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 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 outside 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, 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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