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St Mary’s Church (formerly Church of St. Martin)

Gazetteer No. G0133

Date 1903

Address Pixham Lane Dorking, Surrey RH4 1PQ England


St Mary, Pixham Lane. An attractive village church by Lutyens, 1903, paid for by Mary Mayo as a chapel of ease to Dorking. Roughcast exterior with echoes of Philip Webb (the twin weatherboarded gables on the n side) and H. H. Richardson (massive round arch above the entrance doors of moulded brick with a radiating pattern in tiles and a central octagon of Ham Hill stone). Double bellcote. The interior was and remains dual-purpose, with a curtain to screen off the sanctuary when the nave is in use as a clubroom or nursery. Totally different treatment of the two parts: the nave has a big plain tunnel-vault in white plaster looking almost like concrete with the tall windows breaking upwards under dormers; the sanctuary, in Lutyens’s sweeter version of Bentley’s Westminster Cathedral style, has a beautifully proportioned dome on a square base, patterned with chalk, tiles and sandstone. Nave fireplace with arched overmantel inscribed as a memorial to the founder’s brothers. Lofty meeting room (n) with double-transomed stone windows. (O’Brien et al., 2022, p.584-5)


O’Brien, C., Nairn, I. and Cherry, B. (2022) Surrey. Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Also Cited In

Nairn, I., Pevsner, N. (1971) Surrey (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England). 2nd edn. Yale University Press.

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Miss Mary Mayo