|Alt names||Rowledge||source: settlement in parish|
|Type||Parish (ancient), Civil parish|
|Located in||Surrey, England|
|See also||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: Family History Library Catalog
- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia
Frensham is a village in Surrey, England, next to the A287 road, 13 miles (20.9 km) WSW of Guildford, the county town. Frensham lies on the right bank of the River Wey (south branch), only navigable to canoes, shortly before its convergence with the north branch. Farnham is the nearest main town which is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north.
There are two large ponds, known as Frensham Great and Little Ponds, which were built in the Middle Ages to provide fish for the Bishop of Winchester's estate.
Locally clay was extracted from around Frensham for Farnham Pottery. The Bishop of Winchester managed to retain ownership of most of his historic Farnham estate including most manors in the south until the 19th century.
In the 17th century, farmers focused primarily on hop growing and sheep rearing.
Originally a chapelry of Farnham, the present St. Mary's Church was dedicated in 1239, having been moved from its previous site on low ground beside the River Wey. Frensham ceased to be a chapelry in 1553 when it became an ancient parish. For a time it was part of the Alton Hundred of Hampshire but has always been geographically in Surrey.
In terms of local civil adminstration, Frensham was part of Farnham Rural District from 1894 until the rural district was abolished in 1933. It then became part of Hambledon Rural District. In 1974 all rural districts across the country were abolished and replaced with "municipal districts" covering wider areas. Frensham became part of the Waverley District or Borough.
Rowledge is the subject of an article in Wikipedia. Wikipedia describes the arrangement for Rowledge and Wrecklesham after 1974 when they became parts of the Waverley District and boundaries were repositioned.
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 | Frensham, Surrey, England | Alton Hundred, Hampshire, England | Farnham Hundred, Surrey, England | Farnham Rural, Surrey, England | Hambledon Rural, Surrey, England | Waverley District, Surrey, England