Battersea, Surrey Family History Guide

Battersea comprises of the following parishes:

  • Battersea St Mary, Surrey
  • Battersea St George, Surrey

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Plymouth Brethren, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BATTERSEA, a parish in the districts of Wandsworth and Croydon, Surrey. The main body of it, or Battersea-proper, is a subdistrict of Wandsworth, suburban to London, on the river Thames and on the West-End and Southwestern railway, opposite Chelsea; and the rest, consisting of Penge hamlet, lies in Croydon district, detached from the main body, 8 miles distant. Acres of the main body, 2,177 of land and 166 of water; of the entire parish, 3,183. Real property, £158,897. Pop. of the main body in 1841, 6,616; in 1861, 19,600. Houses, 3,125. Pop. of the entire parish in 1841, 6,887; in 1861, 24,615. Houses, 3,793. The manor was known to the Saxons as Petersey, signifying Peter's Island; belonged to the abbey of St. Peter at Westminster; was granted, in 1627, to the family of St. John; and passed, in 1763, to the Spencers. The old mansion on it was the residence of the famous Viscount Bolingbroke, and a haunt of the poet Pope; but has been entirely demolished; yet is commemorated in the neighbouring localities of Boling broke Terrace and Bolingbroke garden. Battersea Fields, within the manor, along the Thames, were long notable as a marshy tract, producing a great variety of indigenous plants; and were the scene, in 1829, of the duel between the Duke of Wellington and Lord Winchelsea; but are now partly disposed in a fine new public park, and partly covered with streets and buildings. The park comprises 185 acres; lies almost all below the level of high water; was purchased at a cost of £246,517, and laid out, in 1852-58, at a further cost of £66,373; and is disposed in walks, drives, ornamental plantations, and a fine sheet of water. A suspension bridge, across the Thames, at the upper end of the park, measures 347 feet between the towers and 705 between the abutments; is remarkably light and elegant; and was erected, in 1857, after designs by Mr. T. Page, at a cost of £85,319. The West End railway to Sydenham is carried across, in the vicinity, on a substantial, tasteful, segment-arched bridge, constructed by Mr. Fowler, and opened in 1860, to the Victoria station in Pimlico; goes ¾ of a mile south-south-eastward to Battersea station; then runs 2½ miles west south-westward, parallel to the Southwestern railway, and past Battersea-Rise, to New Wandsworth station. Battersea New Town adjoins the two railways where they mutually approach; Battersea Old Town stands on the Thames below the park; and Battersea-Rise is a hill covered with villas. Both Battersea and Battersea-Rise have post offices‡ under London S.W. The living of Battersea is a vicarage in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £982. Patron, Earl Spencer. The parish church is a commodious but inelegant structure, built in 1777. The vicarages of Christchurch, St. George, and St. John with-St. Paul, are separate benefices. Value of C., not reported; of St. G., £290; of St. J., £430. Patron of all, the Vicar of was built in 1849, at a cost of £5,556; and is in the decorated English style: St. G.'s church was built some years later; St. J.'s, in 1863; St. P. 's, in 1869. The vicarages of Penge and Upper Penge also are separate benefices. A handsome Independent chapel, in the Lombardic style, was built in 1867, at a cost of £4,488. There are several other dissenting chapels, the training national school, a free school with £160 a year, and charities £121. SeeLondon.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records


Online Records (Free)

England, Surrey Parish Registers, 1536-1992

Census returns for Battersea, 1841-1891

Parish registers for Battersea, 1559-1887

Parish registers for Battersea, 1891-1937

Parish chest records, 1560-1900

Church rate books, 1793-1878

Inscriptions on memorial tablets at St. John's College, Vicarage Road, Battersea, removed to St. Mark's College, Chelsea

Lambeth, Clapham, Battersea, St. Savior's Southwark, and London monumental inscriptions

Monumental inscriptions of Battersea parish church and churchyard

Monumental inscriptions of St. Mary's Church, Battersea (Surrey)

St. George's Churchyard, Battersea, memorial stones

St. Mary, Battersea, Surrey parish church monumental inscriptions

Superintendent's accounts of St. Mary's cemetery, 1869-1873

Apprenticeship records, ca. 1600-1903

Voting registers for the boroughs of Battersea & Clapham

Register of children in industrial school, Battersea, 1854-1869

Battersea register of deaths in the industrial schools, 1868-1890


Vision of Britain historical maps