St Thomas of Canterbury, East Clandon

    At the heart of the small village of East Clandon lies its beautiful, historic church. It is likely that there had been churches on the site of St Thomas of Canterbury in East Clandon since 600AD. However, construction of the present building only started soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066 as Chertsey Abbey celebrated the rewards it had gained from supporting William the Conqueror. Following the murder of Thomas à Becket – the ‘turbulent priest’ of Canterbury- the Benedictine monks changed the designation of the church in 1220 and rededicated it to the new saint – St Thomas of Canterbury. Post code: GU4 7RY