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Banstead is a pleasant Surrey town located near Reigate, Kingston-upon-Thames and Sutton, sitting on the London borders.  

Banstead appears in the Domesday Book (1086) when it was known as Benestede which is thought to originate from the Anglo Saxon word Bene (bean) and stede (inhabited state). Banstead Downs also has historic connections, becoming well known for horse racing in the 17th century when it was visited in 1683 by King Charles II, who attended a race meeting there. Today, Banstead High Street is worth a visit and still retains many independent shops which enjoy a lively trade alongside the, perhaps inevitable, chains and supermarkets.