In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Walworth like this:
WALWORTH, a metropolitan suburb and three chapelries in Newington parish, Surrey. The suburb lies on the London, Chatham, and Dover railway, between Southwark and Camberwell, 2¼ miles S of St. Paul's; was once a hamlet, known at Domesday as Walerode; is now all compactly edificed; contains Surrey Zoological gardens, opened in 1832, and a Botanic garden; and has a post-office‡ under London S, a r. ...
station, a P.-police station, three churches, twelve or more dissenting chapels, a number of public schools, a female orphan home, and the Newington workhouse. Acres, 321. Pop. in 1851, 29,861; in 1861, 44,463. Houses, 6,975.-The chapelries are St. Peter, constituted in 1826; St. Paul, 1857; and S. John, 1860. The livings are p. curacies in the diocese of London. Value of St. Peter and St. Paul, each £300;* of St. John, £200. Patron of St. Peter, the Rector of Newington; of St. Pauland St. John, the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury. St Peter's church was built in 1825, at a cost of £19,127; and is in the Ionic style. A Baptist chapel was built in 1864, at a cost of £5,900; and has an octostyle Corinthian portico.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Walworth, in Southwark and Surrey | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th April 2017
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