Ham  Surrey


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ham like this:

HAM, a hamlet and a chapelry in Kingston-on-Thames parish, Surrey. The hamlet is joined to Hatch, under the name of Ham-with-Hatch; lies on the Thames, near Richmond Park, nearly opposite Twickenham r. station, and 2 miles N of Kingston-on-Thames; and has a post office, of the name of Ham, under Petersham, London S. ...

W., and a fair on 2, 30, and 31 May. Real property, £, 993. Pop. in 185, , 324; in 186, 1, 420. Houses, 249. The property is not much divided. Ham House stands on low ground, close to the river; was built, in 1610, by Sir Thomas Vavasor; has, over the principal entrance, the words '' 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 chapelry is less extensive than the hamlet, and was constituted in 1834. Pop. in 186, , 265. Houses, 221. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £101. * Patron, the Vicar of Kingston. The church stands on the common; was built in 1832; and consists of nave, aisle, and chancel. The p. curacy of Robinhood Gate is a separate benefice. There is a national school.

Ham through time

Ham is now part of Richmond upon Thames district. Click here for graphs and data of how Richmond upon Thames has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Ham itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ham, in Richmond upon Thames and Surrey | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 18th May 2022

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