Place:Thames Ditton, Surrey, England

NameThames Ditton
Alt namesThames-Dittonsource: Family History Library Catalog
Claygatesource: village in parish until 1974
Ember and Westonsource: village in parish
Giggs Hillsource: village in parish
Weston Greensource: village in parish
TypeParish, Suburb
Coordinates51.3948°N 0.3412°W
Located inSurrey, England
See alsoElmbridge Hundred, Surrey, Englandancient county division in which it was part located
Kingston Hundred, Surrey, Englandancient county division in which it was part located
Kingston Rural, Surrey, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1895
Esher and the Dittons, Surrey, Englandurban district of which it was part 1895-1933
Esher, Surrey, Englandurban district of which it was part 1933-1974
Elmbridge District, Surrey, Englanddistrict municipality in which it has been located since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
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

Thames Ditton is a suburban village by and on the River Thames, on the edge of southwest Greater London, and in the Elmbridge District or Borough of Surrey, England. It has a large inhabited island in the river but is otherwise on the southern bank, its centre located 12.2 miles (19.6 km) southwest of Charing Cross in central London. Its clustered village centre and shopping area on a winding High Street is surrounded by housing, schools and sports areas. Its riverside is situated opposite Hampton Court Palace Gardens in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Its railway station is one of two on the Hampton Court Branch Line and is 500m from riverside end of the village centre and the village of Weston Green that was hived off from it in 1939. Two other villages within the modern parish are Claygate and Giggs Hill. Thames Ditton was part of Esher and the Dittons Urban District from 1895 until 1933 when the name of the urban district was changed to Esher Urban District.

Thames Ditton joins Long Ditton and Weston Green in occupying the land between Surbiton, Esher and East Molesey. Although reduced to less than one square mile, it formerly covered more than four square miles.

Thames Ditton was originally a chapelry in the ecclesiastical parish of Kingston upon Thames.


Claygate became an ecclesiastical parish in 1840, but was always linked to Thames Ditton for civil administration until 1974. (Source: "A Vision of Britain through Time")

Ember and Weston

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

"EMBER and WESTON, a hamlet in Thames-Ditton parish, Surrey; on the river Mole, near the Southwestern railway, 2 miles SW of Kingston. Real property: £6,059. Population: 1,718. Houses: 355. Ember Court here belonged formerly to the Onslows; and is now the seat of Admiral Sir Charles Sullivan, Bart."


For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Thames Ditton. There is a lot of information here.

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.


  • The National Library of Scotland has a website which provides maps taken from the Ordnance Survey England & Wales One-Inch to the Mile series of 1892-1908 as well as equivalent maps for Scotland itself. The immediate presentation is a "help" screen and a place selection screen prompting the entry of a location down to town, village or parish level. These screens can be removed by a click of the "X". The map is very clear and shows parish and county boundaries and many large buildings and estates that existed at the turn of the 20th century. Magnification can be adjusted and an "overlay feature" allows inspection of the area today along with that of 1900. The specific map from the series can be viewed as a whole ("View this map") and this allows the inspection of the map legend (found in the left hand bottom corner. Becoming familiar with the various facilities of these maps is well worth the trouble.
  • Victoria County History chapter on Thames Ditton

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