Tandridge District

Coordinates: 51°15′26″N 0°00′00″E / 51.2573°N 0.0000°E / 51.2573; 0.0000
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Tandridge District
Caterham, the largest town in Tandridge
Caterham, the largest town in Tandridge
Official logo of Tandridge District
(Latin: Harmony)
Tandridge shown within Surrey
Tandridge shown within Surrey
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countySurrey
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQOxted
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyTandridge District Council
 • LeadershipAlternative - Sec.31 (Independents and Oxted & Limpsfield Residents Group Alliance (council NOC))
 • MPsClaire Coutinho
 • Total95.8 sq mi (248.2 km2)
 • Rank148th (of 309) Highest point  : Botley Hill
 • Total87,876
 • Rank275th (of 309)
 • Density920/sq mi (350/km2)
 • Ethnicity[1]
93.8% White
2.0% S.Asian
1.8% Black
1.4% Mixed Race
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code43UK (ONS)
E07000215 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTQ3954252860

Tandridge is a local government district in east Surrey, England. Its council is based in Oxted, although the largest settlement is Caterham; other notable settlements include Warlingham, Godstone and Lingfield. In mid-2019, the district had an estimated population of 88,129.

Tandridge borders the Borough of Reigate and Banstead to the west, the London Borough of Croydon to the north, the London Borough of Bromley to the north-east, the Sevenoaks District of Kent to the east, the Wealden District of East Sussex to the south-east, the Mid Sussex District of West Sussex to the south and the Borough of Crawley, also in West Sussex, to the south-west.

The district contains parts of the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Weald. It also contains several woodlands and some open heathland. Elevations above sea level range from 267 m (876 ft) at Botley Hill, in the North Downs near Oxted, to 42 m (138 ft) near Edenbridge.[2]


It is named after a hillside village and slope on the south slope of the North Downs, Tandridge. Tandridge hundred, an early local government district, covered roughly the same area. By the late 19th century, hundreds were no longer relevant, and urban and rural districts replaced any remaining functions in 1894.

The vast majority of the district is covered by the Metropolitan Green Belt to prevent extension of the London urban area.[3]

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of Caterham and Warlingham urban district and Godstone Rural District. Since 2000, civil parish councils once again cover the district.

The district is not currently twinned, but one of its towns, Lingfield, is twinned with Plaisance-du-Touch, a commune on the outskirts of Toulouse, France.[4]


Elections to Tandridge District Council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the 42 seats on the council being elected at each election. From the first election in 1973 to 1990 the Conservative party controlled the council, but for most of the 1990s no party had a majority. This changed at the 2000 election when the Conservatives regained a majority. In 2019, Tandridge Council entered No Overall Control. As of the 2022 election the council is composed of the following councillors:-[5]

Party Councillors
Independents and Oxted and Limpsfield Residents Group Alliance 18
Liberal Democrats 11
Conservative Party 10
Independent 3

District Council Committees[edit]

  • Community Services - leisure, refuse collection, recycling, public toilets, litter, street cleaning
  • Planning - planning, applications, development
  • Housing - council housing
  • Licensing
  • Overview & Scrutiny - corporate strategy, performance indicators, Best Value, audit reports
  • Planning Policy - Local Plan, Land charges, building control, environmental health
  • Resources - Finance, community safety, Council Tax, benefits, business rates, information technology
  • Standards - councillors' code of conduct[6]

Towns, villages, neighbourhoods and Civil Parish(es)[edit]

Civil Parishes in Tandridge District

Town, village or neighbourhood Parish 1 Parish 2
Bletchingley which includes South Park, Brewer Street and Warwick Wold Bletchingley
Burstow which includes Smallfield** and Weatherhill Burstow
Caterham Caterham on the Hill Caterham Valley
Chaldon Chaldon
Chelsham Chelsham and Farleigh
Crowhurst Crowhurst
Dormansland which includes Dormans Park and Haxted Dormansland
Farleigh which includes Fickleshole Chelsham and Farleigh
Felbridge which includes Domewood Felbridge
Godstone which includes South Godstone*, Tyler's Green, Church Town, Tilburstow and Blindley Heath* Godstone
Horne which includes Newchapel and Whitewood Horne
Limpsfield which includes Limpsfield Chart*, Paines Hill and Langhurst Limpsfield
Lingfield which includes Felcourt Lingfield
Outwood Outwood
Oxted which includes Hurst Green* and Holland Oxted
Nutfield which includes South Nutfield* and Ridge Green Nutfield
Tandridge which includes Crowhurst Lane End Tandridge
Tatsfield Tatsfield
Titsey Titsey
Warlingham which includes Hamsey Green* Warlingham
Whyteleafe Whyteleafe
Woldingham which includes Woldingham Garden Village Woldingham


Each civil parish is named after one of its towns or villages which has been established around an Anglican church. All other settlements/neighbourhoods with their own Anglican church or chapel and therefore traditionally in England defined as "a village" are marked with an asterisk. A double asterisk indicates the locality has a church hall used as a Church of England church.[8] One chapel in Limpsfield ecclesiastical parish and civil parish has no adjoining settlement, in Staffhurst Wood.


Coat of arms of Tandridge District
Tandridge Escutcheon.png
Granted 17 March 1977
Upon a mural crown Or a grasshopper Vert.
Gules three bezants each charged with an estoile of eight rays also Gules.
On either side a griffin Or holding a sword erect Proper the quillons formed of a vol Or the pommel Azure.
Concordia (Harmony)[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics: Neighbourhood Statistics: Tandridge
  2. ^ Local Authority Map. Accessed 2012-04-23
  3. ^ London Green Belt Council http://londongreenbeltcouncil.org.uk/threats_map/
  4. ^ District Council link to external website. Accessed 2012-04-23
  5. ^ "Tandridge". BBC News Online. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  6. ^ Councillor Conduct Tandridge District Council
  7. ^ Map created by Ordnance Survey, courtesy of English Heritage
  8. ^ Church of England website - ecclesiastical parish finder
  9. ^ "Tandridge District Council (Surrey)". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 31 May 2022.

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