Visit the Past in the Present
Walk where your ancestors walked and understand where your ancestors came from. Godalming is an historic town which has preserved its past and is home to over 200 listed buildings. Start your ancestral visit at the ancient Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, first established in the 9th Century, which until 1857 was the main burial site for Godalming. Records show that since 1583 over 16,160 people were buried at the church. From the Parish Church a short leisurely stroll along picturesque Church Street will take you past the Pepperpot (The Old Town Hall) to the Godalming Museum where the burial records for the Parish Church can be viewed.
Burials in Godalming from 1857 would have mainly been at Nightingale Cemetery and from 1900 at either Nightingale or Eashing Cemetery. Burial records for these cemeteries are held by the Godalming Joint Burial Committee who have made a copy available at the Godalming Museum Library. You may also Download the burial records for Nightingale & Eashing Cemeteries from the burial records page of this website.
Godalming, one of the prettiest towns in the Surrey Hills area of outstanding natural beauty, has an abundance of walks through delightful countryside, which take in many of the town’s wonderful attractions. Discover Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, who inspired the Jack Phillips Memorial which is dedicated to Jack Phillips, the radio operator aboard the RMS Titanic, who was born in the town. Many of Godalming’s listed buildings can be found in it’s delightful high street, which houses many independent shops, hostelries and other establishments where you can be sure of a warm welcome.