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Capel, Surrey

Historical Description

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.

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 CountySurrey 
Ecclesiastical parishCapel St. John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionDorking 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1653., 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.


Wesleyan Chapel

Society of Friends

Society of Friends Meeting House

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Capel from the following:

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:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Surrey papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictMole Valley
RegionSouth East
Postal districtRH5
Post TownDorking