In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Byfleet like this:
BYFLEET, a village and a parish in Chertsey district, Surrey. The village stands near the river Wey, the Junction canal, and the Southwestern railway, 2 miles SSW of Weybridge r. station, and 2½ WNW of Cobham; and has a post office under Weybridge station. It is a curious picturesque place; and includes several old mansions. The parish comprises 2,068 acres. Real property, £3,991. Pop., 770. Houses, 153. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged anciently to the Crown; was given by Edward II. ...
to Piers Gaveston; came again to the Crown; and was settled by James I. on Anne of Denmark. Byfleet Park, now a farm house, is said to have been built by the Black Prince, and both it and Dorney House in the village are alleged to have been the nursing place of Henry VIII. A mansion was founded on the manor by Anne of Denmark, and completed by Sir James Fullerton. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £295.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is good; and there are a national school, and charities £23. Stephen Duck, the poetical protegé of Queen Caroline, and Joseph Spence, the author of "Polymetis," were rectors.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Byfleet has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Woking. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Byfleet and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Byfleet, in Woking and Surrey | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 08th March 2014
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