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The following is a list of the monastic houses in Surrey, England.

Alien houses are included, as are smaller establishments such as cells and notable monastic granges (particularly those with resident monks), and also camerae of the military orders of monks (Knights Templars and Knights Hospitaller). Monastic hospitals are included where they had the status or function of an abbey, priory, friary or preceptor/commandery.

Abbreviations and key
Status of remains
Symbol Status
None Ruins
* Current monastic function
+ Current non-monastic ecclesiastic function (including remains incorporated into later structure)
^ Current non-ecclesiastic function (including remains incorporated into later structure) or redundant intact structure
$ Remains limited to earthworks etc.
# No identifiable trace of the monastic foundation remains
~ Exact site of monastic foundation unknown
Identification ambiguous or confused

Locations with names in italics indicate possible duplication (misidentification with another location) or non-existent foundations (either erroneous reference or proposed foundation never implemented) or ecclesiastical establishments with a monastic name but lacking actual monastic connection.

EH English Heritage
LT Landmark Trust
NT National Trust

Foundation Image Communities & provenance Formal name or dedication
& Alternative names
OnLine references & location
Almners Priory AlmnersPriory.JPG 17th century priory

51°23′25″N 0°31′53″W / 51.3902085°N 0.5314744°W / 51.3902085; -0.5314744 (Almners Priory)
Bermondsey Abbey Historical county location. See List of monastic houses in London
Bermondsey Minster Historical county location. See List of monastic houses in London
Chertsey Abbey ChertseyAbbey Wall.JPGAbbeyHouse Chertsey.JPG Saxon Benedictine? monks
founded 666;
destroyed in raids by the Danes c.872
Benedictine monks
refounded before 964;
dissolved 1537
The Abbey Church of Saint Peter, Chertsey

51°23′37″N 0°30′06″W / 51.3935216°N 0.5015463°W / 51.3935216; -0.5015463 (Chertsey Abbey)
Guildford Blackfriars FriaryShoppingCentreGuildford.jpg Dominican Friars (under the Visitation of London)
founded 1275 by Queen Eleanor of Provence, widow of Henry III;
proposal by Edward III to refound as a Dominican nunnery never transpired;
dissolved 1538;
site now occupied by 'The Friary' shopping centre
St Dominic?

51°14′12″N 0°34′35″W / 51.236559°N 0.576297°W / 51.236559; -0.576297 (Guildford Friary (site))
Guildford Friars de Ordine Martyrum Friars de Ordine Martyrum
founded 1260;
possible Polish congregation of Crutched Friars;
dissolution unknown

51°13′54″N 0°35′00″W / 51.2316194°N 0.5834609°W / 51.2316194; -0.5834609 (Guildford Friars de Ordine Martyrum)
Guildford Crutched Friars (?) alleged house of Crutched Friars
possibly identical with Polish Crutched Friars house (see immediately above)
St Cross?

51°13′54″N 0°35′00″W / 51.2316190°N 0.5834600°W / 51.2316190; -0.5834600 (Guildford Crutched Friars)
Horne Priory Carthusian monks
projected: king's licence granted to Mary de St Paul, Countess of Pembroke c.1345 to endow and build a house for Carthusians, appears not to have been completed
Hourne Priory
Horsley Priory Benedictine nuns
supposedly at Rowbarnes, East Horseley;
dissolution unknown

51°15′25″N 0°27′13″W / 51.2569532°N 0.4536742°W / 51.2569532; -0.4536742 (Horsley Priory)
Laleham Abbey |Laleham Abbey - - 344144.jpg Benedictine monks
founded 13th century;
The Community of St Peter the Apostle (Westminster)

Leatherhead Priory (?) PrioryCottageLeatherhead.JPG Cistercian monks
alleged monastery, founded 1263; incorporated into house called 'The Priory'; evidence lacking

51°17′31″N 0°19′41″W / 51.2919203°N 0.3281763°W / 51.2919203; -0.3281763 (Leatherhead Priory (alleged))
Merton Priory Historical county location. See entry under List of monastic houses in London
Newark Priory Newark Priory ruins.jpg possible hospital
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded c.1189 (during or before the reign of Richard I) by Ruald de Calva and his wife Beatrice;
dissolved 1539; granted to Sir Antony Brown 1544/5
The Priory Church of The Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Thomas a Becket, Newark
Adbury Priory;
Aldebury Priory

51°18′32″N 0°30′25″W / 51.308937°N 0.506810°W / 51.308937; -0.506810 (Newark Priory)
Oxenford Priory (?) Benedictine nuns
foundation unknown;
manor belonged to Waverley (from before 1147), "no trace of separate foundation",
dissolved after 1305(?)

Reigate Priory ReigatePrioryMuseum.JPG hospital founded 1217-1235 by William de Warren, Earl of Surrey;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded 1235;
also given as Crutched Friars (possibly Flemish branch, or earlier Fratres Cruciferi 'Augustinian Hospitallers')
dissolved 1535; granted to William Lord Howard 1541/2;
conventual buildings largely demolished and replaced by a house 1541;
rebuilt as a Palladian mansion 1771;
since 1948 in use as a school located in public Priory Park, with a public museum

51°14′08″N 0°12′23″W / 51.2354268°N 0.2064523°W / 51.2354268; -0.2064523 (Reigate Priory)
Richmond Friary (Greyfriars and Austin Friars) Historical county location. See List of monastic houses in London
Sheen Priory Historical county location. See List of monastic houses in London
Sheen Friary Historical county location. See List of monastic houses in London
Syon Priory Historical county location. See List of monastic houses in London
Southwark Priory Historical county location. See List of monastic houses in London
Tandridge Priory TandridgePriory.jpg hospital founded 1189 by Odo de Dammartin, possibly ceasing to exist 1218-22;
Augustinian Canons Regular
founded after(?) 1218 (c.1200);
dissolved 1538 (1537); granted to John Rede 1537/8
The Priory Church of Saint James, Tandridge
Tanregge Priory

51°15′14″N 0°01′38″W / 51.2537687°N 0.0271627°W / 51.2537687; -0.0271627 (Tandridge Priory)
Tooting Bec Priory Historical county location. See List of monastic houses in London
Wanborough Grange WanboroughGreatBarn.JPG Cistercian monks
grange of Waverley, founded 1130;
dissolved 1536;
barn restored 1997, owned by Guildford Borough Council, maintained by the Guildford Museum

51°13′54″N 0°39′48″W / 51.23157°N 0.6632°W / 51.23157; -0.6632 (Wanborough Grange)
Waverley Abbey Waverley Abbey 2007.JPG Cistercian monks
dependent on L'Aumône;
founded 24 November 1128 (or 28 October 1129, possibly when functional for full regular life) by William Giffard, Bishop of Winchester;
dissolved 1536; granted to Sir William Fitz William 1536/7; (EH)
The Abbey Church of Saint Mary, Waverley

51°12′00″N 0°45′33″W / 51.199996°N 0.759269°W / 51.199996; -0.759269 (Waverley Abbey)
Woking Monastery StPetersChurch OldWoking.JPG Saxon monastery
purported dependency of Peterborough
founded c.690 (in the time of Abbot Cuthbert)
granted to Peterborough by Brordar, and ealdorman, with the consent of Offa;
thought to have been destroyed in raids by the Danes 871
St Peter
Wockingas Monastery;
Wocingas Minster;
Old Woking Monastery;
Woking Minster

51°18′44″N 0°34′00″W / 51.3123389°N 0.5666059°W / 51.3123389; -0.5666059 (Woking Monastery)

The following establishments have no monastic connection:

  • Nutfield Priory — hotel in Nutfield, Surrey
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