Wanborough Grange
Restored monastic barn of Wanborough Grange
LocationWanborough, Surrey
Coordinates51°13′54″N 0°39′48″W / 51.23157°N 0.66325°W / 51.23157; -0.66325Coordinates: 51°13′54″N 0°39′48″W / 51.23157°N 0.66325°W / 51.23157; -0.66325
Governing bodyGuildford Museum
OwnerGuildford Borough Council
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official nameBarn, 80 yards west of Church of St Bartholomew
Designated14 June 1967
Reference no.1029613
Wanborough Grange
Location of Wanborough Grange in Surrey

Wanborough Grange refers to an existing late medieval barn and formerly its surrounding monastic grange in Wanborough, Surrey, England.


The agricultural estate was owned by Waverley Abbey from 1130 to 1536, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, whereupon (as with most abbey lands) it passed to the Crown. It was added to the manor and wholesale awarded by Henry VIII to a major landowner, William Fitzwilliam, 1st Earl of Southampton, passing on his death to his half brother's family, the Browne baronets. It passed over generations through a succession of inheriting peers: Viscount Montagu, the Earls of Dirletoun and Annandale, the Duke and Duchesses of Hamilton. The latter sold it to the Colwall family who were related by a second marriage to the Onslow family that later became elevated to the title of Earl of Onslow, who was non-resident lord of the manor in 1910. Owing to the economic expansion of the Industrial Revolution and British Empire it became less of a revenue-generating source than previously. The nearby manor house became the grand home of Sir Algernon West in the years around 1910 when the Victoria County History was compiled by H. E. Malden.[1][2]

Barn of 1388

The historic barn was built in part in 1388, with a main core from the 15th-century and the roof still later. It is classed within the middle category of listed building, Grade II*.[3][4] It was restored in 1997, is owned by Guildford Borough Council, and is maintained by the Guildford Museum.[5]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 518740". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  2. ^ 'Parishes: Wanborough', in A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3, ed. H E Malden (London, 1911), pp. 374-375 http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/surrey/vol3/pp374-375 [accessed 24 April 2015].
  3. ^ "BritishPlaceNames.UK - a comprehensive gazetteer of every named place in Great Britain". www.explorebritain.info. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1029613)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  5. ^ "History of Wanborough Barn : Guildford Borough Council". www.guildford.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 13 June 2012.