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Chertsey Parish


Chertsey was a large mediaeval parish in Godley Hundred centred around the abbey. The parish was divided into several tithings, which included Addlestone, Woodham, Botleys and Ham or Hamme. Some of these settlements have now become modern parishes in their own right. The parish registers of Chertsey commenced in 1606.


Chertsey has long been famed for its tilemaking, which appears originally to have been associated with the abbey. With local sources of clay it is not surprising that the industry later expanded to include the manufacture of roof tiles, bricks and pottery.


David Barker of the Addlestone Historical Society has contributed two articles to this website which firmly connect the Borderware potteries of the Blackwater Valley with Chertsey and it surrounding settlements:


Victory Park Pottery in Addlestone and

Hamme alias Ham, Chertsey, and Weybridge Wharfs, A Borderware Connections?


The original connection between Chertsey and Borderware was made by the discovery in the will of Herman Reynolds, the immigrant Farnborough potter that a substantial proportion of the cash in Reynold's eatate was held by Henry Brooke of Chertsey. Peter Tipton has researched Henry Brooke hoping to find out whether his role was as a banker or distributor of Borderware, but so far this research is inconclusive


David Barker posed the question QB7 in [BorderwareNotesQueries|Borderware Notes & Queries: Is it likely that the Borderware pottery made in Chertsey in the early 17th century was connected with the known tilemaking and brickmaking industry? The first reply from Peter Tipton was a review of wills of Chertsey Tilemakers, but found only a single will of a potter, John Watts 1682 and tried unsuccessfully to connect him back to the Watts family who provided two husbands to Herman Reynold's two daughters. The second reply considered whether the Thayer family had been recent immigrant potters from Germany, and the third reply considered who was the tileman Warde of Chertsey found in the accounts of Ashley House.


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