Gatton, Surrey Family History Guide

Gatton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Surrey.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1599
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1679

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Nutfield
  • Chipstead
  • Reigate St Mary Magdalene
  • Kingswood
  • Merstham

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

GATTON, a village and a parish in Reigate district, Surrey. The village stands on the ancient Roman road from Stane-street to Croydon, and near the source of the river Mole, 1 mile WNW of Merstham r. station, and 2½ NE by N of Reigate. It took its name from the Roman road or "gate;" is supposed to occupy the site of a Roman fort or station; has yielded Roman coins; appears to have been a place of considerable importance in the middle ages; was made a borough, in 1451, by Henry VI.; sent two members to parliament till disfranchised by the reform bill; and had only about 20 houses and 100 inhabitants at the time of its disfranchisement. The parish comprises 1,260 acres. Post town, Merstham under Red Hill. Real property, £2,387. Pop., 191. Houses, 36. The property is divided among a few. Gatton Park is the seat of Lord Monson; possessed the direction and disposal of the quondam borough; and was purchased by the late Lord Monson, in 1830, for £180,000. The house is a stately edifice, in the Italian style; stands amid beautiful grounds, with a fine lake; has a splendid hall, modelled after the Corsini Chapel at Rome; and contains a rich collection of pictures. Upper Gatton House also is a handsome mansion; and was formerly a seat of the Duke of St. Albans. A small bridge in the parish, called Battle Bridge, was the scene of a great slaughter by women, of Danes fleeing from the battlefield of Ockley, in 851. A white soft stone, used in the construction of Hampton Court, and much valued for ovens and furnaces, was quarried. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £148. Patron, Lord Monson. The church stands in the grounds of Gatton Park; is an ancient structure, seemingly early English; contains a fine collection of Flemish oak carving; and was renovated in 1834.

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 Gatton, 1841-1891

Bishop's transcripts for Gatton, 1808-1865

Parish registers for Gatton, 1599-1992

The parish registers of Gatton, Surrey Co Author:
Bannerman, William Bruce

Vestry records, 1845-1859, and churchwardens' accounts, 1744-1818

Parish register printouts of Gatton, Surrey, England

Overseers' accounts, 1836-1848

Land tax assessments for the parish of Gatton, 1780-1807


Vision of Britain historical maps


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