Place:West End, Surrey, England

NameWest End
Alt namesWestendsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeVillage, Parish
Coordinates51.333°N 0.633°W
Located inSurrey, England
See alsoChobham, Surrey, Englandcivil parish of which it was a part until 1968
Bagshot Rural, Surrey, Englandrural district in which it was located 1933-1974
Surrey Heath District, Surrey, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
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West End is a village and civil parish in the Surrey Heath District of Surrey, England between the towns of Camberley and Woking, 4 miles (6.4 km) west and east respectively.

West End may have obtained its name because it was the west of Chobham, 2 miles (3.2 km) ENE. The 1845 map reproduced by EJ Willson provides boundaries at that date. Its direct predecessor named Westend was in 1870-72 described by John Marius Wilson in his Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72 as "a tything in Worplesdon parish, Surrey; 3¼ miles NW of Guildford. Population: 341." A dependency on Worplesdon church, as its tything, is attested in the medieval period until the late 19th century, after which the area formed part of the parish of Chobham.

The village was, until the mid 20th century, made up of scantily farmed smallholdings amid substantial common land - West End Common to the west is comparable in size to Chobham Common to the north; both dwarf the built-up heart of the village. West End Common includes training ranges of the British army and is separated by a smaller public area, Brentmoor Heath, which shares in naturally wet, acid heathland, a rare soil type. In geology, the Bagshot Formation is apparent in parts of the village.

West End lies between Bagshot and Brookwood railway stations, each 3 miles (4.8 km) away. The River Bourne runs through the village from its sources to the immediate west. West End and Bisley have little commerce and industry compared to adjoining settlements, with parks, grassland areas and separated by Green Belt buffers. A golf course, plant nurseries and farms adjoin the clustered village centre.

The "parish church", i.e. Church of England church, of Holy Trinity, West End serves a similar area ecclesiastical parish and is a small building consisting of a chancel consecrated in 1890, nave consecrated in 1842, and a vestry built in 1906. The material is stone and the style is 13th century. Over the west end is a small bell-turret with a square spire above the entrance. Recognising rising population and housebuilding, the village gained its ecclesiastical parish standing in 1895.

In the 20th century many houses were added to the village, during which period books on the county and subject of nurseries show it to be a significant economic centre of nursery gardening. The modern civil parish was created in 1968, but it is listed as a "parish-level unit" under Bagshot Rural District in 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.

West End does not appear in the Victoria County History of Surrey because it was not a parish in the 19th century. Notes may be found under Chobham

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