Staines Genealogical Records

Staines Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

St Peter, Staines Baptism Records (1886-1906)

Name index linked to original images of the baptism registers of St Peter, Staines. Records document parent's names and date of baptism and/or birth.

St Mary, Staines Baptism Records (1813-1906)

Baptism registers record the baptism of those born in and around St Mary, Staines and were subsequently baptised in an Anglican place of worship. They are the primary source of birth details before 1837, though are useful to the present. Records can include name of child, parent's names, residence, occupations and more.

Ashford St Matthew, Staines Baptism Records (1813-1905)

Baptism records from people born in and around Staines between 1813 and 1905. Lists the name of people's parent's and other details.

Laleham, Staines Baptism Records (1813-1906)

Baptism registers document the baptism and sometimes birth of people in and around Laleham, Staines. They list parent's names - their occupations, residence and sometimes other details.

Staines Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2005)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

St Peter, Staines Marriage Records (1894-1921)

Details on those who married at St Peter, Staines between 1894 and 1921. Information given usually includes abode and marital status. After April 1837 father's names and ages are recorded.

St Mary, Staines Marriage Records (1755-1921)

Marriage registers are the primary source for marital documentation before 1837, though are relevant to the present. They typically record marital status and residence. Details may also be given on a party's parents, age and parish of origin.

Laleham, Staines Marriage Records (1754-1921)

Marriage registers are the primary source for marital documentation before 1837, though are relevant to the present. They typically the record marital status and residence of the bride and groom.

Littleton, Staines Marriage Records (1754-1921)

Details on those who married at Littleton, Staines between 1754 and 1921. Information given may include parent's names, ages, marital status, abode and more.

Staines Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Laleham, Staines Burial Records (1813-1963)

Burial records for people buried at Laleham, Staines between 1813 and 1963. Lists the deceased's name, residence and age.

Littleton, Staines Burial Records (1813-1964)

Burial registers record burials that occurred at Littleton, Staines. They are the primary source documenting deaths before 1837, though are useful to the present.

St Mary, Staines Burial Records (1812-1948)

Burial records for people buried at St Mary, Staines between 1812 and 1948. Lists the deceased's name, residence and age.

St Mary, Staines Burial Records (1538-1813)

Burial records for people buried at St Mary, Staines between 1538 and 1813. Lists the deceased's name, residence and age.

Staines Church Records

Staines Parish Registers (1538-1813)

The parish registers of Staines provide details of births, marriages and deaths from 1538 to 1813. Parish registers can assist tracing a family as far back as 1538.

London Consistory Court Depositions (1586-1611)

An index to over 1,800 cases brought before the court. For witnesses, age and residence is usually given. The cases cover such matters as defamation, marriage and tithes.

The London Diocese Book (1890)

A calendar for the Diocese and a list of over 6,000 of its clergy.

Middlesex Parish Register Index with Images (1538-1812)

An index connected to original images of most early Middlesex & London parish registers. Also includes over 100 registers from Surrey, Essex and Kent.

Middlesex Parish Registers (1538-1965)

The parish registers of Middlesex are a collection of books documenting baptisms, marriages and burials from 1538 to 1965.

Staines Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

London Electoral Registers (1832-1965)

Lists of those registered to vote in London, including their residence and sometimes other supplementary details. Useful for tracing families in between censuses and can be used as a post-1911 census substitute, as listings are ordered by residence. A name index connected to original images.

London & Middlesex Electors (1863-1894)

Records compiled by parish overseers, recording those who claimed eligibility to vote. The record name, address and the nature of their connection with that property.

London & Middlesex Heath Tax (1666)

Records listing those who were assessed for taxation based on the number of hearths they possessed.

Four Shillings In The Pound Aid (1693-1694)

Assessments for a tax to pay for warfare in Europe. It covers London and parts of Middlesex.

Staines Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Archdeaconry Court of Middlesex Wills & Probate (1608-1810)

A searchable index connected to images surviving wills and probate documents for the Archdeaconry Court of Middlesex. These records can help trace families back to the late 16th century.

Archdeaconry Court of Middlesex Probate Index (1750-1858)

An index to probates granted by the Archdeaconry Court of Middlesex. The index contains name of the deceased, type and date of grant and residence.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1649-1660)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1581-1595)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Newspapers Covering Staines

South London Press (1867)

A local paper including news from the London area, legal & governmental proceedings, family announcements, business notices, advertisements and more.

Windsor and Eton Express (1839)

Local news; notices of births, marriages and deaths; business notices; details on the proceedings of public institutions; adverts and a rich tapestry of other local information from the New Windsor district. Every line of text from the newspaper can be searched and images of the original pages viewed.

