|Located in||Surrey, England (1894 - )|
|Also located in||Hampshire, England ( - 1894)|
|See also||Alton Hundred, Hampshire, England||ancient county division in which it was located|
|Frensham, Surrey, England||parish of which it was part|
|Farnham Rural, Surrey, England||rural district to which the civil parish was tranferred in 1895|
|Hambledon Rural, Surrey, England||rural district to which the civil parish was tranferred in 1933|
|Waverley District, Surrey, England||district municipality covering the area since 1974|
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia
Dockenfield is a linear settlement and rural civil parish in the Borough of Waverley in Surrey, England. The parish is undulating, has a number of sources of the River Wey and borders the Alice Holt Forest. The population in the UK census of 2011 was 399.
Until 1894 it was a tything in Hampshire that was part of the parish of Frensham — Frensham's lands were part of Farnham in Surrey. In 1239 Frensham became a separate ecclesiastical parish within the Church of England. Farnham parish was based on Farnham Castle which was built and owned by the Bishops of Winchester and had detached sections in Hampshire.
In 1894 the last "detached areas" (geographically in one county, but owing their allegiance to another) were abolished and most detached areas became parts of the counties in which they were situated. This was not always the case, however. Sometimes, such as with Dockenfield and Frensham, the county border was redrawn. (Source: Wikipedia)
Dockenfield was transferred to Surrey and became a single-parish rural district (Dockenfield Rural District) in 1894. One year later the rural district was abolished and the parish was transferred to Farnham Rural District where it remained until 1933 when it was transferred again to Hambledon Rural District. Since 1974 Dockenfield has been a civil parish in the non-metropolitan Waverley District.
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.
- GENUKI has a list of archive holders in Hampshire including the Hampshire Record Office, various museums in Portsmouth and Southhampton, the Isle of Wight Record Office and Archives.
- The Hampshire Online Parish Clerk project has a large collection of transcriptions from Parish Registers across Hampshire.
- A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 together with tables listing the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered, along with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Do respect the copyright on this material.
- The three-storey City Museum in Winchester covers the Iron Age and Roman periods, the Middle Ages, and the Victorian period.
- Volumes in The Victoria County History Series are available for Hampshire through British History Online. There are three volumes and the county is covered by parishes within the old divisions of "hundreds".
- A collection of maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrating the English county of Hampshire over the period 1832-1932 (the last two are expandible):
- A group of maps of the post-1974 municipal districts or boroughs of Hampshire on Wikipedia Commons
Categories: Surrey, England | Dockenfield, Surrey, England | Alton Hundred, Hampshire, England | Frensham, Surrey, England | Dockenfield Rural, Surrey, England | Farnham Rural, Surrey, England | Hambledon Rural, Surrey, England | Waverley District, Surrey, England