Place:Banstead, Surrey, England

Coordinates51.317°N 0.2°W
Located inSurrey, England
See alsoEpsom Rural, Surrey, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1933
Reigate and Banstead (district), Surrey, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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Banstead is a residential town/village in the borough of Reigate and Banstead in Surrey, England, on the border with London, south of Sutton, west of Croydon and south-east of the administrative hub of the county council at Kingston-upon-Thames, a 'major metropolitan centre' of London. The county town, Guildford is west south-west.

On the North Downs, Banstead is on three of the four main compass points separated from other settlements by open area buffers with Metropolitan Green Belt status. Echoing its much larger historic area and spread between newer developments, Banstead Downs is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Regarding its "town status", Banstead has never had the right to a regular (traditional) market; however it forms a post town.

Supporting interpretation as a village, one of its wards currently used is "Banstead Village". The ecclesiastical parish was abolished when its Urban District was created. Both included many outlying parts not only the part currently still associated heavily with today's village, Nork which contains Banstead station, is dependent on the amenities of Banstead and is included in for example county-level population analyses of Banstead.

Non-commercial in most areas of the economy, the nearest industrial or business areas are in the three more remote, urban towns above, as well as the closer Reigate-Redhill conurbation to the south, Sutton and Cheam to the north and Epsom, Leatherhead and Worcester Park to the west.

Banstead was a civil parish in the Epsom Rural District from 1894 until 1933. It comprised the better part of Banstead Urban District from 1933 until 1974, and has been located in the Reigate and Banstead District since 1974. The urban district also contained the settlements of Chipstead, Kingswood, Walton on the Hill and Woodmansterne.

A nineteenth century description

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Banstead from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"BANSTEAD, a village and a parish in Epsom [registration] district, Surrey. The village stands under the SW side of Banstead Downs, 4 miles E of Epsom; and has a post office under Epsom, a [railway] station, and a police station. The parish comprises 5,518 acres. Real property: £7,214. Population: 1,461. Houses: 275. The property is subdivided. Banstead Park is a seat belonging to Mr. Yong; and Burgh House, in the neighbourhood, is the seat of the Earl of Egmont. Banstead downs rise to the height of 576 feet; command extensive views; and are famous for coursing, for hunting, and for fine sheep pasturage.
"Here, said Pope,
To Hounslow-Heath I point, and Banstead Down,
Thence comes your mutton, and these chicks my own.
"The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester. Value: £300. Patron: the Earl of Egmont. The church is chiefly perpendicular English; has a good tower, surmounted by a tall spire; stands on high ground, and serves well, for miles round, as a landmark. Charities, £39. The Banstead and Epsom Downs railway, from the Sutton station of the Croydon and Epsom, was authorised in 1862 and opened in 1865."

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