London Standard (1827-1900)

Original images of a local newspaper, searchable via a full text index. Includes news from the London area, business notices, obituaries, family announcements and more.

West London Observer (1953-1957)

A weekly, liberal newspaper published in London. It contains family notices.

Middlesex Chronicle (1860-1897)

A conservative newspaper published in Hounslow. It contains local news, notices of births, marriages and death etc.

Staines Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Staines Cemeteries

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

Maritime Memorials (1588-1950)

Several thousand transcribe memorials of those connected with the nautical occupations.

Rail & Canal Photographs Catalog (1880-1970)

A searchable database of photographs relating to railways and canals in Britain.

Rail & Canal Monuments (1800-1950)

Details of monuments and plaques related to canals and railways. Contains some photographs.

Staines Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Middlesex (1937)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Middlesex (1933)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Middlesex (1926)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Middlesex (1914)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key historical and contemporary facts. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions. Also contains a list of residents and businesses for each place.

Kelly's Directory of Middlesex (1899)

A directory of residents and businesses; with a description of each settlement, containing details on its history, public institutions, churches, postal services, governance and more.

London Consistory Court Depositions (1586-1611)

An index to over 1,800 cases brought before the court. For witnesses, age and residence is usually given. The cases cover such matters as defamation, marriage and tithes.

Kentish Prison Hulk Registers (1818-1831)

Registers recording details of 17,644 prisoners held in ships stationed in Kent. Records describe a convict's name, age, place of birth, physical description, offence, conviction, sentence, discharge and conduct report.

Kentish Prison Hulk Registers (1818-1843)

Registers recording details of around 9,000 prisoners held in ships stationed in Kent. Records describe a convict's name, age, place of birth, physical description, offence, conviction, sentence, discharge and conduct report.

London Poor Law & Board of Guardian Records (1430-1930)

Original images of a vast array of documents detailing the administration of the dependant poor in London. Including: school registers, rate books, removals, settlements, apprenticeships, criminal records, legal records and more.

London & Middlesex Feet of Fines (1189-1569)

Abstracts of records that detail land conveyances.

Staines Taxation Records

London & Middlesex Land Tax (1692-1932)

Digital images of records that detail land – its owners and tenants. Very useful for tracing the succession of freehold and tenancies, and thus genealogies. Records can be searched by a name index.

London & Middlesex Heath Tax (1666)

Records listing those who were assessed for taxation based on the number of hearths they possessed.

Four Shillings In The Pound Aid (1693-1694)

Assessments for a tax to pay for warfare in Europe. It covers London and parts of Middlesex.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures (1710-1811)

An index linked to original images of registers recording apprenticeship indentures. Details are given on the trade and nature of apprenticeship. Many records list the parents of the apprentice.

Staines Land & Property Records

London & Middlesex Land Tax (1692-1932)

Digital images of records that detail land – its owners and tenants. Very useful for tracing the succession of freehold and tenancies, and thus genealogies. Records can be searched by a name index.

London & Middlesex Feet of Fines (1189-1569)

Abstracts of records that detail land conveyances.

London & Middlesex Electors (1863-1894)

Records compiled by parish overseers, recording those who claimed eligibility to vote. The record name, address and the nature of their connection with that property.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

UK Poll Books and Electoral Rolls (1538-1893)

Poll books record the names of voters and the direction of their vote. Until 1872 only landholders could vote, so not everyone will be listed. Useful for discerning an ancestor's political leanings and landholdings. The collection is supplemented with other records relating to the vote.

Staines Occupation & Business Records

Royal Household Staff (1526-1924)

A name index connected to original images of over 75,000 records recording the lives of those employed by the royal family.

London Medical Directory (1846)

Biographical details for medical professionals, institutions and businesses in the London area.

Middlesex Pub Histories (1820-Present)

Histories of Middlesex pubs, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

Lost Pubs of Middlesex (1750-Present)

Short histories of former public houses, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

London Apothecaries History (1180-1922)

A short history of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London, a livery company for dispensers of medicinal products.

Staines School & Education Records

London School Admissions & Discharges Registers (1840-1911)

Records or admission and discharge for over 1 million pupils attending over 800 state schools in London. Records are indexed by name linked to original images of the registers; and may contain details on the pupil's parents, date of birth, residence, parent's occupations and scholastic history.

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Staines

Boyd's Inhabitants of London and Boyd's Family Units (1200-1946)

An essential work for those researching in and around London. This publication gives genealogical and brief biographical information on several hundred thousands inhabitants of London and the surrounding area.

