Chessington, Surrey

Historical Description

Chessington, a parish in Surrey, 3 miles S of Surbiton station on the L. & S.W.R., and 3½ S of Kingston-on-Thames, which is the post town. Acreage (including Rushett), 1702; population, 432. Chessington Hall was the residence of Samuel Crisp, the author of the tragedy " Virginia," and was often visited by Dr Burney. An artificial mound, now covered with wood, bears the name of Castle Hill, and seems to have been the site of an ancient fortification. Roman coins have been found near it. The living is a chapelry, annexed to the vicarage of Maiden, in the diocese of Rochester. The church is Early English, was restored in 1854 and enlarged in 1870, and contains a monument of Samuel Crisp. In 1884 an outlying hamlet of Maiden parish was added to Chessington under the Divided Parishes Act.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


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Ancient County Surrey
Hundred Copthorne and Effingham
Poor Law union Epsom

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DistrictKingston upon Thames
CountyGreater London
Postal districtKT9
Post TownChessington