Caterham, Surrey Family History Guide

Caterham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Surrey.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1543
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1689

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Bletchingley
  • Chaldon
  • Warlingham
  • Coulsdon
  • Godstone
  • Tandridge

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CATERHAM, a village and a parish in Godstone district, Surrey. The village stands at the terminus of a branch of the South-eastern railway, 7 miles S by E of Croydon; and has a r. station with telegraph, and a post office under Red-Hill. The branch railway deflects from the Brighton line, at Caterham Junction station, 2½ miles S of Croydon; is 4½ miles long; was opened in 1856; and has stations at Kenley and Warlingham. An omnibus runs from Caterham station to Westerham. The parish comprises 2,460 acres. Real property, £2,997. Pop., 815. Houses, 146. The property is much subdivided. The Roman vicinal way, called Stane-street, went through the parish; and ancient works, indicative of warlike operations, are in it, near a place called War coppice. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £255. Patron, the Rev. J. L. Hesse. The church is mainly early English. The p. curacy of Caterham Valley is a separate charge, and was constituted in 1866. The Warehousemen and Clerks' Orphan asylum, reported to be in Caterham, but really in Beddington, was built in 1865 at a cost of about £20,000; is in the Venetian Gothic style; and has accommodation for 150 boys and girls.

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

Parish Records


Online Records (Free)

England, Surrey Parish Registers, 1536-1992

Census returns for Caterham, 1841-1891

Bishop's transcripts for Caterham, 1689-1856

Parish registers of Caterham, 1543-1918

The parish registers of Caterham, in the county of Surrey - Author:
Bannerman, William Bruce; Church of England. Parish Church of Caterham (Surrey)

The parish registers of Caterham, Surrey - Author:
Bannerman, R. R. Bruce; Bannerman, William Bruce

Parish registers of the Asylum and Guards' Chapel, Caterham, 1871-1894

Computer printout of Caterham, Surr., Eng

Caterham district cemetery records, 1926-1942

Monumental inscriptions, St. Lawrence and St. Mary's, Caterham, Surrey, England, about 1700-1950

Court rolls, 1527-1850

Land tax assessments for the parish of Caterham, 1780-1831


Vision of Britain historical maps


County: Surrey
Civil Registration District: Godstone
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Surrey
Diocese: Winchester
Rural Deanery: Ewell
Poor Law Union: Godstone
Hundred: Tandridge
Province: Canterbury