Ashtead, Surrey

Historical Description

Ashtead, a parish in Surrey, with a station on the L. & S.W. and L.B.&S.C. railways, 16 miles from London, and 2 SW of Epsom. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office. Acres, 2651; population, 1351. Ashtead Park, the seat of the Ralli family, is a splendid mansion, and contains some good pictures. The park has some venerable old oaks and elms, and a long avenue of limes, and is well stocked with deer. Ashtead Common, above the park, commands picturesque views; and contains, among wood, an ancient entrenchment. The Roman Stone Street passed through the parish, and has left relics in the materials of the church. There is a mineral spring similar to that of Epsom. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £325. The church is an ancient structure, with a tower, and embodies Roman bricks and tiles in its walls, but has undergone numerous alterations. Sir Robert Howard used to entertain Charles II. in a mansion which occupied the site of the present Ashtead House. An almshouse for eight poor widows has £44 from endowment, and other charities £16. There is an iron church, with sittings for 150.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Surrey
Ecclesiastical parish Ashtead St. Giles
Hundred Copthorne
Poor Law union Epsom

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1662, but is much mutilated., in association with Surrey History Centre, have images of the Parish Registers for Surrey online.


Church of England

St. George

The church of St. George, near the station, has sittings for about 350 persons.

St. Giles (parish church)

The church of St. Giles is a stone building with an embattled western tower containing 8 bells, hung in 1873: the stained east window was brought from a convent in Flanders and there is a memorial window and monuments to the family of Howard: the church was restored in 1891 at a cost of £1,800, raised by public subscriptions, and affords 270 sittings.


Baptist Chapel

The Baptist chapel, erected in 1895, has seating for 130 persons.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Ashtead from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Surrey is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Surrey, 1662-1668 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictMole Valley
RegionSouth East
Postal districtKT21
Post TownAshtead