Moira McQuaide Hall’s history of Burpham
Now the oldest surviving building in Burpham, New Inn Farmhouse dates back to at least the 1600s, with later extensions and alterations. The origin of the name has been lost in the mists of time – was it an inn at some point or did the name reflect a new inn nearby?
It was shown on a map of 1690, but by the early 1700s it was a working farm, run by John Atfield. Lord Onslow bought most of the land in Burpham from Robert Wroth in about 1720 and continued to own it until the early 1900s. The farm land extended back from London Road to where the railway line is now and from New Inn Lane across to almost the Anchor and Horseshoes pub. It was quite common for one farmer to either own or rent farm land across wide areas and in 1841 William Francis Pimm, who owned Marlyn’s, farmed New Inn Farm as well as much of Weylea Farm and part of Bower’s Farm. By 1887 it was recorded as being part of Winterhill Farm.
In 1905 Lord Onslow put the farm up for sale and it was described as “An attractive dwelling house, built of brick with partly tiled walls and tile roofed. It included an attic, four bedrooms, bathroom, two boxrooms and WC on upper floor. On the ground floor there were two good sitting rooms, kitchen, scullery, dairy and larders. There was also a garden and orchard.” William Winzer was the last farmer to work New Inn Farm, from 1915 to about 1950. The land was sold to a developer in the early 1950s, who created a housing estate, with police houses, and George Abbot School. In later years the Church of the Holy Spirit, Burpham Homes and many more houses were also built on the old farmland. The farmhouse was sold in 1952, along with outbuildings including stables and “a small hovel”. Other farm buildings were sold separately.
In the late 1960s the farmhouse was sold again, described as “A 16th century old-world Surrey farmhouse…having quaint low beamed ceilings and brick fireplaces.” It was bought by Dr Derek Parkin, to be the doctor’s surgery for the next 20 years. Then Dr Leon Barbour bought the building and took over the surgery. After his retirement he continued to own the building but the surgery was run by other doctors, and latterly with the chiropractic clinic in one part of the house. Sadly, the surgery has now closed and there is no longer a GP in Burpham. Time will tell what happens next in the story of this historic building.
If you are willing to share your memories and/or photos to tell us more about Burpham then please contact Moira MacQuaide Hall, either by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone or text (07963 756543). My two books (‘The History of Burpham Primary School’ and ‘Burpham – A Gateway to Guildford’) are still available from me for £10 (free delivery locally) or on Amazon.