Petersham, Surrey

Historical Description

Petersham, a village and a parish in Surrey, now absorbed in the borough of Richmond. The village stands near the river Thames, under Richmond Hill, 1½ mile S of Richmond station on the L. & S.W.R. It 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, money order, and telegraph office under Richmond. Acreage of parish, 652; population, 629. Ham House is the seat of the Earl of Dysart Pembroke Lodge, in the park, is the seat of Countess Russell. Petersham House, Petersham Lodge, Sudbrook Park, Montrose House, Douglas House, Manor House, Gort House, and Reston Lodge are other residences. The Star and Garter, the famous Richmond hotel, is in this parish. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester, dependent on the pew rents, with a residence but no endowment. The church was built in 1605, and modernized in the Georgian period, but has not been restored. It contains the grave of the Duchess of Lauder-dale, some ancient monuments, and a tablet to the memory of the navigator Vancouver. There are some almshouses built in 1867, and also several charities, chiefly educational, into which an inquiry was held in 1893. The schools built and supported by the Russell family have been transferred by them to the British and Foreign School Society, and are situated in the park.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Surrey
Ecclesiastical parish Petersham St. Peter
Hundred Kingston
Poor Law union Richmond

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Land and Property

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DistrictRichmond upon Thames
CountyGreater London
Postal districtTW10
Post TownRichmond