Banstead is in the Borough of Reigate and Banstead in the County of Surrey. The old village was part of the Manor of Banstead and was held by Royalty from the 13th century for nearly 400 years.
The ancient Parish of Banstead was extensive and included areas which are now part of the Parishes of Tadworth and Kingswood. For centuries up to the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539, the advowson of the Parish Church of All Saints was held by the Augustinian Canons of St Mary Overie, who had a Rectory and Chapel at Burgh Heath.
With the arrival of the railway, first to Sutton and then to Banstead and Epsom Downs, in the 19th century, the small village, best known till then for the quality of the sheep grazing on the Downs and its healthy air away from the smoke and stink of London, became a place to which people could commute from the City. But it was not until the Inter-War period (1910 to 1939) that the area became the subject of very large and rapid development.
The open character of the village itself and its surrounding on all sides by open land remains its finest attributes - to be preserved at all costs, as they have been in the past.
Banstead History Research Group
The Banstead History Research Group is a not for profit organisation whose objects are to research the history of the district and to make known the results of that research by means of exhibitions, talks and publications.