Place:Holmwood, Surrey, England

Alt namesMid Holmwoodsource: settlement in parish
South Holmwoodsource: settlement in parish
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates51.209°N 0.311°W
Located inSurrey, England     (1933 - )
See alsoDorking Rural (parish), Surrey, Englandcivil parish from which Holmwood parish was carved in 1933
Dorking and Horley Rural, Surrey, Englandrural district in which it was located 1933-1974
Mole Valley District, Surrey, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

Holmwood was created a civil parish in 1933 from the southern part of the former parish of Dorking Rural which itself was, for the most part, south of the town of Dorking. (The northern part of Dorking Rural Parish was renamed Milton at the same time.) The area of Dorking Rural Parish contained the two settlements of North Holmwood and South Holmwood. North Holmwood became a village in Milton Parish and is now contiguous with Dorking, while South Holmwood became the most built-up part of Holmwood. Another hamlet, Mid Holmwood, was also located in Holmwood Parish.

At the time the two parishes were created, the original Rural District of Dorking was abolished and replaced by the wider Rural District of Dorking and Horley. Since 1974 the whole area is contained in the Mole Valley District of Surrey.

NOTE: Settlements in italics have been redirected to their respective parishes.

Image:Dorking and Rural District post 1933.png

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.
  • Victoria County History chapter on Dorking which, at the time of writing, included Dorking Rural Parish