In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Streatham like this:
STREATHAM, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Wandsworth district, Surrey. The village stands on the West-End and Croydon railway, 6½ miles SSW of St. Pauls, London; dates from ancient times; and has a post-office‡ under London S, a r. station with telegraph, a police station, and a much-frequented mineral spring.The parish contains also Upper Tooting, Selhurst, Thornton-Heath, Streatham-Common, and Balsam hamlets,- all of which, except the first, have r. stations; and it includes a detached tract, called Knights-Hill, between Lambeth and Camberwell. ...
Acres, 2,904. Real property, £35,887. Pop. in 1851, 6,901; in 1861, 8,027. Houses, 1,246. The property is much subdivided; and there are numerous good residences. S. Park was the seat of the Thralls, and long, in their time, the domicile of Dr. Johnson. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £1,200.* Patron, the Duke of Bedford. The church was rebuilt in 1830, and its spire in 1842. A chapel of ease, built in 1868, is under care of the rector; and five other churches, in Christchurch-Road, Grove-Road, Streatham-Common, Balham, and Upper Tooting, are separate charges. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Independents, fifteen national schools, an endowed school with £20 a year, St-Ann's Society schools, and charities £190.The sub-district includes Lower Tooting, and comprises 3,465 acres. Pop., 10,082. Houses, 1,613.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Streatham has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Lambeth. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Streatham and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Streatham, in Lambeth and Surrey | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th February 2017
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