Place:Gatton, Surrey, England

TypeHamlet, Civil parish
Coordinates51.25°N 0.1667°W
Located inSurrey, England
See alsoReigate Rural, Surrey, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1933
Reigate, Surrey, Englandmunicipal borough in which it was located 1933-1974
Reigate and Banstead (district), Surrey, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Gatton was a former borough in Surrey, England, and an "ancient parish". It survives as a sparsely populated, predominantly rural locality, which includes Gatton Park, no more than 12 houses, and two farms on the slopes of the North Downs. It was absorbed into the Municipal Borough of Reigate in 1933 and since 1974 is part of the Reigate and Banstead District.

The parish lay within the Reigate Hundred and was located in Reigate Rural District between 1894 and 1933.

From 1332 onwards Gatton was taxed as a town (at a higher rate than that payable by a village or rural settlement); and from 1450 part of the parish was the parliamentary borough of Gatton, sending two members to the House of Commons. However, there is no evidence of the late medieval settlement developing any other distinctively urban characteristics. Instead, the settlement shrank, and by the beginning of the 17th century the antiquary William Camden was able to describe it as "scarce a small village, though in times past it hath beene a famous towne". By 1831 the parliamentary borough had only seven voters and 23 houses, placing it among the most notorious of "rotten boroughs". It was abolished by the Reform Act of 1832.

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