Capel, a parish in Surrey, on the L.B. & S.C.R., 32 miles from London. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Dorking. Acreage, 5663; population of the civil parish, 1482; of the ecclesiastical, 1035. Part of the surface is moorish. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester; value, £262 with residence. The church is good. The vicarage of Cold Harbour is a separate benefice. There are a Friends' meeting-house and a Wesleyan chapel, a village hospital, built in 1864, and an almshouse.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Capel St. John the Baptist|
|Poor Law union||Dorking|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the year 1653.
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Surrey History Centre, have images of the Parish Registers for Surrey online.
Church of England
St. John the Baptist (parish church)
The church of St. John the Baptist, erected about 1250, is a building of stone, principally in the Early English style, and has a turret containing 6 bells; the chancel was restored in 1852; during 1865 the nave and spire were restored and a north aisle, organ chamber and vestry added; in 1896 an organ was presented, and in 1902 a choir vestry added at a cost of £300; a reredos and font of serpentine marble were given by Edwin Kerrich esq, of Arnolds and a lych gate was erected by Mrs. Anne O'Fflahertie, in memory of her husband, the Rev. John O'Fflahertie, and a lancet window to her son, John Bourke O'Fflahertie. There are several stained windows: the church affords 250 sittings: the churchyard is separated from the road by a stone wall.
Society of Friends
Society of Friends Meeting House
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Capel from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Capel (St. John the Baptist))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Surrey is available to browse.
Online maps of Capel are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Surrey papers online:
The Visitation of Surrey, 1662-1668 is available on the Heraldry page.