Byfleet, Surrey Family History Guide

Byfleet is an Ancient Parish in the county of Surrey.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1698
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1587

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BYFLEET, a village and a parish in Chertsey district, Surrey. The village stands near the river Wey, the Junction canal, and the Southwestern railway, 2 miles SSW of Weybridge r. station, and 2½ WNW of Cobham; and has a post office under Weybridge station. It is a curious picturesque place; and includes several old mansions. The parish comprises 2,068 acres. Real property, £3,991. Pop., 770. Houses, 153. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged anciently to the Crown; was given by Edward II. to Piers Gaveston; came again to the Crown; and was settled by James I. on Anne of Denmark. Byfleet Park, now a farm house, is said to have been built by the Black Prince, and both it and Dorney House in the village are alleged to have been the nursing place of Henry VIII. A mansion was founded on the manor by Anne of Denmark, and completed by Sir James Fullerton. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £295. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is good; and there are a national school, and charities £23. Stephen Duck, the poetical protegé of Queen Caroline, and Joseph Spence, the author of “Polymetis,” were rectors.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

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England, Surrey Parish Registers, 1536-1992

Maps

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Administration

County: Surrey
Civil Registration District: Chertsey
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Surrey
Diocese: Winchester
Rural Deanery: Stoke
Poor Law Union: Chertsey
Hundred: Godley
Province: Canterbury