Place:Ash, Surrey, England

Alt namesAsh Valesource: settlement in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.25°N 0.733°W
Located inSurrey, England
See alsoGodley Hundred, Surrey, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Ash and Normandy, Surrey, Englandparish renamed circa 1880
Guildford Rural, Surrey, Englandrural district joined by the parish when separated from Normandy in 1955
Guildford District, Surrey, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Ash from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"ASH, a village in Farnborough [registration] district, and a parish in Farnborough [registration] and Farnham [registration] districts, Surrey. The village stands near the Southwestern railway, the Basingstoke canal, and the Blackwater river, 2 miles NW of Hog's Back, and 4 NE of Farnham; and it has a station on the railway, and a post office under Farnborough station. The parish includes also the tything of Normandy, and the hamlet-chapelry of Frimley. Acres: 12,273. Rated property: £15,443. Population: 4,164. Houses: 753. The property is much subdivided. The southern tracts are hilly, and party common. Ash Lodge is a chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value: £473. Patron: Winchester college. The church has a plain Norman doorway, and is good. The rectory of Frimley and the [perpetual] curacy of York-Town are separate charges. Charities, £16."

From some time in the late 19th century [no date has been found], the parish was renamed Ash and Normandy. Under this name it is to be found in lists of parishes within the rural districts of Farnham (1894-1933) and Guildford (1933-1955). In 1955 Ash and Normandy was separated into two parishes: Ash and Normandy.

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Ash is a village and civil parish in the far west of the Borough of Guildford, Surrey. Ash is on the eastern side of the River Blackwater, with a railway station on the Reading-Guildford-Gatwick line, and direct roads to Aldershot, Farnham and Guildford. The 2011 census counted the residents of the main ward of Ash, which excludes Ash Vale, as 6,120.

Frimley has also been considered a separated civil parish from the late 19th century and is located immediately to the north of Ash. York-Town or Yorktown is located in Frimley. Ash Vale is a 20th century settlement to the east of Ash.

The Victoria County History account of Ash explains a great deal about the early organization of this parish and its relationship to other places in the neighbourhood which have become separate parishes since 1866.

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


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