Place:Banstead, Surrey, England

Alt namesNorksource: village in parish/urban district
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish, Urban district
Coordinates51.317°N 0.2°W
Located inSurrey, England
See alsoCopthorne Hundred, Surrey, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Epsom Rural, Surrey, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1933
Carshalton, Surrey, Englandurban district which absorbed part of the parish in 1933
Reigate and Banstead District, Surrey, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
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Banstead is a residential town or village, located in the borough of Reigate and Banstead in Surrey, England since 1974. It is south of the Greater London conurbations of Sutton, west of Croydon and southeast of the administrative hub of the county council at Kingston upon Thames. The county town of Surrey, Guildford, is to the west southwest.

On the North Downs, Banstead is on three of the four main compass points separated from other settlements by open area buffers. Despite its "town status", Banstead has never had the right to a regular (traditional) market; however it forms a post town.

Supporting interpretation as a village, one of its wards currently used is "Banstead Village". The ecclesiastical parish was abolished when it became urban district in 1933. Both included many outlying parts, not only the part currently still associated heavily with today's village. Nork which contains Banstead station, is dependent on the amenities of Banstead and is included in county-level population analyses of Banstead.

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Banstead was a civil parish in the Epsom Rural District from 1894 until 1933. It comprised the better part of Banstead Urban District from 1933 until 1974, and has been located in the Reigate and Banstead District since 1974. The urban district also contained the settlements of Chipstead, Kingswood, Walton on the Hill and Woodmansterne.

A nineteenth century description

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

"BANSTEAD, a village and a parish in Epsom [registration] district, Surrey. The village stands under the SW side of Banstead Downs, 4 miles E of Epsom; and has a post office under Epsom, a [railway] station, and a police station. The parish comprises 5,518 acres. Real property: £7,214. Population: 1,461. Houses: 275. The property is subdivided. Banstead Park is a seat belonging to Mr. Yong; and Burgh House, in the neighbourhood, is the seat of the Earl of Egmont. Banstead downs rise to the height of 576 feet; command extensive views; and are famous for coursing, for hunting, and for fine sheep pasturage.
"Here, said Pope,
To Hounslow-Heath I point, and Banstead Down,
Thence comes your mutton, and these chicks my own.
"The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester. Value: £300. Patron: the Earl of Egmont. The church is chiefly perpendicular English; has a good tower, surmounted by a tall spire; stands on high ground, and serves well, for miles round, as a landmark. Charities, £39. The Banstead and Epsom Downs railway, from the Sutton station of the Croydon and Epsom, was authorised in 1862 and opened in 1865."

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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