St Peter's Church, beneath Richmond Hill in Petersham   pomphorhynchus

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Ham and Petersham – St Peter's Church

1114 - A 'chapelry' exists by now in Petersham, probably occupying the same site as a Saxon church mentioned in the Domesday Book.

1505 - St Peterís is rebuilt, retaining some Norman work in the chancel from the original Ďchapelryí.

1791 - After centuries as a chapel of Kingston, and 22 years in which it shared a parish with Kew, St Peterís is established as a parish in its own right. By now it has acquired 17th-century transepts and a tower.

1798 - Captain George Vancouver, who discovered Vancouver Island, Canada, and retired to live in Petersham, is buried in St Peterís.

1840 - St Peterís is almost doubled in size, with new galleries and a much enlarged south transept.

1881 - The future Earl of Strathmore marries Nina Cavendish-Bentinck of Forbes House, Petersham in St Peterís. Their youngest daughter will marry George, Duke of York and be known later in life as HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.


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