|Alt names||Smallfield||source: settlement in parish|
|Outwood||source: settlement in parish|
|Type||Parish (ancient), Civil parish|
|Located in||Surrey, England|
|See also||Reigate Hundred, Surrey, England||ancient county division in which it was located|
|Reigate Rural, Surrey, England||rural district in which it was located 1894-1933|
|Dorking and Horley Rural, Surrey, England||rural district in which it was part located 1933-1974|
|Godstone Rural, Surrey, England||rural district in which it was part located 1933-1974|
|Tandridge District, Surrey, England||district municipality covering most of the area since 1974|
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Burstow is a village and civil parish since 1974 in the Tandridge District of Surrey, England. Its largest settlement is Smallfield. Smallfield is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) ENE of Gatwick Airport and the M23 motorway, 7.5 miles (12.1 km) southwest of Oxted and 1.8 miles (2.9 km) east of Horley. Crawley in Sussex is a nearby large commercial town, 3.7 miles (6.0 km) southwest of the village of Burstow and 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of Smallfield. The parish is towards the southern edge of the London commuter belt; some residents commute to the capital by road or rail from here. London is 24.5 miles (39.4 km) to the north and Horley railway station is accessible.
Burstow was part of the Reigate Rural District from 1894 until 1933 when it was split between Dorking and Horley Rural District and Godstone Rural District. Most of Burstow was absorbed into the Tandridge District in 1974, but a part of the parish was transferred to Sussex.
John Flamsteed, astronomer and cleric was rector of Burstow from 1684 until his death in 1719. He was appointed in 1675 by Charles II to be the first Astronomer Royal. His accurate measurements of star positions and the movements of the moon, made in the newly opened Observatory at Greenwich, contributed to making possible the safe navigation of shipping around the world. Flamsteed is buried in Burstow Church and a star that commemorates him is in the large window above the altar.
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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
Categories: Surrey, England | Burstow, Surrey, England | Reigate Hundred, Surrey, England | Reigate Rural, Surrey, England | Dorking and Horley Rural, Surrey, England | Tandridge District, Surrey, England