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Tadworth Mill
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Roman Catholic Church of St. John the Evangelist, The Avenue, Tadworth
Tadworth is located in Surrey
Location within Surrey
Population9,522 [1]
OS grid referenceTQ2256
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTadworth
Postcode districtKT20
Dialling code01737
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°17′38″N 0°14′31″W / 51.294°N 0.242°W / 51.294; -0.242Coordinates: 51°17′38″N 0°14′31″W / 51.294°N 0.242°W / 51.294; -0.242

Tadworth is a large suburban village in Surrey, England in the south-east of the Epsom Downs, part of the North Downs. It forms part of the Borough of Reigate and Banstead. At the 2011 census, Tadworth (and Walton-on-the-Hill) had a population of 7,123[2]


Neolithic and Roman period in Britain[edit]

On a small farm to the north-west, South Tadworth Farm, directly at the top of the westward-facing Langley Vale and south of the Epsom Downs Racecourse, is an Iron Age Banjo enclosure,[3] a term used by archaeologists for a distinctive type of prehistoric settlement. They were mostly constructed and used during the Middle Iron Age (400–100 BC), although some remained in use up to the time of the Roman Conquest (43 AD).[3]

There are three more rectangular inclosures, which may be mentioned here as being connected in all probability with the settlement of which this villa was part, though they are actually over the border of Banstead parish. Two of these are south of the two windmills south of Tadworth. They are well-marked, nearly square inclosures, with a mound and ditch and gateways to the east or south-east. They are east of the road from Betchworth to Banstead. The third is west of the road, and very close to Walton village; but though on land known commonly as Walton Heath, is actually on the Banstead side of the boundary. It is larger than the others, less well-preserved, and with a gateway to the north-west. Roman tiles may be found in or near all three. These inclosures have been commonly referred to as the 'Roman Camps' on Walton Heath, but it is not obvious that they were camps.[4]

Dark and Middle Ages[edit]

Tadworth appears in Domesday Book of 1086 as Tadeorde and Tadorne. It was held partly by Halsart from William de Braiose and partly by Radulf (Ralph) from the Bishop of Bayeux. Its domesday assets were: 2 hides. It had 5 ploughs, woodland worth 4 hogs. It rendered £3 15s 0d.[5] Manorialism operated for the ensuing centuries.

During this period the listed mills were erected in the south.

Some of the windmills, c.1910

North Tadworth Manor[edit]

In 1273 John and James, sons of William Haunsard lord of North Tadworth Manor, gave a carucate of land, 2 acres of pasture, 12 acres of wood, and 20s. rent in North Tadworth and Little Bookham to the Priory of St Mary Overy — they held until the Dissolution of the Monasteries.[4] However, in 1524 they gave it with the rectory of Banstead to William Coltson and Richard Moys and Elizabeth his wife for a term of forty years, which was widened to complete ownership in effect by Henry VIII. From the Crown to Thomas Walson and Robert Moys, eventually the manor was given up to the latter entirely and stayed in his family until his grandson Henry who held court in 1648. At Henry Moys's death the manor passed to his five sisters and co-heirs.[4] In 1659 45 of the owners finally released their income and rights to Christopher Buckle of Burgh (Burgh Heath, see Domesday section for example in Kingswood).[4] Only in 1663 did he acquire the remaining fifth.[4] Since that time North Tadworth has been held as part of the manor of Burgh in Banstead parish.[4]

South Tadworth Manor[edit]

