Place:Petersham, Surrey, England

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NamePetersham
TypeSuburb
Coordinates51.4464°N 0.3033°W
Located inSurrey, England     ( - 1965)
See alsoRichmond, Surrey, Englandmunicipal borough in which it was located 1892-1965
Richmond upon Thames (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon borough of which it has been part since 1965
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Petersham is a place in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames on the east of the bend in the River Thames south of Richmond, which it shares with neighbouring Ham. It provides the foreground of the scenic view from Richmond Hill across Petersham Meadows, with Ham House further along the river. Other nearby places include: Twickenham, Isleworth, Teddington, Mortlake and Roehampton.

Petersham was originally considered to be a chapelry and became a civil parish. It was part of Richmond Municipal Borough from 1892 until 1965.

A nineteenth century description

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

"PETERSHAM, a village and a parish in Richmond district, Surrey. The village stands near the river Thames, under Richmond hill, 1 mile S of Richmond [railway] station; takes its name from having belonged to St. Peter's abbey at Chertsey; gives the title of Viscount to the family of Stanhope, Earls of Harrington; and has a post-office under London S W. The parish comprises 660 acres. Real property: £6,100. Population: 637. Houses: 108. The property is divided. Ham House is the seat of the Earl of Dysart; Pembroke Lodge, the seat of Earl Russell. Petersham House, Petersham Lodge, Sudbrook Park, Montrose House, Bute House, Douglas House, Manor House, Gort House, and Reston Lodge are other residences; likewise the Star and Garter, the famous Richmond hotel. The living is a vicarage, annexed to that of Kew, in the diocese of Winchester. The church was built in 1505; has been mainly modernized; and contains the grave of the Duchess of Landerdale, some ancient monuments, and a tablet to the memory of the navigator Vancouver. There are a parochial and infant school, and charities about £50."

Surrey Research Tips

Part of a list taken from GENUKI

Archives and Libraries

Cemeteries

Surrey Cemeteries & Crematoriums

Church Records

Civil Registration

  • Registration Districts in Surrey for the period 1837 to the present. By drilling down through the links you can follow any parish through the registration districts to which it was attached.

Government

Administrative boundaries of the county of Surrey (Surrey History Centre)

History

Maps

Societies

Greater London Research Tips

  • See wiki.familysearch.org 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.
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