Place:Dorking Rural (parish), Surrey, England

NameDorking Rural (parish)
Alt namesMilton Streetsource: village in parish
Westcottsource: village in parish
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates51.212°N 0.328°W
Located inSurrey, England     (1894 - 1933)
See alsoDorking, Surrey, Englandcivil parish from which Dorking Rural parish was carved in 1894
Dorking Rural, Surrey, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1933
Dorking and Horley Rural, Surrey, Englandrural district to which the area was transferred in 1933
Milton, Surrey, Englandcivil parish absorbing part of Dorking Rural Parish in 1933
Holmwood, Surrey, Englandcivil parish absorbing part of Dorking Rural Parish in 1933
Wotton, Surrey, Englandcivil parish absorbing part of Dorking Rural Parish in 1933
Mole Valley District, Surrey, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
Dorking Rural Parish was created from Dorking Parish in 1894 when rural and urban districts were originally set up. The parish wrapped around Dorking on three sides: the west, south and east; and included areas sometimes known as Milton, Holmwood, and Westcott. It became part of the Dorking Rural District and was established because the needs of rural areas were different to the needs of towns. Brockham was an area partly contained in the eastern part of Dorking Rural and partly in the parish of Betchworth further east toward Reigate.

In 1933 Dorking Rural District was abolished and the Rural Parish was divided between Milton and Holmwood parishes (both newly established in 1933) and Wotton parish (which had existed previously). All three parishes became part of Dorking and Horley Rural District in 1933. Brockham was also established as a civil parish at this time (see map).

Since 1974 the whole area has been part of the Mole Valley District.
(Source:A Vision of Britain through Time and the map of Surrey from the UK Boundary Commission of 1917 on the same website.)

Image:Dorking and Rural District post 1933.png


the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Westcott is a semi-rural English village and former civil parish west of the centre of Dorking on the A25 between the North Downs and Greensand Ridge, making it one of the 'Vale of Holmesdale' villages (greatly in Westcott an AONB) and is in Surrey in the direction of Guildford. It is served by a local bus service and is from Dorking West railway station on the North Downs Line.

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