Place:Waverley, Surrey, England

TypeFormer parish
Coordinates51.202°N 0.7629°W
Located inSurrey, England
See alsoFarnham Hundred, Surrey, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Farnham Rural (parish), Surrey, Englandparish into which it was absorbed in 1894
Waverley District, Surrey, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

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

"WAVERLEY, an extra-parochial ville in Farnham [registration] district, Surrey; 2 miles SE of Farnham. Acres: 525. Real property: £943. Population: 52. Houses: 11. W. Abbey is the seat of S. Nicholson, Esq. A Cistertian abbey, the earliest in England, was founded here, by Bishop Giffard, in 1128; went, at the dissolution, to the Fitzwilliams; and has left some ruins in the park."

These are the grounds of Waverley Abbey referred to in the Waverley Borough article. It was made into a civil parish in 1858 and abolished in 1894 when it was absorbed into the parish of Farnham Rural (parish) which was formed at that time. (Source: A Vision of Britain through Time)

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.

Parishes in the Alton Hundred of Hampshire and the Farnham Hundred of Surrey have been omitted from the Victoria County Histories. This may be because they were set up later than the other hundreds.