Place:Streatham, London, England

TypeParish, Area
Coordinates51.4279°N 0.1235°W
Located inLondon, England     (1889 - 1965)
Also located inSurrey, England     ( - 1889)
See alsoWandsworth, London, Englandmetropolitan borough in which it was located 1904-1965
Lambeth (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon borough covering the area since 1965
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Streatham is an area south of the River Thames in Greater London, England. Since Greater London was formed in 1965 Streatham is mostly in the London Borough of Lambeth. It is centred 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Charing Cross (a point considered to be the centre of London from which distances are measured).

Streatham was a civil parish until 1904 when it was absorbed into Wandsworth Metropolitan Borough. In 1965 it was part of the borough which was transferred to the London Borough of Lambeth rather than to Wandsworth Borough.

A nineteenth century description

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Streatham from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"STREATHAM, a village, a parish, and a [registration] sub-district, in Wandsworth [registration] district, Surrey. The village stands on the West-End and Croydon railway, 6½ miles SSW of St. Paul's [Cathedral], London; dates from ancient times; and has a post-office under London S, a [railway] station with telegraph, a police station, and a much-frequented mineral spring.
"The parish contains also Upper Tooting, Selhurst, Thornton-Heath, Streatham-Common, and [Balham] hamlets,- all of which, except the first, have [railway] stations; and it includes a detached tract, called Knights-Hill, between Lambeth and Camberwell. Acres: 2,904. Real property: £35,887. Population in 1851: 6,901; in 1861: 8,027. Houses: 1,246. The property is much subdivided; and there are numerous good residences. [Streatham] Park was the seat of the Thralls, and long, in their time, the domicile of Dr. Johnson. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value: £1,200. Patron: the Duke of Bedford. The church was rebuilt in 1830, and its spire in 1842. A chapel of ease, built in 1868, is under care of the rector; and five other churches, in Christchurch-Road, Grove-Road, Streatham-Common, Balham, and Upper Tooting, are separate charges. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Independents, fifteen national schools, an endowed school with £20 a year, St-Ann's Society schools, and charities £190.
"The sub-district includes Lower Tooting, and comprises 3,465 acres. Population: 10,082. Houses: 1,613.

NOTE: Upper Tooting is Tooting Bec; Lower Tooting is Tooting Graveney. Streatham Common and Balham have been redirected here. Selhurst and Thornton Heath were absorbed into Croydon.

Ecclesiastical Parishes

Streatham St. Leonards was the ancient parish of Streatham. The other churches were established, probably as chapelries, in outlying parts of Streatham as the density of population increased. All these parishes were originally in Surrey and have been redirected here.

  • Streatham St. Leonards
  • Streatham Christ Church
  • Streatham St. Mary
  • Streatham Immanuel
  • Streatham St. Peter
  • West Streatham
  • Streatham St. Anselm
  • Streatham St. Paul Furzedown
  • Streatham Immanuel with St Anselm

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Streatham. Includes descriptions of pre 19th-century Streatham.

Greater London Research Tips

  • See under "London" and also under "Middlesex", "Surrey" and "Kent" for key information about Greater London's jurisdictions and records, plus links to indexes, reference aids and Family History Library holdings.
  • The London Metropolitan Archives (40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB) holds records relating to the whole of Greater London. Ancestry (subscription necessary) has produced transcriptions and provides images of lists of baptisms, marriages, and burials in churches across Greater London. These lists start in 1813 and stretch into the 20th century.
  • GENUKI has a long list of websites and archive holders in addition to London Metropolitan Archives above. (The list from GENUKI is not maintained so well that there is never a dead link in it. However, it is often worth googling the title given on the page just in case the contributor has reorganized their website.)
  • GENUKI also has a list of the Archives and Local Studies Libraries for each of the boroughs of Greater London.
  • The London Encyclopaedia by Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert. An e-book available online through Google, originally published by Pan Macmillan. There is a search box in the left-hand pane.
  • London Lives. A very useful free website for anyone researching their London ancestors between the years 1690-1800. This is a fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names.
  • London Ancestor, a website belonging to one of the London family history societies, has a list of transcriptions of directories from the 18th century, listing in one case "all the squares, streets, lanes, courts, yards, alleys, &C. in and about Five Miles of the Metropolis..." In other parts of the same website are maps of various parts of 19th century London and Middlesex.
  • The proceedings of the Old Bailey, London's central criminal court, 1674-1913. A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court. This website is free to use.
  • Registration Districts in London, Registration Districts in Middlesex, Registration Districts in Surrey, Registration Districts in Kent, are lists of the registration districts used for civil registration (births, marriages and deaths, as well as the censuses). There are linked supporting lists of the parishes which made up each registration district, the dates of formation and abolition of the districts, the General Register Office numbers, and the local archive-holding place. This work has been carried out by Brett Langston under the agency of GENUKI (Genealogy United Kingdom and Ireland) and UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths & Censuses on the Internet.
  • A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 4 on Streatham (from the Victoria Series of County Histories provided by British History Online)
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