Place:Byfleet, Surrey, England

Alt namesSanwaysource: settlement in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.35°N 0.483°W
Located inSurrey, England
See alsoGodley Hundred, Surrey, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Chertsey Rural, Surrey, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1933
Woking, Surrey, Englandurban district into which it was absorbed in 1933
Woking District, Surrey, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Byfleet is an inland "island" surrounded by waterways and its built-up part is a village of medieval origin. Today it is the most distant but contiguous suburb of the Borough of Woking in Surrey, England. Subsequently, residents are often referred to as 'Islanders'. Part, particularly the Sanway area, forms part of the Metropolitan Green Belt. Byfleet village takes up the far east of the borough and much of the land is within the widest gap between the Wey Navigation and the River Wey. Its western boundary is the M25 motorway where there is a major junction with the A3 road.

The village was in the Godley Hundred, a Saxon division for strategic and taxation purposes. Byfleet appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Byeflete.

Byfleet is an ancient parish. It was included as a civil parish in the Chertsey Rural District in 1894; it was added to the Woking Urban District in 1933 under a County Review Order, thus extinguishing its parish council. But Byfleet still constitutes a civil parish.

Twentieth Century History

Byfleet expanded considerably after the opening of the Brooklands Motor Circuit in 1907 and when major aircraft factories opened there during World War I.

The influence of the aircraft industry on the village's development continued between the wars and during World War Two. Most of the new aeroplanes built at Brooklands took off over the centre of Byfleet on their first flights.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Byfleet.

Surrey Research Tips


Administrative boundaries of the county of Surrey (Surrey History Centre. The centre has a website with a number of useful indexes--titheholders in various parishes, deaths at the county gaol, etc.)

Registration Districts

  • Registration Districts in Surrey from their introduction in 1837 to the present. By drilling down through the links you can follow any parish through the registration districts to which it was attached.

GENUKI provisions

The website GENUKI provides a very comprehensive list of reference sources for the County of Surrey. It includes:

  • Archives and Libraries
  • Church record availability for both Surrey and the former Surrey part of Greater London
  • 19th century descriptions of the ecclesiastical parishes
  • Lists of cemeteries
  • Local family history societies
  • A list of historic maps online


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