History & Interesting Facts
Laleham is a
village in the borough of Spelthorne, in the county of Surrey in
South East England and is close to Staines. It has a wildlife park
called Laleham Park by the River Thames. Penton Hook Lock is nearby
and the historic town of Chertsey is across the river on the other
side of Chertsey Bridge.
The word Laleham
probably comes from 'lael' meaning twig and 'ham' meaning water
meadow or village. Concentric earth work enclosures, believed to be of
medieval origin, have been excavated beneath the playing fields of
Matthew Arnold School (the site is now backfilled). Although 18th century speculation
that they were of Roman origin has been disproved, the site is still known locally as "Caesar's Camp".
Iron Age spearheads
from the 5th century have been found in the River Thames at Laleham
Ferry. 10th Century charts record the village of Laelham.
on the Middlesex Domesday Map within the Domesday Book of 1086 as
Leleham. It was held partly by Fécamp Abbey from Robert of
Mortain and partly by Estrild, the nun. Its domesday assets were:
10 hides. It had 6½ ploughs, meadow for 5 ploughs, cattle pasture.
It rendered £5. The foundations of the parish church of All
Saints date back to the 12th century.Records show that in the 13th
century the monks of Westminster Abbey had their 'Grange' and watermill
on the banks of the Thames very close to the site of Laleham Abbey.
In 1970 Laleham village was designated a Conservation Area.
contains many fine and listed buildings notably Laleham Abbey. In
the past this was owned by one of the Earls of Lucan. The hatchment
in the north aisle of All Saints Church also belonged to the Lucan
family and in the eastern part of the cemetery is the grave of Field
Marshall Lord Lucan who gave the order for the Charge of the Light
Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava.
Notable poet Matthew Arnold was born in the town, and is buried in
All Saints' Churchyard.
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There is a
beautiful little pond on the Ashford Road opposite the Spanish restaurant.
It is not visible from the road and most of the year it is hidden
by high gates, however it is there, and the fact that it is there
at all is thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of the Spelthorne
Civic Pride volunteers who have worked tirelessly to recreate and
But what of its history? the