Place:Dockenfield, Surrey, England

TypeCivil parish
Coordinates51.158°N 0.816°W
Located inSurrey, England     (1894 - )
Also located inHampshire, England     ( - 1894)
See alsoAlton Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Frensham, Surrey, Englandparish of which it was part
Farnham Rural, Surrey, Englandrural district to which the civil parish was tranferred in 1895
Hambledon Rural, Surrey, Englandrural district to which the civil parish was tranferred in 1933
Waverley District, Surrey, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Dockenfield is a linear settlement and rural civil parish in the Borough of Waverley in Surrey, England. The parish is undulating, has a number of sources of the River Wey and borders the Alice Holt Forest. The population in the UK census of 2011 was 399.

Until 1894 it was a tything in Hampshire that was part of the parish of Frensham — Frensham's lands were part of Farnham in Surrey. In 1239 Frensham became a separate ecclesiastical parish within the Church of England. Farnham parish was based on Farnham Castle which was built and owned by the Bishops of Winchester and had detached sections in Hampshire.

In 1894 the last "detached areas" (geographically in one county, but owing their allegiance to another) were abolished and most detached areas became parts of the counties in which they were situated. This was not always the case, however. Sometimes, such as with Dockenfield and Frensham, the county border was redrawn. (Source: Wikipedia)

Dockenfield was transferred to Surrey and became a single-parish rural district (Dockenfield Rural District) in 1894. One year later the rural district was abolished and the parish was transferred to Farnham Rural District where it remained until 1933 when it was transferred again to Hambledon Rural District. Since 1974 Dockenfield has been a civil parish in the non-metropolitan Waverley District.

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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.
  • GENUKI has a list of archive holders in Hampshire including the Hampshire Record Office, various museums in Portsmouth and Southhampton, the Isle of Wight Record Office and Archives.
  • The Hampshire Online Parish Clerk project has a large collection of transcriptions from Parish Registers across Hampshire.
  • A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 together with tables listing the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered, along with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Do respect the copyright on this material.
  • The three-storey City Museum in Winchester covers the Iron Age and Roman periods, the Middle Ages, and the Victorian period.
  • Volumes in The Victoria County History Series are available for Hampshire through British History Online. There are three volumes and the county is covered by parishes within the old divisions of "hundreds".
A collection of maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrating the English county of Hampshire over the period 1832-1932 (the last two are expandible):
  • A group of maps of the post-1974 municipal districts or boroughs of Hampshire on Wikipedia Commons

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.

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