Place:Stanwell, Middlesex, England

Alt namesStanwellmoorsource: settlement in parish
Stanwell Moorsource: alternate spelling of above
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.458°N 0.472°W
Located inMiddlesex, England     ( - 1965)
Also located inSurrey, England     (1965 - present)
See alsoSpelthorne Hundred, Middlesex, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Staines Rural, Middlesex, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1930
Staines, Middlesex, Englandurban district in which it was located 1930-1974
Spelthorne District, Surrey, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

Stanwell is one of the ancient parishes of Middlesex. From 1894 to 1930 it was part of Staines Rural District and from 1930 it was part of Staines Urban District. In 1965, Staines Urban District was one of the few parts of Middlesex not to be absorbed into Greater London, transferring instead to Surrey. In 1974, when Surrey was divided into non-metropolitan districts, it was placed in the Spelthorne District or Borough.

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Stanwell is an urban and suburban village located in the Surrey borough of Spelthorne, 15.7 miles (24.8 km) WSW of Charing Cross (a point in London from which distances are commonly measured) and centred half a mile (0.8 km) from the southern boundary of London Heathrow Airport, adjoining its cargo depot. It is now the northernmost settlement in Surrey.

The 'village' of Stanwell Moor or Stanwellmoor, a semi-rural neighbourhood, has broken away from Stanwell by having its own village association, and is separated from the village centre by a field, large reservoir and dual carriageway, and includes most of the remaining village farms. However it is included within a ward and parish of Stanwell. In common, both localities have large areas of reservoir and are within 2 miles (3.2 km) of a junction of the M25 London Orbital Motorway. To the west of the village proper stretch further areas of open land.

Stanwell lost land to part of the adjoining airport and to Berkshire in the mid and late 20th century respectively. Its main industrial and business area, Poyle, broke away to join Colnbrook, Berkshire in 1995 after the completion of the motorway. Stanwell is adjoined by two towns and includes Ashford Hospital and the Staines Reservoirs named after these. The largest of its neighbours is Staines upon Thames (once just "Staines").

The Staines Union Workhouse was built on the London Road in the mid-19th century. Together with a former boys' home and a former isolation hospital, both opened c. 1913, it became Ashford Hospital. Two large cemeteries open near the A30 between 1895 and 1910.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Stanwell.

Middlesex Research Tips

Parts of Middlesex were absorbed into London in 1889 (Inner London), and some in 1965 (Outer London). Depending on the specific location and the year being investigated it may be necessary to check London records as well as those of Middlesex.

  • See under "Middlesex" for key information about the jurisdictions and records of Middlesex, plus links to indexes, reference aids and Family History Library holdings.
  • The London Metropolitan Archives (40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB) holds records relating to the whole of Greater London. Ancestry (subscription necessary) has produced transcriptions and provides images of lists of baptisms, marriages, and burials in churches across Greater London. These lists start in 1813 and stretch into the 20th century.
  • The Victoria History of the County of Middlesex is a series of 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 Middlesex. A list of the volumes and what each contains can be found under the source Victoria History of the County of Middlesex
  • GENUKI has a long list of websites and archive holders in addition to London Metropolitan Archives above. (The list from GENUKI is not maintained so well that there is never a dead link in it. However, it is often worth googling the title given on the page just in case the contributor has reorganized their website.)
  • GENUKI has a separate page for Middlesex references.
  • GENUKI also has a list of the Archives and Local Studies Libraries for each of the boroughs of Greater London.
  • Registration Districts in Middlesex and Registration Districts in London, are lists of the registration districts used for civil registration (births, marriages and deaths, as well as the censuses). There are linked supporting lists of the parishes which made up each registration district, the dates of formation and abolition of the districts, the General Register Office numbers, and the local archive-holding place. This work has been carried out by Brett Langston under the agency of GENUKI (Genealogy United Kingdom and Ireland) and UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths & Censuses on the Internet.

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.)

Registration Districts

  • 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.

GENUKI provisions

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.
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