Titsey, Surrey Genealogy

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Titsey St James

Parish History

'TITSEY, a parish, in the union of Godstone, Second division of the hundred of Tandridge, E. division of Surrey, 5 miles (N. E. by E.) from Godstone; containing 205 inhabitants. This parish is situated on the road from Croydon to Maidstone, and includes within its limits one of the sources of the river Medway. It comprises 1936 acres, of which 620 are meadow and pasture, 328 wood, 31 in hop-grounds, and the rest arable; the soil is in some parts chalk, in others clay, and lime of superior quality is made from the chalk-pits of Botley Hill here, which is 880 feet above the level of the sea. The village is beautifully situated in the midst of verdant meadows and richly-wooded hills. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £7. 17. 3½.; net income, £290; patron, W. L. Gower, Esq.: the glebe contains about 30 acres. The ancient church, which stood near the mansion-house of Titsey Place, was taken down, and a new edifice erected in 1776, by Sir John Gresham; in the north wall of the chancel is a stone with brass effigies of William Gresham and family.'[1]


Civil Registration

Godstone Registration District

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

Online Titsey, Surrey Genealogy Parish Register Images and Indexes
Indexes 1579-1812
FamilySearch[2] 1581-1811 FamilySearch[3] 1586-1842 FindMyPast[4]
1581-1774 FindMyPast[5]
1780-1812 Ancestry[6]

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Census records

See Surrey Census

Poor Law Unions

Godstone Poor Law Union,Surrey

Probate records

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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  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 362-366.
  2. Batches C014142, P014141, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Surrey, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 2 April 2012.
  3. Batch M014141, see: Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Surrey, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 2 April 2012.
  4. 'Parish Records - National Burial Index Records 1538 - 2005 Coverage,' Find My Past, accessed 11 April 2012. For a breakdown of missing years, see 'National Burial Index - Coverage: Surrey,' Federation of Family History Societies, accessed 11 April 2012.
  5. 'Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county,' Origins.net (WayBack Machine), accessed 27 March 2012.
  6. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm