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Pirbright, Surrey

Historical Description

Pirbright, a village and a parish in Surrey. The village stands near the Basingstoke Canal, 1 mile from Brookwood station on the L. & S.W.R., and 6 miles NW of Guildford, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Woking. Acreage of parish, 4711; population, 889. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. The manor belongs to the Halsey family. A large portion of the common lands around the village have been purchased by the War Department, and are used as a musketry station by the brigade of Foot Guards. The National Rifle Association camp, called Bisley after the adjoining parish, to distinguish it from the Pirbright Guards' camp, is with the exception of a small portion, in this parish. (See BISLEY.) The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester; net value, £180 with residence. The church and its tower were rebuilt in 1785 after a fire, and the chancel was built in 1846. There is a Congregational chapel.

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 parishPurbright St. Michael 
Poor Law unionGuildford 

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

Church Records, in association with Surrey History Centre, have images of the Parish Registers for Surrey online.

Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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


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Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionSouth East
Postal districtGU24
Post TownWoking