Bisley History and Genealogy

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BISLEY is a parish and village, in the County of Surrey, England, situated 2 miles north from Brookwood station and 4 miles north-west from Woking.

The name 'Bisley' was first recorded in the 10th century as 'Busseleghe'.   It comes from the Old English words 'Bysc' meaning bushes and 'Leah' a clearing - the 'clearing where bushes grow'.  The village was not recorded separately in the Domesday Book in 1086, but was included with Chobham in the lands of Chertsey Abbey; A church is recorded.   Bisley was held of the Abbey of Chertsey until 1327 when it was assigned to Queen Isabella as part of the Manor of Byfleet.  The history of Bisley followed that of Byfleet until the reign of James I.  In 1621 Bisley was granted to Sir Edward Zouch along with Woking, Chobham and Bagshot.   The descent of Bisley is then identical to these other manors, eventually coming into the hands of the Earl of Onslow.

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