infobox UK place
country = England
population = <3,000
region= South East England
constituency_westminster= Mole Valley
postcode_district = GU5
The village of Gomshall is bisected by the A25 running west to
Guildfordand east to Dorking. Neighbouring villages include Shere, Albury, Abinger Hammerand Sutton Abinger. The North Downs Wayis just north of the village. Gomshall is within the census area called "Shere" which has a population of 3,359. [ [http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=7&b=800076&c=GU5+9LA&d=16&e=15&g=490542&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779 Census data] ]
Gomshall is part of
Shere civil parish. [ [http://www.guildford.gov.uk/GuildfordWeb/Council/ParishCouncils/Shere.htm Shere parish council] ]
River Tillingbourneruns through Gomshall and there is Gomshall railway station.
The Manor of Gumesele was a Saxon feudal landholding which originally included the present day Gomshall. [ [http://www.ewhursthistory.com/v2/resources/index.php Ewhurst History Society] ]
Gomshall appears in
Domesday Bookof 1086 as "Gomeselle". It was held by William the Conqueror. Its domesday assets were: 1 mill worth 3s 4d, 20 ploughs, convert|3|acre|m2 of meadow, woodlandworth 30 hogs. It rendered £30. [ [http://www.gwp.enta.net/surrnames.htm Surrey Domesday Book] ]
Henry II of Englanddivided the Manor of Gumesele into three: West Gomshall, East Gomshall and Somersbury. In 1240, West Gomshall was granted to the CistercianAbbey of Netleyin Hampshireand became known as Gomshall Netley. East Gomshall was granted to the Abbey of St Mary Graces, Tower Hill, Londonin 1376 and became known as Gomshall Towerhill.
For the 1380
Poll Tax, Gomshall had 267 names registered. The occupations written beside the names show land-holders and the usual country crafts but also a high proportion of skills relating to the wooltrade; there were spinners and weavers, fullers and pelterers and many tailors. At this time one of the Gomshall manors was held by the Abbey of Netleynear Southampton. [ [http://www.moodmusic.co.uk/historyofshere.htm History report] ]
Local industries developed which were based on the plentiful and constant water supply of the River Tillingbourne. Those which survived into the 20th century, but are now gone, were
corn milling, watercressgrowing and leather tanning. Gomshall Mill was the corn mill. Netley Mill pumped water for the Hurtwood Water Company for part of its existence.
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