No Charter, Assize Roll, Patent Roll or other manuscript has been found to explain how the Merton Priory came by the manor of South Tadworth, in Domesday Tadeorde, but the priory gained it around the same time when the priory gained Banstead Manor; for they held it in 1291.[4] As with the other manor, this manor was held by a priory until Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries.[4] Henry VIII wanted this land as his own so attached it to the wide, not all joined up, honour of Hampton Court. In 1553 Edward VI granted it in fee to Edward Harendon, also seen as Herrenden, whose children relinquished it from one to the other by fine.[6] In 1631–32 Thomas Grymes acquired it leaving it to his son who became Sir George Grymes; in the English Civil War Robert Wilson acquired and conveyed it to Leonard Wessel [sic] in 1694, who held the manor for ten years during which time he rebuilt in into today's Grade I listed Queen Anne building, children's home and charity headquarters, Tadworth Court. Later an Act of Parliament enabled a fee tail to be cleared off to sell the manor for lack of descendants of John Fleetwood who earlier acquired it, selling it to William Mabbot. Mabbot died at Tadworth Court in 1764, having devised his property to his wife, Lady Rhoda Delves and daughter Rhoda, who with Edward Beaver sold the Court to Sir Henry Harpur in 1773. Robert Hudson and later his widow held from 1808 to c. 1860 followed by Lord Chief Justice Sir Charles Russell, created later first Baron Russell of Killowen and held from 1900 by C. D. Morton.[4]

Rectory Manors of Banstead[edit]

These were held by St Mary Overie Priory until the dissolution and at various times included the above two manors and the manor of Southmerfield.

In 1732 Edward Fulham, son and heir of Anne daughter and eventually heir of Robert Wayth, sold his fifth share to Christopher Buckle. After this time the entire rectory descended with the advowson (right to call a vicar), and the Earl of Egmont is the present impropriator of the great tithes with the exception of those in South Tadworth, which apparently passed out of the hands of the owner of the rectory in 1551.[4] Theoretically therefore chancel repair liability can apply to those lay impropriators who acquired the land of the South Tadworth manor of 1551 and of the 1911 Earl of Egmont's Banstead Manor in the village of Banstead which he bought in 1847.[4][7]

Post Reformation[edit]

During this period South Tadworth manor's purchasing Lord of the Manor, Leonard Wessels rebuilt the manor on its site and renamed it Tadworth Court in 1700.[4]

Post Industrial Revolution[edit]

In 1848, the publisher Samuel Lewis described the place only under Banstead, where the living was a perpetual curacy and "A place of worship for dissenters in Tadworth"; much of the proverbial Banstead Mutton pasture was at that time being replaced by tilled fields. The great tithes were commuted for £393, the vicarial lesser tithes for £300, and a rent-charge of £201. 5. 9. was payable to the trustees of Newport Grammar School; the glebe (of Banstead) consisted of 6½ acres.[8]

In 1874 a school board was formed for Banstead, Tadworth, and Kingswood, and in 1875 Tadworth and Kingswood School was opened by the board, now Kingswood Primary School.[4]

Still in 1911 topographer and historian H. E. Malden describes Tadworth in detail but summarises it as "Tadworth is a hamlet on the Reigate road, included now in the ecclesiastical district of Kingswood". However, by that date there was "a Baptist chapel at Tadworth".[4]

The British Transport Police's training headquarters was located at a site between Tadworth and Walton-on-the-Hill until it was closed in 2010. The Dog Section Training School which shared the site was relocated to Keston at this time, to the same location as the Metropolitan Police Dog Training School.


Neighbouring settlements include Walton-on-the-Hill, Kingswood, Epsom, Burgh Heath, Banstead, Reigate. Tadworth lay within the Copthorne hundred, an administrative division devised by the Saxons and later adopted by the Normans.

There are no watercourses draining the area as the chalk easily absorbs water on the Downs.[9][10] The Tattenham Corner Branch Line forms a deep, curved cutting running past gardens in the centre of the village as it turns to the racecourse to the north, and arrives from a tunnel immediately south of the Tadworth Roundabout preserving the gently wooded heath there.[10]

The village adjoins in its north-west corner the top of Langley Vale, topped by the Iron Age enclosure in South Tadworth Farm.[3] Epsom Downs Racecourse is home to The Derby and forms a contiguous development with the Tattenhams, a ward consisting of: the neighbourhoods of Great Tattenhams in the north by Nork, Banstead; Little Tattenhams and Tattenham Corner, see Tattenham Corner.

