Woking Family Tree Project
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Woking Family Tree Project

The Family History of Woking is an "in progress" work by the Woking Family Tree Project which started in 2012 and aimed to conduct a "One-Place Study" of St Johns, Woking but soon expanded to include the whole of Woking Parish. We are creating new transcriptions of the original documents available showing the Families who lived in the area constituting the Ancient Parish of Woking and tracing the family relationships. In 2016 it became apparent that, although Horsell was not connected to Woking in the study period and in fact was in a different Hundred and Registration District, the proximity of the village to the area around Woking Railway station was going to cause gaps in the family histories, so the Study area was increased.

The focus of the project will be on the period between 1813 and the 1911 Census although I do want to extend to the return of the Britsh Expeditionary Forces in 1921/2..

This Woking Family Web site is a "Work in Progress" so any data extracted should be checked against original Sources, and some changes to the published information is inevitable as the Registers for the period between 1813 and 1837 do not always provide sufficient evidence.

The Transcribed Data is entered into my main Research Database and wherever possible Family Trees created, the Folks who lived in the Woking/Horsell area are then extracted and presented here.
Note - if you wish to trace these families before (or after) their residence in Woking, you will need to apply for access to my main Research Website.

From a fairly typical rural settlement which wanted to be a town in the 17th Century, but had limited growth due to the water courses surrounding the low ridge, Woking suddenly flourished in the last quarter of the 19th century with the increase in population due to the commercialisation of the new town which grew around the Railway mainline station which had been built on the waste land at Woking Heath in 1838.

Although the policies of the Necropolis Company inhibited much Urban expansion around the station until 1859, the Western side of the Parish (St Johns and Knaphill) grew rapidly as Families which had run the Brick making grounds moved into the Nursery Trade. Commercialisation of the station area expanded in the late 1870’s and land speculators created urban dwellings in the following 20 years although some of the houses were defined as Slums before they were completed. Geography and politics meant that Woking did not have an enclosed sewage system until 1899 (the thirteenth attempt) when the Rive Ditch running along the parish boundary between Woking and Horsell eventually ceased to be used as an open sewer.

Other employment opportunities in the Western part of the Parish were provided by the establishment of the Convict Prisons (later used as Inkerman Barracks) and the large Asylum known as Brookwood.

The other early businesses in Woking of Paper making and (separately) Printing gradually moved away as the demand for water power decreased and more emphasis was placed on the cleanliness of the water. The proximity of Send Marsh to the River Wey probably helped create a stable water flow with a fairly high organic content, great for fishing, but not what you wanted in your book!

PLEASE let me know of all errors, typos and stupid mistakes ASAP

Feature Articles

feature 1 Names, Places and Dates

Description of the Name, Place and dating Conventions used in the Woking Family Trees.

feature 2 Project Methodology

Explaining how the Family History of Woking has been created by transcriptions from the original Documents.
Note - if you wish to trace these families before (or after) their residence in Woking, you will need to apply for access to my Research Database.

feature 3 The Growth of Woking.

The growth of the population of Woking can be analysed by comparing the Census records against the Baptism and Burial records. Currently (2017) there is no plan to include the inmates of Brookwood asylum or the Prison/Army Barrack Blocks on the Knaphill border. However staff living in married quarters or "off campus" are included

feature 4 A brief history of Woking

Due to the Presence of a Royal Manor, Woking has played an influential role in English History from Magna Carta until the death of Henry VIII, the decline of the 17th century changed with the coming of the railways. but in recent years the Town centre has migrated which has caused some confusion, especially for anyone living in "Church Street, Woking" or even "High Street, Woking"

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