

Betchworth Castle is a couple of miles west of Betchworth, close to Brockham.