Place:Burstow, Surrey, England

Alt namesSmallfieldsource: settlement in parish
Outwoodsource: settlement in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.1685°N 0.1105°W
Located inSurrey, England
See alsoReigate Hundred, Surrey, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Reigate Rural, Surrey, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1933
Dorking and Horley Rural, Surrey, Englandrural district in which it was part located 1933-1974
Godstone Rural, Surrey, Englandrural district in which it was part located 1933-1974
Tandridge District, Surrey, Englanddistrict municipality covering most of the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Burstow is a village and civil parish since 1974 in the Tandridge District of Surrey, England. Its largest settlement is Smallfield. Smallfield is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) ENE of Gatwick Airport and the M23 motorway, 7.5 miles (12.1 km) southwest of Oxted and 1.8 miles (2.9 km) east of Horley. Crawley in Sussex is a nearby large commercial town, 3.7 miles (6.0 km) southwest of the village of Burstow and 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of Smallfield. The parish is towards the southern edge of the London commuter belt; some residents commute to the capital by road or rail from here. London is 24.5 miles (39.4 km) to the north and Horley railway station is accessible.

Burstow was part of the Reigate Rural District from 1894 until 1933 when it was split between Dorking and Horley Rural District and Godstone Rural District. Most of Burstow was absorbed into the Tandridge District in 1974, but a part of the parish was transferred to Sussex.

John Flamsteed, astronomer and cleric was rector of Burstow from 1684 until his death in 1719. He was appointed in 1675 by Charles II to be the first Astronomer Royal. His accurate measurements of star positions and the movements of the moon, made in the newly opened Observatory at Greenwich, contributed to making possible the safe navigation of shipping around the world. Flamsteed is buried in Burstow Church and a star that commemorates him is in the large window above the altar.

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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