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Ham, Surrey

Historical Description

Ham, a parish in Surrey, on the Thames, near Richmond Park, about 2 miles from Richmond station on the L. & S.W.R., 2 N of Kingston-on-Thames, and 12 from London, and has a post and money order office, of the name of Ham, under Richmond; telegraph office, Petersham. Acreage, 1913; population of the civil parish, 1933; of the ecclesiastical, 1479. Ham House stands on low ground, close to the river; was built in 1610 by Sir Thomas Vavason; has over the principal entrance the words (t Vivat Rex," was bought 15 years after its erection by the first Earl of Dysart, was the retreat of James II. before he escaped to France, continues to be little or none altered from its original condition, contains much antique furniture, a richly-carved oak staircase, many interesting portraits and valuable pictures; includes the famous Duchess of Lauderdale's apartments nearly as when she occupied them, and stands amid grounds with many fine old trees, and with a colossal statue representing the Thames. The National Orphan Home was established on Ham Common in 1849; was rebuilt on a new site there in 1862; is a brick structure with stone dressings and with a portico, and contains accommodation for 200 orphan girls. There are a brewery and market gardens. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester; gross value, £250. Patron, King's College, Cambridge. The church stands on the common; was built in 1832 and enlarged in 1859, and consists of nave, aisle, and chancel. There are some alms-houses for fourteen aged persons.

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 CountySurrey 
Civil parishPetersham 
Poor Law unionKingston 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Visitations Heraldic

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DistrictRichmond upon Thames
CountyGreater London
Postal districtTW10
Post TownRichmond