West Horsley, Surrey Family History Guide

West Horsley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Surrey.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1600
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1748

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • East Horsley
  • Wisley
  • East Clandon
  • Shere
  • Abinger
  • Ripley
  • Ockham

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HORSLEY (WEST), a village and a parish in Guildford district, Surrey. The village stands 3¼ miles N by E of Gomshall r. station, and 6 ENE of Guildford; and has a post office under Ripley. The parish comprises 2,993 acres. Real property, £3,135; of which £10 are in chalk pits. Pop., 706. Houses, 145. The property is divided among a few. The manor, with West Horsley Place, belonged to Lord Berners, the translator of Froissart; passed to the Raleighs; was the favourite residence of Carew Raleigh, son of Sir Walter; passed to the family of Nicholas; and belongs now to H. M. Weston, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £317. Patron, H. M. Weston, Esq. The church is partly early English, partly perpendicular; was well restored in 1849; comprises nave, aisles, and chancel, with tower and shingled spire; has, at the W end of the nave, a curious carving of the Nativity, found under the flooring in 1810; and contains monuments of a Berners and a Fullerton. A mortuary chapel belonging to the manor house is traditionally said to contain the head of Sir Walter Raleigh, in the same grave as the remains of his son. There are a national school, and charities £151.

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: Guildford
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Surrey
Diocese: Winchester
Rural Deanery: Stoke
Poor Law Union: Guildford
Hundred: Woking
Province: Canterbury