Burgh Heath

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Burgh Heath
Modernist housing - geograph.org.uk - 1636489.jpg
Modernist housing at Burgh Heath
Burgh Heath is located in Surrey
Burgh Heath
Burgh Heath
 Burgh Heath shown within Surrey
Population 6,219 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid reference TQ242580
District Reigate and Banstead
Shire county Surrey
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Tadworth
Postcode district KT20
Dialling code 01737
Police Surrey
Fire Surrey
Ambulance South East Coast
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Reigate
List of places
UK
England
Surrey

Coordinates: 51°18′18″N 0°13′12″W / 51.305°N 0.220°W / 51.305; -0.220

Burgh Heath /ˌbʌrə ˈhθ/ is a residential neighbourhood with a remnant part of the Banstead Commons of the same name. Immediately north of Upper Kingswood on the A217 road, it adjoins part of Banstead to the north. The north of the area is specifically known as Great Burgh though the terms are largely interchangeable.

History[edit]

At Burgh was a church (connected with its manor held by Bishop Odo of Bayeux which was mentioned in the Domesday book),[2] to which rectors were instituted in the 14th and 15th centuries, but there is no evidence of its having been a separate parish from Banstead after 1414, in the latter's many governmental and ecclesiastical patent, enquiry and taxation rolls.[3] Bergh or Burgh Church was between Little Burgh House and Church Lane, where the foundations remained supporting a barn until about 1880.[3]

Burgh or Great Burgh was a very old manor of Banstead with an Anglo-Saxon name which was one of several settlements to have seen very little expansion before the end of the 19th century being on land which was part of the large, and water-scarce Banstead Heath or Common on the North Downs. It developed into a village-like hamlet in the early part of the 20th century.[3]

Geography[edit]

Burgh Heath is a residential settlement centred around a remnant part of the Banstead Commons of the same name on upper slopes of the North Downs. Adjoining are Nork an neighbourhood of the village Banstead which has that village's train station, directly north and Upper Kingswood to the south. The dual carriageway has meant that today there are two separate areas of housing: a larger part with shops on the main road and surrounding Canons Lane to the east and the other to the west close to the ponds, facing Burgh Heath and to distinguish it from the built up sections, known to its residents as The Green. Burgh Heath had a population of 2,099 forming 839 households at the time of the 2001 Census.[4]

Burgh Heath has a large supermarket store, a luxury sports car garage and Toyota's UK headquarters are in the north of the area at Great Burgh. There is a parade of shops along the A217 of small independent retailers and several small restaurants. However, the majority of residents in the area are commuters out of the area.

Open areas of Burgh Heath[edit]

The residential area is bordered to the south by the Burgh Heath itself, one of four parts of Banstead Commons, managed by the Banstead Commons Conservators and its byelaws. It is bordered east and north by farmland leading to Banstead Woods, managed by local authority Reigate and Banstead borough council.[5]

Beside the supermarket is a triangular wood in part of which is Burgh Heath BMX Track.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011 Census
  2. ^ Burgh Domesday Map
  3. ^ a b c H.E. Malden (editor) (1911). "Parishes: Banstead". A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  4. ^ 2001 Census: Collated Statistics, Surrey County Council 
  5. ^ H.E. Malden, Victoria County History 1911 - Burgh Heath
  6. ^ Reigate and Banstead BC. Directory of local parks and countryside in the Borough, including details about facilities at each

Victoria County History 1911

External links[edit]

Media related to Burgh Heath at Wikimedia Commons