Church of St James

The Square, Shere, Surrey

St James ShereThe parish of Shere is firmly entwined in the history of the Reffell family. The descendents of this branch of the family spread out into many areas of the United Kingdom and beyond. Some were the originators of the breweries in the family and were present in the area up until fairly recently. Others led onto the large London-based branch of the family.

St James' Church is close to the Pilgrims Way between Winchester and Canterbury, and there was a reference to a church at this location on the banks of the Tillingbourne stream in the Domesday Book of 1087. The present church dates from around 1190 and is a fine example of the Early English style known as Transitional.

In the 14th century a cell was built on the outside of the north wall, and in July 1329 the 'Anchoress of Shere' lived in the small space for three years for some 'nefarious sin' that history has not passed down to us. The cell no longer exists, but a built-up archway can still be seen here.

The village of Shere, often called 'the prettiest village in Surrey' is a magnet for tourists and can be very busy at times. The small streets are often clogged up with traffic, but it remains a jewel in a lovely area of the country.

Those known to have been baptised here:

Richard Reffold, baptism date: 30/8/1690

Ann Reffeld, baptism date: 30/5/1777

Elizabeth Reffeld, baptism date: 10/8/1779

Ann Reffeld, baptism date: 21/5/1780

Sarah Reffeld, baptism date: 7/11/1780

John Reffeld, baptism date: 19/12/1781

Catherine Reffeld, baptism date: 16/7/1784

Joseph Reffeld, baptism date: 30/6/1786

Henry Reffeld, baptism date: 19/6/1789

Martha Reffeld, baptism date: 15/5/1791

James Reffeld, baptism date: 17/10/1794

William Reffell, baptism date: 19/8/1807

John Reffell, baptism date: 14/12/1808

Elizabeth Reffell, baptism date: 1/11/1814

Mary Ann Reffell, baptism date: 25/2/1816

Henry Reffell, baptism date: 12/10/1817

Caroline Reffell, baptism date: 21/7/1819

William Joseph Reffell, baptism date: 11/2/1823

Eliza Reffell, baptism date: 9/5/1824

Harriet Reffell, baptism date: 10/5/1829

Jane Elizabeth Reffell, baptism date: 25/5/1837

Mark King, baptism date: 20/5/1852

Caroline Elizabeth King, baptism date: 1/4/1853

Josephine Lavinia Reffell, baptism date: 11/11/1857

William Joseph Reffell, baptism date: 25/4/1859

Kate King, baptism date: 25/11/1860 Age: 6

Fanny King, baptism date: 25/11/1860 Age: 3

Charles King, baptism date: 25/11/1860

Alfred John Reffell, baptism date: 13/3/1861

Rosa King, baptism date: 28/6/1866

Flora Augusta Reffell, baptism date: 19/7/1866

Walter Arthur Reffell, baptism date: 7/4/1868

Charles Arthur Reffell, baptism date: 12/8/1870

Hilda Lavinia Reffell, baptism date: 3/8/1889

Mabel Bertha Reffell, baptism date: 29/11/1891

Those known to have been married here:

William Reffell and Hannah Smith, marriage date: 11/11/1779

Caroline Reffell and Mark King, marriage date: 21/11/1848

Charles Arthur Reffell and Ada Caroline Farhall, marriage date: 5/4/1899

William Joseph Reffell and Frances Alice Norton, marriage date: 21/10/1885

William Joseph Reffell and Kate Maria Boorer, marriage date: 4/2/1890

Josephine Lavinia Reffell and Frederick William Cannon, marriage date: 18/1/1888

Those known to have been buried here:

Elizabeth Reffield, age: , burial date: 21/3/1775

Elizabeth Reffell, age: 28, burial date: 19/3/1779

John Reffeld, age: , burial date: 3/12/1788

James Reffeld, age: , burial date: 28/12/1794

John Reffell, age: 52, burial date: 7/6/1798

Ann Reffell, age: 52, burial date: 8/11/1807

Elizabeth Reffell, age: , burial date: 12/11/1807

Robert Reffell, age: , burial date: 4/12/1807

John Reffell, age: 5, burial date:

Sarah Ann Reffell, age: 41, burial date:

Frances Alice Reffell, age: 26, burial date:

Sarah Reffell, age: , burial date: 15/1/1822

Eliza Reffell, age: , burial date: 24/10/1827

John Reffell, age: 57, burial date: 5/2/1838

John Reffell, age: 63, burial date: 21/2/1853

Elizabeth Reffell, age: 75, burial date: 15/9/1865

William Joseph Reffell, age: 62, burial date: 2/1/1884

Frances Alice Dorothy Reffell, age: 10 days, burial date: 10/1887

Frances Alice Reffell, age: 25, burial date: 10/1887

Emma Lavinia Reffell, age: 78, burial date: 8/8/1906

Kate Maria Reffell, age: 40, burial date: 8/4/1909

Ada Caroline Reffell, age: 47, burial date: 25/5/1916

Charles Arthur Reffell, age: 58, burial date: 16/10/1928

William Joseph Reffell, age: 73, burial date: 23/8/1931

Alfred John Reffell, age: 72, burial date: 6/4/1933

Rosina Berth Reffell, age: 94, burial date: 10/12/1960

Charles Edward Fulcher Reffell, age: 63, burial date: 4/10/1972

Una Dorothy Anne Reffell, age: 86, burial date: 24/8/1999