Shalford, Surrey

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Oughtred was vicar(?) here, 1605-1610 (or 1603-1610 [1] or 1604-1608 [2]).

Shalford House was the home of the Godwin-Austen family. Henry Haversham Godwin-Austen (1834-1923) was of this family though he was actually born in Teignmouth. Entered Sandhurst in 1848 and developed a talent for map-making. From 1852 to 1877, he was in and near India, surveying and mapping great regions of the Himalayas and discovering their glacier system. From 1860, he was part of the Trigonometrical Survey of India. Though he was not the first to discover K2, the second highest mountain in the world, he was the first to explore and map the area around it and it is unofficially named for him. Ill health forced his return to England in 1877. FRS, 1880. Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, 1910. Died at Nore, Godalming, near Shalford.

Shalford Mill was presented to the National Trust by a Godwin-Austen in 1932.

There are memorials to the family in St Mary's church, but I don't know if our man is commemorated. [3]; [4]

References (show)

  1. Lenihan, John. Science in Action. The Institute of Physics, Bristol, 1979. p.127
  2. Stander, D. Makers of modern mathematics: Joseph Liouville. Bull. Inst. Math. Appl. 24 (1988) 59-60. (3)
  3. Dictionary of National Biography
  4. Palmer, Derek. Surrey Rambles Ten country walks around Surrey; Countryside Books, Newbury, Berkshire, 1987, p.24.

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