Pirbright, Surrey Genealogy
PURBRIGHT (St. Michael), a parish, in the union of Guildford, First division of the hundred of Woking, W. division of Surrey, 6 miles (N. W. by N.) from Guildford; containing 657 inhabitants. This place was originally a chapelry in the parish and royal manor of Woking, and was called Pirifrith; it is uncertain when it was detached, but it appears to have become a separate manor before the reign of Henry III., when the lands belonged to the Clares, earls of Gloucester. The parish comprises 1316 acres of good land, of which 585 are arable, 299 meadow, and 432 pasture and wood; there are also 3006 acres of waste land or common. The Basingstoke canal and the London and South-Western railway pass through. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £82; patron and impropriator, Henry Halsey, Esq., whose tithes have been commuted for £380. The church contains 230 free sittings.
From: Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 618-621. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51225 Date accessed: 26 January 2011.
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Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Surrey Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
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