Lingfield Surrey Family History Guide

Lingfield is an Ancient Parish in the county of Surrey.

Other places in the parish include: Dormans Land, Ridlands Green, Plaistow Street, Fieldcourt, Dryhill, Apsley Town, Chartham Park, Beacon Heath, Baldwins Hill, and Arding Run.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1679

Nonconformists include: Baptist

Adjacent Parishes

  • East Grinstead
  • Cowden
  • Limpsfield
  • Tandridge
  • Crowhurst
  • Edenbridge

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

LINGFIELD, a village and a parish in the district of East Grinstead and county of Surrey. The village stands on a headstream of the river Medway, 4 miles N of East Grinstead, and 4 SE by S of Godstone r. station; contains some ancient timber houses; and has a post office under East Grinstead. The parish contains also Arding-Run, Plaistow-Street, Ridlands-Green, DormansLand, Dryhill, Beacon-Heath, Apsley-Town, BaldwinsHill, Chartham-Park, and Fieldcourt. Acres, 9,010. Real property, £10,138. Pop. in 1851, 2,141; in 1861, 2,202. Houses, 420. The property is much subdivided. Wilderwick, Farrindons, Claridges, Porters-Hall, Fieldcourt-Lodge, and Haxted House are principal residences. Starborough Castle, 2½ miles E of the village, was built in the time of Edward III.; was a seat of the Cobhams; was garrisoned by the parliamentarian forces, in the civil wars of Charles I.; was subsequently demolished; and is represented now by only the moat, and some traces of the foundations. A modern house, bearing the castle's name, is the seat of Miss Tonge. A chalybeate spring is on Lingfield Common. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £145. Patrons, the Trustees of the late M. Atkins, Esq. The church is chiefly later English; includes earlier portions; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with tower and spire; and contains eleven stalls, an ancient oak lecturn, a later English altar-tomb, and a number of brasses and other monuments of the Cobhams, the Howards, and others. A college, for a provost, chaplains, and clerks of the Carthusian order, was funded, at the W end of the churchyard, in 1431, by Reginald Lord Cobham; had endowments which, at the dissolution, were valued at upwards of £79; continued to be in a perfect state, in the time of Aubrey; but was taken down, to give place to a farm-house in the time of George I. There are two Baptist chapels, national and infant schools, a lending library, a workhouse, and charities £90.

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


Vision of Britain historical maps


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