"BANSTEAD, a parish in the first division of the hundred of Copthorne, in the county of Surrey, 3 miles to the E. of Epsom, its post town. To the north of the village are Banstead Downs a finely undulating tract of country, having an elevation of between five and six hundred feet, commanding extensive views, and celebrated for the fine pasture that covers them. They are the site of the famous Epsom racecourse. Part of these downs have been brought under cultivation."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868), Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]