Elevation, geology and soil[edit]

The entire village sits on top of the North Downs and, taken as a whole, slopes very gradually from the north from 180m AOD in the south to 151m AOD at the top of Langley Vale (Downsway Close/Kingswood Road).[11] Tadworth is roughly rectangular and is under a mile broad as it has historically been taken to include Banstead Heath to the south, on which it was placed.[10]

Its geology is that of the North Downs (see Surrey - Geology); as to soil, Chipstead, Banstead and Tadworth have the first free-draining, slightly acid loamy soil that tops the wider downs to Guildford and is found around Dorking; it is seen further along the Hog's Back along its northern side as well in Surrey.[9]

Local government[edit]

Surrey County Council elected every four years, has one representative; Mr Jeff Harris (Conservative Party)[12]

The second party forming the main local opposition in the 2009 election, was the UKIP candidate gaining 1042 votes versus the winning candidate's 2721.[13]

Three councillors sit on Reigate and Banstead borough council, who are:

In Office




2014 Rachel Turner Lower Kingswood, Tadworth & Walton
2015 Jamie Paul Lower Kingswood, Tadworth & Walton
2016 Rod Ashford Lower Kingswood, Tadworth & Walton


Tadworth Court
Home to the Children's Trust

The Children's Trust[edit]

The Children's Trust, Tadworth a national charity providing special care for severely disabled children and rehabilitation to children with acquired brain injuries. This is housed in Tadworth Court. Tadworth Court is a grand Grade I listed building and was built at the height of Queen Anne style architecture in the very early 18th century – namely here in 1700 for Leonard Wessels, Lord of the Manor of Banstead.[15]

The Water Tower[edit]

Tower House, Tower Road, Tadworth This building was constructed in 1898 and provided water from the springs of the Sutton District Water Company in Sutton. This enabled substantial development to take place locally. The tower was decommissioned in the early 20th century in favour of one at Colley Hill. The tower has been a prominent landmark on the edge of the heath and now is a domestic residence.


At the 2001 Census Tadworth had a population of 9,522 in 3,792 households.[1]

Religious buildings[edit]

Church of the Good Shepherd, Tadworth

The Church of the Good Shepherd is the local Anglican church, which celebrated its centenary in 2012. It is open daily and has a church hall.[16]

St. John the Evangelist[17] is the local Roman Catholic church for the area. It is a modern church and parish, being built and created in the mid-twentieth century.


Tadworth has a Non-League football club Banstead Athletic F.C. who play at Merland Rise.

Tadworth Cricket Club is situated opposite the Duke's Head Pub, on the south-east side of the B2032. It has picturesque grounds surrounded by woodland and with the lighting from the pubs opposite illuminating it on a summer's evening. The club was founded in 1903, and at that time the club was originally based at a site some 400 yards north of where it is currently situated. It is not known exactly when the club moved to its present site, but it is believed to be before the First World War. The 'Green' was substantially smaller then and lacked a pavilion.

Tadworth Athletic Club are well known in Surrey and have a number of Sub 3hr Marathon runners

In 1951 the club members built a new pavilion near the present site. It, along with the whole of the clubs' records and ground equipment, were destroyed by fire. The new pavilion was opened by Alf Gover (formerly of Surrey CCC and England) during Tadworth Village week in 1993. During the summer months, cricket is played at the ground by members of the Club. The club has three adult teams, two of which play on Saturday afternoons in the Surrey Downs League, and the other plays Sundays. The club also has a thriving colts section, with players aged 8–16 who play competitive cricket in the NEC Surrey Colts League.

