TQ1763 : The Grapsome

taken 5 years ago, near to Claygate, Surrey, Great Britain

The Grapsome
The Grapsome
The Grapsome is a small copse immediately to the west of the Esher By-pass (A3). The Grapsome is believed to be the site of a medieval manor, probably dating from before the Norman Conquest. The name may be of Old English origin, signifying the nick-name of the owner. In medieval times it was called 'Graplingeham', then over the centuries this altered to 'Grapham', then 'Grapson' and finally to 'The Grapsome'. On the First Edition Ordnance Survey Map of 1865, The Grapsome is clearly marked as deciduous woodland, but the present woods are a small fraction of their former size, the most recent reduction being in 1974/5 by the construction of the Esher By-pass through the eastern half.
A bridleway from Chessington passes under the A3 and then through the middle of The Grapsome on its way to Claygate. This view looks away from the bridleway with the woodland of The Grapsome on the left and the embankment of the Esher By-pass to the right.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 25 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Thursday, 26 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1702 6366 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:21.5980N 0:19.2403W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1701 6364
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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