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Cartbridge, Send
Grid reference: TQ028553
Location: 51°17’16"N, 0°31’35"W
Population: 4,138  (2001)
Post town: Woking
Postcode: GU23
Dialling code: 01483
Local Government
Council: Guildford
Mole Valley

Send is a village in Surrey. It is a somewhat scattered village, parts of it turning up on various roads, but perhaps the effect is enhanced by its position off the main through routes on the tangled lanes of Mid-Surrey.

Close by it too and of the parish is Sendmarsh. Other farmsteads or hamlets surrounding Send include Sendholme, Sendhurst and send Grove, these latter to the west and south in the bend of the river.

Send is surrounded by beautiful landscape ticked by the slow meanders of the River Wey, which are matched by the winding roads with little woods. Though apart from main roads, it is 6 miles south-west of junction 10 of the M25 motorway and a short way north-west of the A3 London to Portsmouth trunk road. The parish is bounded to the west and north by the River Wey and the Wey Navigation. The nearest railway station is at West Clandon but Woking is not much further and offers a better service. Nearby villages include Sendmarsh, Ripley, Ockham, Woking, Pyrford and West Clandon.

Send reputedly got its name as a corruption of the word sand, which was extracted until the 1990s for construction and other purposes at pits nearby.

Domesday Book entry

Send appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Sande. It was held by Rainald from Alvred de Merleburgh (Marlborough). Its assets were: 20 hides; 1 church, 10 ploughs, 2 mills worth £1 3s 6d, 5 fisheries worth 4s 6d, 84 acres of meadow, woodland worth 160 hogs. It rendered £15 10s 0d.[1]


St Mary The Virgin

St Mary the Virgin dates from around 1220. The nave was rebuilt and the tower added in around 1485.

The opening of the twenty-firt century saw some necessary, modest modification: a new kitchen and toilet facilities and a stone path in the churchyard in 2003. The church is a Grade-II* listed building and is the oldest building still in use in Send.

In January 2008 the church was voted Visitor/Leisure Attraction of the Year in the Guildford Life with Style [2] awards attracting 75% of the votes bizarrely and beating even the Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Wisley, Watts Gallery, Guildford Tour Guides and Surrey Hills Llamas.

Send Evangelical Church opened in May 1974 using a former Congregational chapel at Cartbridge, built in 1875.

War memorials

Though Send is a small village, it has three war memorials:[3]

  • A Celtic-style stone cross next to the Church Rooms on Send Road, for the fallen of both the World Wars
  • A brick memorial mounted with a wrought iron '1914 1918' in the memorial recreation ground near the corner of Send Road and Sandy Lane
  • A stone tablet on the north wall of the nave inside the parish church
Sendcourt Farm

On film and television

  • Jane Austen's "Emma", the BBC television adaptation, had scenes filmed here in 2009, filmed in and around the Parish Church.
  • The Mrs Bradley Mysteries in 1999 had scenes filmed in the churchyard.


HM Prison Send is a women's prison on the site of a former isolation hospital. It lies o the south, near Ripley.


  • Send United; the town's football club
  • Fishing on the River Wey and in the nearby sandpits
  • Sailing on Papercourt Lake

Send was the home of defunct 1950s Formula One and sports car manufacturer, Connaught Engineering.

The Concorde Cricket Club (formerly British Aerospace Cricket Club) are based at Sendholme on Potters Lane.[4] Sendholme is the birthplace of William Hargreaves Leese who went on to play for the Marylebone Cricket Club in the later part of the nineteenth century.[5]


Following flooding in Send Marsh in 2000, when 16 properties were flooded to a depth of 1m, causing £600,000 of damage, a five-month Environment Agency scheme costing £400,000 began in February 2007 to reduce the risk from the East Clandon stream. The stream was diverted in the 1870s for brick-making and could revert to its original course when flooded.[6]

Outside links

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