The small historic centre of Elstead sits around a triangular village green and its approaches 5 miles south-east of Farnham on the road to Milford. It is related to a crossing point of the River Wey. The church of St. James (click the link to see the Historic Environment Record for the church) is about 1/3 mile south-west of the centre and is essentially Victorian of 1871-72. The parish registers survive from 1538, the year when they were first ordered to be kept.

There are two catalogues of parish registers held at the Surrey History Centre, click on the underlined and highlighted link to see the catalogue. One set contains vestry, churchwardens’ and overseers’ records covering the years 1683-1888. The other contains banns, marriage, baptism, burial and service registers and other records covering the years 1538-1992.

Elstead, bridge over the river Wey, 1910 Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 4697

Elstead, bridge over the river Wey, 1910
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 4697

The village is in the southern cultivated part of the parish on the Lower Greensand rocks. The woollen industry flourished in this area, as elsewhere along the River Wey, and this is recalled in the names of The Woolpack and Golden Fleece public houses. However the village stayed small with only a gradual increase in size to the start of the 20th century. Further growth took place in the inter-war years and more recently to the south and east of the historic centre.

Elstead Mill is probably on the site of a very early mill and appears by name in 13th century documents. It was rebuilt after a fire in the 17th century, became a paper mill and later a worsted manufactory in the 19th century. It is now a private residence and the finest brick mill in the county.

Image of Elstead Church of England school pupils, circa 1931. Courtesy of J Tedder.

Image of Elstead Church of England school pupils, circa 1931. Courtesy of J Tedder.

The image above has been sent in by J Tedder. If anyone can identify any of the pupils in the photograph we would be very interested in the information. Please use the comment form at the bottom of this page to get in touch.

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9 thoughts on “Elstead”

  1. Michael Organe says:

    Please note that the URL address for the Elstead News website is now http://www.surreycommunity.info/elsteadnews
    The original site is not currently being maintained but it can still be accessed through the new site.

  2. Michael Organe says:

    Elstead Mill is now a restaurant.

  3. Geoff Beasley says:

    Does anyone know where the village constable house was in 1949.? My father was the PC and I lived there till 1954.
    My best friend was Terry Johnson. I remember they had Alsatians.

    1. J. Tedder says:

      On the Thursley Road at the entrance of Moors Lane.

      1. Sue says:

        Do you know if it was always there? My 2 x great grandfather was there in 1851….

        1. graham collyer says:

          In 1851 a John BUAD (Ancestry spelling), born Twickenham 1817, was a police constable in Elstead. He was married, and a lodger at Palshot Farm, Cutmill Lane.

    2. Graham Collyer says:

      I remember your father when he was the village policeman. He kept us Elstead boys in check! The police house was on Thursley Road, corner of Moors Lane. I lived in the village from 1950-65; my ancestors from 1855 continuously, and for several centuries before that.

  4. Elstead has a new website, managed by Elstead Parish Council, it can be found at https://www.elsteadvillage.co.uk

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