St Anne's Church is about 130 years old, built in the hey-day of Victorian church building to a neo-gothic style. Bagshot had separated from Windlesham village to become its own ecclesiastical parish in 1874 and the Church was built ten years later, largely with the patronage of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, who lived near-by in Bagshot Park. It was consecrated in April 1884.
The attractive building is red brick with stone detail under a slate roof. There is a bell tower with a peal of 8 bells. It is grade II listed and situated in a conservation area. In addition to the main altar, there is a second altar forming what is known as the 'Stuart Chapel' in memory of an early vicar of the parish.
A new Church Centre was built behind the church in 2005/6 and formally opened by the Bishop of Guildford in June 2006. It provides meeting space, facilities for the Sunday School, toilets, kitchen and office. The building has been designed to reflect the style of the church construction and its facilities are fully accessible. It is joined to the main church by a glazed lobby.
No one knows why our church has St Anne as its Patron Saint. The village had a chapel dedicated to St Anne before the present church was built, and it is assumed that the name was carried over to the new building on its new site.
You can find a lot more about the role played in the historic life of this village on the pages of the Bagshot Village website.
The church grounds also house the Bagshot village war memorial which you can see in the foreground of the colour photo. More information about it and the men of Bagshot memorialised on it can be found here.
Family History research:
Our old Parish Records are held by the Surrey History Centre and are available online. There are no burials in the church grounds, Bagshot's cemetery (now closed to new internments) is in Chapel Lane and is managed by the local council. For more information please see here.
St Anne's Guide Book
If you are interested in our guide book please click here.