|Alt names||Chirt||source: alternate spelling|
|Chart||source: alternate spelling|
|Located in||Surrey, England (1933 - )|
|See also||Frensham, Surrey, England||parish in which it was a chapelry|
|Alton Hundred, Hampshire, England||ancient county division in which it was part located|
|Farnham Hundred, Surrey, England||ancient county division in which it was part located|
|Farnham Rural, Surrey, England||rural district in which it was located 1894-1933|
|Hambledon Rural, Surrey, England||rural district in which it was located 1894-1933|
|Waverley District, Surrey, England||district municipality covering the area since 1974|
- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- source: Family History Library Catalog
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Churt from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "CHART, or Chirt, or Churt, a chapelry in Frensham parish, Surrey; 5 miles SSE of Farnham [railway] station. It was constituted in 1865; and it has a post office under Farnham. Population: 425. The living is a [perpetual] curacy. Value: £150. Patron: the Archdeacon of Surrey."
- the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia
Churt is now a village and civil parish in the Waverley District or Borough of Waverley of Surrey. It became part of the civil parish of Hindhead and Churt in Hambledon Rural District in 1933 when the southern part of Frensham parish was separated off. (See the Ordnance Survey map of Surrey of 1933-44).
Upon the establishment of the chapelry of Frensham in the 13th century, Churt became part of that entity. Frensham did not become an ancient (or ecclesiastical) parish until 1553, at which point Churt became a chapelry of Frensham. Frensham Parish stretched as far south as Shotter Mill, which today is a western neighbourhood of Haslemere.
Approximately opposite the parish church is the old forge built in about 1600. The church itself was built shortly before Churt became a parish in 1865.
In 1892 George Cubitt, 1st Baron Ashcombe (1828-1917), son of Thomas Cubitt, the London builder and property developer, enlarged the chancel of the relatively young church.
Churt is close to Bordon in Hampshire which, by the early 20th century, was one of many locations with a heavy military presence in the area.
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.)
- In 1889 the County of London was created, and the areas of the modern London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth were removed from Surrey. The records of these areas are held either by the London Metropolitan Archives or by the local boroughs, but the Surrey History Centre holds pre-1889 Quarter Sessions records for this area.
- Also in 1889, Croydon was made into a county borough exempt from county administration. Croydon became a London borough in 1965, and most Croydon records are held by the Croydon Local Studies Library and Archives.
- In 1965 more of Surrey was lost to London, with the creation of the London boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and an expanded Croydon. For these areas, records are held by the local boroughs (either in their archives or local studies libraries) or the Surrey History Centre. The London Metropolitan Archives may also have some material.
- In 1965 Staines and Sunbury were transferred from Middlesex to Surrey. In 1974 these areas became the new District of Spelthorne. Most records relating to the former Middlesex area are held by the London Metropolitan Archives.
- 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.
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
- The Victoria History of the County of Surrey is a series of three volumes available online through British History Online. The volumes were written over the past hundred or so years by a number of authors and cover various sections of Surrey. A list of the volumes and what each contains can be found under the source Victoria History of the County of Surrey. Both volumes 3 and 4 contain areas which are part of Greater London and parts of modern Surrey.
- Parishes in the Alton Hundred of Hampshire and the Farnham Hundred of Surrey have been omitted from the Victoria County Histories. This may be because they were set up later than the other hundreds.
Categories: Surrey, England | Churt, Surrey, England | Alton Hundred, Hampshire, England | Farnham Hundred, Surrey, England | Farnham Rural, Surrey, England | Hambledon Rural, Surrey, England | Waverley District, Surrey, England