Byfleet

This village is located south of Weybridge on the River Wey and forms a suburb of Woking,. The village is crossed by the main railway line to London Waterloo with stations at Byfleet and at Newhaw and West Byfleet. Byfleet and West Byfleet are bisected by the M25 motorway.

Byfleet was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Biflet. Traces of a Neolithic village have been found but the first record appears to be in 727 when a charter of the King of Mercia granted the area to Chertsey Abbey.

At the time of the Norman Conquest, Byfleet was a Saxon Manor under the Abbot of Westminster and part of the forest of Windsor. King William I considered the area for a royal country house and acquired it from the Abbot. Byfleet was a royal manor until 1826.

West Byfleet became a separate parish in 1917 and is about 2.5 miles from Byfleet village centre. Byfleet became part of Woking Urban District Council in 1933 having previously been part of Chertsey Rural District Council.

Nearby is Brooklands which was formerly a pioneer motor racing centre and airfield, originally developed by the Locke-King family, and is now a large retail and leisure development. The town of Weybridge is to the north of the parish.

Panel on font, Byfleet Church Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 2439

Panel on font, Byfleet Church
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 2439

The parish church of St. Mary dates from the 13th century but has been much rebuilt. The parish church of West Byfleet is the church of St. John the Baptist and was built in 1910-12 by W D Caroe. Byfleet Manor was originally built in the 17th century and although extensively rebuilt over the years is still recognized as one of the most attractive houses of its period in the county.

Click here to see the catalogue of the St Mary, Byfleet, Parish Records (1698-1982) held at the Surrey History Centre.

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3 thoughts on “Byfleet”

  1. ALAN FAIRLIE says:

    This is only a small matter but to be accurate the railway station serving Byfleet is “Byfleet and New Haw” and was previously called “West Weybridge” station. The station at West Byfleet is called just that but was previously named “Byfleet” which led to much confusion until both stations were renamed.

  2. Doug Hill says:

    My mother was born in 1932 and wants to trace the house she was born in. This was a bungalow named Panholme and address was Sandy Lane, Byfleet , Chertsey. We have found two sandy Lanes, one was in Pyrford GU22 8TS and the other was in GU22 7TS. Would you happen to know which one it could be please?

  3. Rahimi says:

    At Byfleet 9th September 1911

    ON the afternoon of September 9th, a number of working women of the Passmore Edwards’ Settlement, who were spending their holidays with Miss Schepel and Miss Buckton at Vanners, in Byfleet, a village some twenty miles out of London, had the great privilege of meeting ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. They wrote a short record of his sayings to keep for themselves. The following is an extract: —
    We gathered round him in a circle, and he made us sit beside him in the window seat. One of the members, who was ill, had a specially beautiful greeting from him. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá began by saying, as he seated himself: “Are you happy?” and our faces must have shown him that we were. He then said: “I love you all, you are the children of the Kingdom, and you are accepted of God. Though you may be poor here, you are rich in the treasures of the Kingdom. I am the Servant of the poor. Remember how His Holiness Jesus said: `Blessed are the poor!’ If all the queens of the earth were gathered here, I could not be more glad!”
    ‘Abdu’l-Bahá knew that we had a treasury box from which we try to help people less fortunate than ourselves. Presently he rose, and said: “You are dear to me. I want to do something for you! I cannot cook for you (he had previously seen us busy in the kitchen) but here is something for your fund.” He went round the circle to each, with a beautiful smile, shaking hands with all, and giving the Bahá’í greeting: “Alláh’u’Abhá!”

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