Leigh, a village and a parish in Surrey. The village stands on an affluent of the river Mole, 3 miles SW of Reigate station on the S.E.R., and has a post office under Reigate; money order and telegraph office, South Park. The parish comprises 3419 acres; population, 508. Leigh Place was the ancient seat of the Ardenes, but is now a farmhouse. Mynthurst is a chief residence. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester; value, o£163. The church is Later English, has been restored, and contains fine brasses of the Ardenes. Ben Jonson is said to have been a resident. The Duke of Norfolk is lord of the manor.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Leigh St. Bartholomew|
|Poor Law union||Reigate|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Surrey History Centre, have images of the Parish Registers for Surrey online.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Leigh from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Leigh (St. Bartholomew))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Surrey is available to browse.
Online maps of Leigh 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.