In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hersham like this:
HERSHAM, or HEVERSHAM, a village and a parochial chapelry in Walton-on-Thames district, Surrey. The village stands on the river Mole, 1 mile S of the Southwestern railway, and 5 SW by W of Kingston-on-Thames; and has a station on the railway, jointly with Walton, and a post office under Esher. ...
The chapelry was constituted in 1851. Rated property, £6, 000. Pop., 1, 766. Houses, 317. The chief landowners are F. T. Bircham, Esq., Sir Richard Frederick, Bart., Major Terry, and the Earl of Ellesmere. The metropolitan convalescent institution stands about 1 mile W of the village; was extended, by the addition of a new wing, in 1862; and contains accommodation for 230 patients. The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £100. Patron, the Vicar of Walton. The church was built in 1839; is in the Norman style; and has a gable turret. The new church of Oatlands, built in 1862, is near the convalescent asylum. There is an Independent chapel, a circular edifice, built in 1844. There are also national schools.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hersham, in Elmbridge and Surrey | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th March 2017
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