Place:Botleys and Lyne, Surrey, England

NameBotleys and Lyne
Alt namesHardwickesource: ancient tything in parish
Hardwitchsource: spelling variant
Lolewirthsource: ancient tything in parish
Lulworthsource: spelling variant
Rokesburysource: ancient tything in parish
Ruxburysource: spelling variant
Longcrosssource: hamlet in parish
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates51.386°N 0.545°W
Located inSurrey, England
See alsoChertsey, Surrey, Englandparish in which it was originally located
Godley Hundred, Surrey, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Chertsey, Surrey, Englandurban district of which it was part 1894-1974
Runnymede District, Surrey, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Lyne is a semi-rural village and civil parish in the Runnymede District of Surrey. Its nearest town is Chertsey, which is centred approximately 1.6 miles (2.6 km) northeast of the village. The boundary is officially the M25 motorway.

The village was for the centuries (from at least the Norman Conquest) until the early 20th century in the parish of Chertsey. This meant it was a hamlet dominated by landholding of Chertsey Abbey throughout the Middle Ages and before; as this was one of the earliest religious communities centred on a large building in the country, founded in the mid 7th century. Accordingly, before the Conquest the hundred (county subdivision) was named Godley. In the early centuries of this period Chertsey was divided into eight tythings: two of which were Lolewirth/Lulworth or Hardwitch/Hardwicke and Rokesbury or Ruxbury in Lyne. The 16th century replacement to the great tything barn is here in the eastern part of Lyne, close to the present Chertsey proper.

In 1849 the church was built for the hamlet Lyne and Longcross in Lyne making Botleys and Lyne an ecclesiastical parish.

In 1911 its description from the Victoria County History of Surrey was:

"Botleys and Lyne, a hamlet of Chertsey, is 2 miles south by west. The school was built in 1895. Botleys Park, the residence of Mr. Henry Gosling, Almners Barns, now called Almners...Foxhills [more considered Ottershaw today], the seat of Sir Charles Rivers Wilson, and Fan Court [in Longcross], the seat of Sir Edward D. Stern, are in this district."

As can be seen from the above excerpt, Botleys Park was the name of a manor within the parish of Lyne.

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

"BOTLEYS and LYNE, a chapelry in Chertsey parish, Surrey; near the Chertsey branch of the Southwestern railway, 2 miles SW of Chertsey. Post Town: Chertsey. Rated property: £6,211. Population: 494. Houses: 110. The property is divided among a few. Botleys Park is the seat of R. Gosling, Esq., and has richly-wooded grounds. The chapelry was constituted in 1849. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of Winchester. Value: £100.* Patron: the Bishop of Winchester. The church is good."

The map of Surrey circa 1900 (when blown up) provides an good image of the parish of Chertsey and the various settlements within it. This map is from from the website, A Vision of Britain through Time.

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