The streets of Burpham…

Moira MacQuaide’s history of Burpham

But it turned out that there are no streets! Roads, drives, lanes, ways, avenues, drives, etc, but no streets. 100 years ago there was only the London Road in Burpham, plus Burpham Lane, New Inn Lane, and Merrow Lane.

Map of Burpham (circa 1915)

London Road was the main, and very busy, route from London to Portsmouth, but until the early 20th century Burpham was made up of farmland and not much else. Housing developments from the 1920s onwards have brought some large estates, including Winterhill, New Inn, Weylea and Bowers Farms.

The roads on the New Inn Farm estate, begun in the 1950s, are often referred to as the Herb Estate, with many old herb names such as Coltsfoot, Burnet, Bryony, Fennell and Woodruff. Whereas many roads on the Weylea Farm estate, built in the 1980s, are named after past residents of the village, such as Sutherland Drive (the Duke owned Bower’s Mill), Elkins Gardens (after the brewing family), Turner Close (William and Emma ran the village shop), Gatley Drive (George and Percy were farmers), Pimm’s Close (William was a farmer). Some refer to trees, such as Elder Close and The Cedars.

Paddocks Estate 1930s

The Paddocks estate, Paddocks and Meadow Roads off Burpham Lane, was built in the 1920s, on the site of the Marlyn’s paddock and meadow. Further along is Howard Ridge, named after Roy and Percy, local builders. Clay Lane was built to replace the old Jacob’s Well Road, when the A3 was built, and refers to the heavy clay soil in the area. Bower’s Lane is part of the old road, now blocked for the A3 and after the hump-backed bridge, but giving access to Bower’s Mill.

Burpham crossroads (1930s)

There were no houses on New Inn Lane until the late 1920s when Glendale Drive was developed as part of the Winterhill Farm estate and the old brick works. Several roads in the area reflect the local flora, such as Hawthorne and Briar Ways, Great Oaks Park, Oak Hill, Oak Tree Close and Orchard Road.

Weybrook Park is the newest of the large estates, many of the road names reflect the type of farming on Bower’s Farm such as Dairyman’s Walk and Jersey and Guernsey Closes. Some relate to local farms including Lady-grove, Whipley Manor, Tithebarn and Hazelhurst. Newark refers to the Priory at Ripley; Ockley and Abinger are local villages; Cotts Wood is near West Clandon. Watersmeet means where two rivers meet, so probably where the Merrow stream flows into the River Wey.

One of the most recent developments is Wroth Place, named after Robert Wroth, who was MP for Guildford in the early 1700s and Lord of the Manor for Burpham. He sold the village to Lord Onslow, but there doesn’t seem to be anything named after that family.

There are lots of road names in Burpham that I can’t identify their source, if you know what your road is named after, then please let me know

If you are willing to share your memories and/or photos to tell us more about Burpham then please contact Moira MacQuaide, either by e-mail ( 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.