Chipstead, Surrey

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Chipstead is a commuter village in north-east Surrey, England. Neighbouring villages include Woodmansterne, Banstead, Coulsdon, Hooley and Kingswood.

History

The village lay within the Reigate hundred.

Chipstead appears in Domesday Book as Tepestede. It was held by William de Wateville. Its Domesday assets were: 3 hides; 7 ploughs, 1 mill worth £1, woodland worth 5 hogs. It rendered £8.

Today

The census area Chipstead, Hooley and Woodmansterne has a population of 6.912. Today Chipstead does not have a clearly defined village centre; instead there are several small areas of economic activity in a leafy, largely residential area.

The village is home to many societies, some of which are linked to the village church, St Margaret's. Another focal point of the village is a small parade of shops, near to the station.

Despite having some of the most expensive housing in the area, the residents of Chipstead continue to resist the installation of street lighting, particularly in the southern parts of the village.

In 2007 the local resident's associations combined to launch a village website, www.chipsteadvillage.org[1]

Chipstead Downs is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). To the north-west of the village is Banstead Heath, an area of open common land which is used by many groups. There is a large car park just north of the village on the road to Banstead. This area is maintained by the Banstead Commons Conservators. [2]

Sport and leisure

Within the vicinity of Chipstead, there are several sports clubs, many taking the Chipstead name.

  • Chipstead F.C. a Non-League football club has a minor claim to fame as some of Footballers' Wives was filmed here.
  • Chipstead Rugby Football Club is also situated in the village. They play in Surrey League 1 and have been open since 1960.

There are also numerous stables nearby; there is also an amateur dramatics society with a little theatre of its own created out of an old stable block. Footballer Danny Murphy and his wife Joanna Taylor live in Chipstead with their two children.

Transport

Chipstead railway station is on the Tattenham Corner Line.

There are no bus services through the village, although route 166 run by Arriva London for London Buses passes the edge of the area to serve neighbouring Woodmansterne. For other services and connections it is preferable to travel to Banstead or Coulsdon.

See also

  • List of places of worship in Reigate and Banstead

References

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External links

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