Place:Spelthorne District, Surrey, England

NameSpelthorne District
TypeDistrict municipality
Coordinates51.383°N 0.5°W
Located inSurrey, England     (1974 - )
See alsoStaines, Middlesex, Englandurban district which formed the district municipality in 1974
Sunbury, Middlesex, Englandurban district which formed the district municipality in 1974
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The Spelthorne District is a local government district and borough in Surrey, England. It contains the towns and villages of Ashford, Laleham, Shepperton, Staines upon Thames (or Staines), Stanwell and Sunbury on Thames.

Boroughs adjacent to Spelthorne are Runnymede and Elmbridge to the south in Surrey, Windsor and Maidenhead and Slough to the west in Berkshire, and Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames to the north and east in Greater London.

Spelthorne was a hundred, where local landowners met about once a month. The Spelthorne hundred also covered Poyle, historically a hamlet in the village of Stanwell, and the parishes of Hatton, East Bedfont, Feltham and Hanworth in the modern London Borough of Hounslow and Teddington and Hampton (historically including Hampton Wick, Hampton Hill and Hampton Court) in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

From 1889 until 1965 Middlesex County Council principally administered the area. Under the Local Government Act 1894 the current borough responsibilities such as planning, sanitation and surface water drainage were conferred on the new bodies: Staines Urban, Sunbury Urban and Staines Rural Districts.

The 20th century saw the construction of the Two Staines Reservoirs (1901), Queen Mary (1931), King George VI (1947), and the Wraysbury Reservoirs (1970) in what is today's borough.

In 1930 most of Staines Rural District merged into Staines Urban District, with the remainder given to West Drayton and Feltham Urban Districts.

In 1965 when the rest of Middlesex, except for Potters Bar Urban District, was absorbed into the new county of Greater London, Staines and Sunbury on Thames Urban Districts were transferred to Surrey. From these the Borough of Spelthorne was formed on the abolition of the urban districts and rural districts nationally in 1974.

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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