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Limpsfield is a village and parish in the east of the county of Surreymarker, Englandmarker near Oxtedmarker at the foot of the North Downsmarker. It lies between the A25 to the south and the M25 motorwaymarker to the north, near the Clackett Lane service station. It is near three important national rights of way: Vanguard Way, Pilgrims' Waymarker and Greensand Waymarker.

History

The village lay within the Anglo-Saxon administrative division of Tandridgemarker hundred.

Limpsfield appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Limenesfeld. It was held by the Abbot of Battle Abbey, Sussex. Its domesday assets were: 1 church, 1 mill worth 2s, 19 ploughs, 1 fishery, of meadow, woodland worth 150 hog, 2 stone quarries, 3 nests of hawks. It rendered £24.

The parish church of St. Peter was constructed in the late 12th century. There are over twenty medieval buildings within the parish.

The composer Frederick Delius is buried in the churchyard of the Norman parish church of St. Peter's, as is his wife Jelka. The Englishmarker orchestra conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham, is also buried there, only a few metres from Delius, whose music he supported and promoted. Another nearby grave is occupied by the cellist Beatrice Harrison, who lived locally in Oxted, and who worked closely with both Delius and Beecham.

Today

The village is in a conservation area and some of the surrounding area is National Trust land including Limpsfield Common. Staffhurst Wood is also within the parish boundaries and is notable for its bluebells in spring. Limpsfield Chartmarker, a hamlet to the south east of the village has a golf course and cricket club. Limpsfield itself has a cricket club, a soccer team and a tennis club.

The village is served by Oxted railway stationmarker.

Notable residents

Over time, the parish has been home to a number of notable residents:
  • Colin Cowdrey, former England cricket captain, resided in the village for many years.
  • The book illustrator Arthur Rackham lived and died in Pains Hill (a small hamlet to the south of Limpsfield village).
  • The big brother host, Davina McCall, spent much of her childhood in Limpsfield.


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