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St Peter and St Paul

Shere,

Worship eventually stopped at this ancient church in the 1840s. This followed a long period during which two owners of the estate, by a mixture of unscrupulous legal tactics and harassment, obliged the occupants of the village to move to the nearby hamlet of Weston. A subsequent owner, Henry Drummond, was the person who actually closed the church, after having built a large chapel (known as the Catholic Apostolic Church) close by for a religious sect he supported. He also built a brand new church for the people of Weston. The village was renamed Albury. The 'Old Church', as it is known, has a Saxon core, on which was built a Norman church. The Norman tower preserves a small Saxon window and Saxon stonework. The eccentric looking dome on top of the tower was added in the early 19th century. Apart from the tower, most of the church dates from the 13th and 14th centuries, with the addition of a handsome north porch in the 15th or 16th century. Dominant within the church is the Drummond Chapel, created by Augustus Pugin, one of the most original and inspired architects of the first half of the 19th century, for Henry Drummond. The chapel is a dazzling display of colour and decoration, from the stained glass to the floor tiles, and from the painted ceiling to the sculpture and painting on the walls.

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