Culture and community[edit]

Shops and services[edit]

The village has two, or possibly three, small shopping areas. The largest is around the station, approximately in the centre of the Tadworth area. There is another towards the south of the area, nearer to Walton Heath, and a third, known locally as Shelvers Hill, to the north, near to Epsom Downs. The shops in these areas are part of the increasingly rare British village landscape, featuring amongst them a butcher’s shop, fishmonger and game dealer, baker, greengrocer and delicatessen. There are also two estate agents, a travel agent, an off licence, a gift shop, several restaurants and two newsagents/general stores. Services include one bank a post office, a medical centre, a dentist, an optician, tyre specialist and a vet's surgery. There are three public houses situated to the south-east of the village centre, along the B2032 Dorking Road, these being the Blue Anchor, the Dukes' Head and Inn on the Green.

International film actress, Betty Stockfeld died in Tadworth on the 27th. of January, 1966.


1st Tadworth Sea Scout Group was registered on 2 December 1947, originally 1st Tadworth (Church of the Good Shepherd).[18] They became Sea Scouts in 1997 following the Scout Masters' passion for sailing. The group falls under Banstead District.[19] and follows the Policies, Organisation and Rules of the UK Scout Association.[20]


  • St John's Nursery School is situated to the side of St John's catholic church on The Avenue.[21]
  • Tadworth Primary School is located on the Tadworth Park estate to the east of the village centre, with entrances on Heathcote and Tadorne Road.
  • The nearest secondary school is The Beacon School in Banstead with alternative schools in Ashtead, Epsom or Reigate.
  • Independent co-educational preparatory school, Chinthurst School is located to the south of the village, on the road to Walton-on-the-Hill, and caters for boys and girls aged two to eleven years.


Tadworth Station


There are two national rail stations, Tadworth close to the centre of the village and for some residents Tattenham Corner railway station is nearer, adjoining Epsom Downs. Both are in Oyster Card Zone 6.

Bus services 420 and 460 pass through the village, towards Epsom, Sutton, Redhill and Crawley.


The wood-lined Brighton Road (A217) marks the eastern boundary of Tadworth as a dual carriageway with direct access of Reigate Hill junction of the M25 London Orbital Motorway across Banstead/Walton Heath to the south.


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  2. ^ Banstead, Reigate and. "Census 2011 Ward Profiles | Reigate and Banstead". www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 2 January 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Iron Age banjo enclosure, associated enclosure and linear features, 323m south-west of South Tadworth Farm Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1005925)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n H.E. Malden, ed. (1911). "Parishes: Banstead". A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3. Institute of Historical Research. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  5. ^ Surrey Domesday Book Archived 30 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Feet of Fines Surrenders in the Trinity Term, year 29 of Elizabeth I
  7. ^ See chancel repair liability
  8. ^ Samuel Lewis, ed. (1848). "Bampton - Bardsea". A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Cranfield University National Soil Resources Institute". Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  10. ^ a b c Map Archived 24 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine created by Ordnance Survey, courtesy of English Heritage
  11. ^ "Grid reference Finder measurement tools". Archived from the original on 12 September 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  12. ^ Surrey County Council, County Hall (17 April 2020). "Councillor details - Mr Jeff Harris". mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 18 September 2020. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  13. ^ Surrey 2009 Election Results Archived 11 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Your Councillors". reigate-banstead.moderngov.co.uk. 17 April 2020. Archived from the original on 1 November 2020. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  15. ^ Tadworth Court - Architecture Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1029004)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  16. ^ "Church of the Good Shepherd, Tadworth". Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  17. ^ "St John's Tadworth - Roman Catholic Church website". Archived from the original on 25 November 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  18. ^ "1st Tadworth Scout Group". Banstead District. Archived from the original on 19 October 2020. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  19. ^ "1st Tadworth Scout Group". Banstead District. Archived from the original on 19 September 2020. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  20. ^ "Scouts". www.scouts.org.uk. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  21. ^ "Streetmap.co.uk". Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 28 August 2006.

External links[edit]

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