This Roman Catholic church was built ca. 1848 as a family chapel. It was opened to the public for worship ca. 1850. The chaplain served as "parish priest" for the surrounding area. After World War 2 the church was acquired by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Southwark.
Historical notes on English Catholic missions, Kelly, Bernard W. (Rev), 1907:
The church was erected by the late Mr. Alex. Raphael, sometime M.P. for St. Albans. This gentleman, who died November 17, 1850, aged seventy-five, was created shortly before his death a Knight of St. Sylvester by Pius IX. The church is in the 'Constantinian' style of architecture, from the design by Mr. Parker. It was opened in September 1850. The building, which was proprietary passed by descent to the Countess of Mexborough who, after a temporary disagreement with the Bishop of Southwark, during which time the church was closed, made final arrangements by which the church was again opened for services (1895)
The Roman Catholic ecclesiastical parishan ecclesiastical parish is an administrative area within the Church of England or Roman Catholic church. It is distinct from the civil parish, a local government unit in England of Tolworth Our Lady Immaculate was formed from the ecclesiastical parishan ecclesiastical parish is an administrative area within the Church of England or Roman Catholic church. It is distinct from the civil parish, a local government unit in England of Surbiton St. Raphael ca. 1933.
We know of only three Roman Catholic cemeteries in the London area, St. Mary's in Kensal Green, St. Patrick's in Leytonstone, and St. Mary Magdalene in Mortlake. Local cemeteries may have Roman Catholic sections see https://www.kingston.gov.uk/deaths-1
St.Raphael's church is located in the Ancient Parishan Ancient Parish is a Church of England parish which, until the 19th century, had both ecclesiastical and civil functions of Kingston All Saints.
Some very old burials may have taken place in the churchyard of the (Church of England) Ancient Parishan Ancient Parish is a Church of England parish which, until the 19th century, had both ecclesiastical and civil functions of All Saints
West Surrey Family History Society CD10 (The Surrey Burial Index) has burial records for Kingston on Thames All Saints from 1542 to 1840.
WSFHS CD15 (Surrey Baptisms Not in the IGI, 2009) has burial records for Kingston on Thames St. John the Evangelist from 1870 to 1875.
WSFHS CD 18 (Metropolitan Surrey Burials Index) has burial records for Kingston on Thames All Saints from 1841 to 1866
WSFHS CD 28 (Ancient Parishes in the Kingston District) has Baptismal records for Kingston on Thames All Saints from 1541 to 1840; Marriages from 1543 to 1837; and, Burials from 1542 to 1840.
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St. Raphael's church is in the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Unless otherwise stated the dates for the creation of parishes are taken from Youngs, Frederick. A., jr.. Guide to the Administrative Units of England; Royal Historical Society: London, 1979 volume 1 Southern England.
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