What to See in England
By Gordon Home
Public Domain Books
Ham House and Petersham
=How to get there.=–Train from Waterloo. L. and S.W. Railway. =Nearest Station.=–Richmond (1-1/4 miles from Petersham Church). =Distance from London.=–10 miles. =Average Time.=–1/2 hour.
1st 2nd 3rd =Fares.=–Single 1s. 3d. 1s. 0d. 0s. 9d. Return 2s. 0d. 1s. 6d. 1s. 3d.
=Accommodation Obtainable.=–"Castle Hotel,” “Roebuck Hotel," Richmond. “Dysart Arms” at Petersham.
The little church at Petersham is interesting on account of the memorial it contains to the memory of Vancouver, the discoverer, in 1792, of the island bearing his name, on the west coast of the North American continent. It is said that “the unceasing exertions which Vancouver himself made to complete the gigantic task of surveying 9000 miles of unknown and intricate coasts–a labour chiefly performed in open boats–made an inroad on his constitution from which he never recovered, and, declining gradually, he died in May 1798.” The church is also the burying-place of the Duchess of Lauderdale, whose residence was Ham House. This fine old Jacobean mansion stands at no great distance from Petersham Church. It was built as a residence for Prince Henry, the eldest son of James I., who, however, died early, the gossips of the time hinting at poison. The house is still said to be haunted by the spirit of the old Duchess of Lauderdale, who lived in the time of Charles II.