Municipal Borough of Surbiton

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 • 1894 3,046 acres (12.3 km2)
 • 1965 4,710 acres (19.1 km2)
 • 1901 15,017
 • 1961 62,977
 • Created 1855
 • Abolished 1965
 • Succeeded by Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Status Improvement Commissioners District(1855 - 1894)
Urban district (1894 - 1936)
Municipal borough (after 1936)
 • Motto Consilio Et Animis
(By Wisdom and Courage)

Surbiton was a local government district in northeast Surrey, United Kingdom from 1855 to 1965.


Until 1855 Surbiton was administered as part of the parish of Kingston upon Thames. In that year a body of improvement commissioners was formed by a local act of parliament to govern the area.[1]


The Local Government Act 1894 reconstituted the Improvement Commissioners District as an urban district, and Surbiton Urban District Council was formed to replace the commissioners.

The parishes of Hook and Tolworth were added from the short-lived Kingston Rural District in 1895 and Chessington was added in 1933, transferred from Epsom Rural District. In 1936 the town was granted a charter of incorporation to become a municipal borough.


Surbiton formed part of the review area of the Royal Commission on Local Government in Greater London. The transfer to Greater London was supported by Surbiton Borough Council and opposed by Surrey County Council.[2] In 1965 it was abolished and its former area transferred to Greater London to be merged into an expanded Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

Coat of arms

The borough's coat of arms was: Azure an elm tree proper in front of a sun ascendant or. The supporters were two stags proper, and the crest was a winged lion couchant above a bridge proper. The arms survives in a stained glass window of Surbiton's parish church of Saint Mark.[3]


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