Place:Shepperton, Middlesex, England

TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates51.388°N 0.454°W
Located inMiddlesex, England     ( - 1965)
Also located inSurrey, England     (1965 - )
See alsoStaines, Middlesex, Englandecclesiastical parish of which it was a chapelry
Spelthorne Hundred, Middlesex, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Staines Rural, Middlesex, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1930
Sunbury, Middlesex, Englandurban district of which it was a part 1930-1974
Spelthorne District, Surrey, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Shepperton was historically a chapelry of the parish of Staines, later becoming a separate parish in its own right. From 1894 to 1930 it was part of Staines Rural District and from 1930 it was part of Staines Urban District. In 1965, Staines Urban District was one of the few parts of Middlesex not to be absorbed into Greater London, transferring instead to the non-metropolitan Spelthorne District or Borough in Surrey.

Shepperton is 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Charing Cross, London (a point in the centre of London from which distances are commonly measured), bounded by the Thames to the south, and in the northwest bisected by the M3 motorway. Shepperton is equidistant between the towns of Chertsey, Surrey, and Sunbury, Middlesex.

The suburbanisation of Shepperton began in the mid to late 19th century with the construction in 1864 of its railway. Credit for this venture is largely owing to its manor owner William Schaw Lindsay. The railway was originally envisaged to extend beyond the village to serve the market town of Chertsey. Shepperton's relative closeness to London coupled with improvements to the river such as Shepperton Lock built in 1813 helped it to develop into a suburban settlement where merchants and professionals chose to construct and rent villas in its smog-free environs and commute daily to the city.

A change to secular council-administered rather than church-administered public services followed the establishment of poor law unions and sanitary districts and was completed with the founding, in 1889, of the Staines Rural District (and the Middlesex County Council from 1896). In 1930 on the rural district's abolition, Shepperton became part of the Sunbury Urban District until its dissolution into a reduced and reconfigured county of Surrey in 1965.

Middlesex Research Tips

Parts of Middlesex were absorbed into London in 1889 (Inner London), and some in 1965 (Outer London). Depending on the specific location and the year being investigated it may be necessary to check London records as well as those of Middlesex.

  • See under "Middlesex" for key information about the jurisdictions and records of Middlesex, 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.
  • The Victoria History of the County of Middlesex is a series of volumes available online through British History Online. The volumes were written over the past hundred or so years by a number of authors and cover various sections of Middlesex. A list of the volumes and what each contains can be found under the source Victoria History of the County of Middlesex
  • 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 has a separate page for Middlesex references.
  • GENUKI also has a list of the Archives and Local Studies Libraries for each of the boroughs of Greater London.
  • Registration Districts in Middlesex and Registration Districts in London, 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.

Surrey Research Tips


Administrative boundaries of the county of Surrey (Surrey History Centre. The centre has a website with a number of useful indexes--titheholders in various parishes, deaths at the county gaol, etc.)

Registration Districts

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

GENUKI provisions

The website GENUKI provides a very comprehensive list of reference sources for the County of Surrey. It includes:

  • Archives and Libraries
  • Church record availability for both Surrey and the former Surrey part of Greater London
  • 19th century descriptions of the ecclesiastical parishes
  • Lists of cemeteries
  • Local family history societies
  • A list of historic maps online


  • The Victoria History of the County of Surrey is a series of three volumes available online through British History Online. The volumes were written over the past hundred or so years by a number of authors and cover various sections of Surrey. A list of the volumes and what each contains can be found under the source Victoria History of the County of Surrey. Both volumes 3 and 4 contain areas which are part of Greater London and parts of modern Surrey.
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