Surrey Churches Index

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Wandsworth, St. Thomas of Canterbury

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The church of St Thomas of Canterbury is a Roman Catholic church in the Archdiocese of Southwark. There is no graveyard. The original mission chapel was established c. 1841 in West Hill; a new church was built ca 1848 in "The Plain" near the Wandle. The current church was built ca. 1893

Historical notes on English Catholic missions, Kelly, Bernard W. (Rev), 1907:
The mission was started in 1841. The district was then a rural suburb, the number of Catholics amounting to seventy. The [mission] chapel was a small room, 20 ft. by 14 ft. [The new] chapel, a new and elegant structure in the Perpendicular style, was opened on the feast of St. Winefride, 1847. The site of the building had been occupied by a convent in pre-Reformation times. The present fine church of St. Thomas was commenced in September 1893, during the rectorate of Fr. E. Murnane, now of Bermondsey. The building is still unfinished, The style of the church, which is at the corner of the Richmond and Santos Roads, is Decorated Gothic. Mr. E Golclie, of Kensington, was the architect.
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. Many local cemeteries may have Roman Catholic sections see

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 Wandsworth All Saints.

The Surrey Monumental Inscriptions Index has just over 860 names for the Ancient Parishan Ancient Parish is a Church of England parish which, until the 19th century, had both ecclesiastical and civil functions of Wandsworth All Saints. There are also 1,340 names from the Mount Nod Cemetery in the MI Index. Although this was often described as the "Huguenot Cemetery" it actually belonged to All Saints parish.

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West Surrey Family History Society has transcribed a number of records for Wandsworth churches and chapels:

WSFHS CD15(Surrey Baptisms Not in the IGI) has christening records for:
WSFHS CD18(Metropolitan Surrey Burials Index) has burial records for:
  • Wandsworth All Saints registers from 1544 to 1555, from 1603 to 1687, 1727 and from 1823 to 1854;
        and the Bishop's Transcripts from 1678 to 1727
  • Wandsworth St. Anne from 1850 to 1863
  • Wandsworth Bridge Fields Baptist chapel from1825 to 1836
  • Wandsworth Independant Chapel from 1815 to 1837

WSFHS CD24(A 2nd Collection of Surrey Baptisms not in The IGI) has burial records for:
WSFHS CD29(A 2nd Collection of Metropolitan Surrey Burials) has burial records for Wandsworth All Saints from 1800-1822.

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Wandsworth is a district in the London Borough of Wandsworth

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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