Victoria County History: Middlesex (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Staines Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Royal Household Staff (1526-1924)

A name index connected to original images of over 75,000 records recording the lives of those employed by the royal family.

Victoria County History: Middlesex (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Staines Military Records

London Volunteers Records (1859-1955)

Service records for various voluntary corps and regiments from London and Middlesex at large.

Historical Records of the Middlesex Yeomanry (1797-1927)

A general history of the yeomanry, focusing on the involvement of its men in WWI.

Middlesex WWI Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War One monuments in Middlesex, with some service details.

Middlesex WWII Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War Two monuments in Middlesex, with some service details.

Prisoners of War of British Army (1939-1945)

A searchable list of over 100,000 British Army POWs. Records contains details on the captured, their military career and where they were held prisoner.

Staines Immigration & Travel Records

Middlesex Convict Transportation Contracts (1682-1787)

Orders to remove convicts from Middlesex and deport them to penal colonies.

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

17th Century British Emigrants to the U.S. (1600-1700)

Details on thousands of 17th century British immigrants to the U.S., detailing their origins and nature of their immigration.

Staines Histories & Books

ThamesPilot (0-2000)

A number of historical articles detailing life on the River Thames through the ages. Also includes 1,000s of original documents.

Victoria County History: Middlesex (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

London and Middlesex Chantry Certificate (1548)

A list of charities maintained in the county of Middlesex.

London Windmills (1998-Present)

An index of windmills in the county, with brief notes and some photographs.

British Church Albums (1990-Present)

Photographs of churches of all denominations throughout England and part of Wales.

Biographical Directories Covering Staines

London Medical Directory (1846)

Biographical details for medical professionals, institutions and businesses in the London area.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Crockford's Clerical Directories (1868-1914)

Brief biographies of Anglican clergy in the UK.

The Concise Dictionary of National Biography (1654-1930)

A directory containing lengthy biographies of noted British figures. The work took over two decades to compile. Biographies can be searched by name and are linked to images of the original publication.

Staines Maps

Maps of Middlesex (1610-1892)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

Maps showing settlements, features and some buildings in mainland Britain.

A Vision of Britain (1190-Present)

A sprawling website setting out and describing the historical divisions of Britain. Also contains countless maps of various sorts. Covers the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man & has fleeting details of other localities.

Speed's Maps of Britain (1612)

County and national maps covering the British Isles, extracted from John Speed's landmark work, Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain.

Maps of England (1360-1922)

Digital images of maps covering the country.

Staines Reference Works

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

British Family Mottoes (1189-Present)

A dictionary of around 9,000 mottoes for British families who had right to bear arms.

Staines Information

Ecclesiastical Juristiction:

  • Canterbury province
    • London diocese
      • Middlesex archdeaconry

    Historical Description

    Stains is about 17 miles distant from London and six miles from Windsor. The church has a tower, which is said to have been designed by Inigo Jones, who resided some time in this town.

    Here is an elegant stone-bridge consisting of three elliptic arches; that in the centre 60 feet wide, the others 52 feet each. The expence of it, according to contract, was 8, 400l.

    At some distance above the bridge, at Colne Ditch, stands what is called London Mark-stone, which is the ancient boundary to the jurisdiction of the city of London on the Thames. On a moulding round the upper part, is inscribed "God preserve the city of London. A. D. 1280."

    "An Pontes of the Itinerary has been placed at Stanes by Stukely, but by Horsley at Old Windsor. The Thames running in more streams than one near that place would require several bridges.

    Dr, Stukely says Stanes was ditched round, and traces a Roman road pointing to Stanes bridge, and from it to Turmham Green, at which last place was found, 1731, an urn full of Roman coins. It crosses a little brook, called from it Stanford Bridge, comes into the Acton road at a common, so along Hyde Park wall, and crosses Watling Street about Tybourn. Unlaf came A. D. 999, with 93 ships to this place, and after laying waste the country about it proceeded to Sandwich and Ipswich. A. D. 1009 an army of Danes, after burning Oxford, returned along the Thames, and hearing that an army was coming against them, passed the river at this town, and, after ravaging the country all the winter, went into Kent about Lent, to repair their ships."—Gough’s Addition to Camden.

    The weekly market is on Friday. The two fairs on the days mentioned in our list.

    Staines is a lordship of the crown, and governed by two constables, with four head-boroughs appointed by the king’s stewards.

    The town has been much improved, and the market-house, which stood in the middle of the high road, removed to one side. The Thames is here about 180 feet broad.

    Topography of Great Britain, written: 1802-29 by George Alexander Cooke

    STAINES is a union town and parish, on the east bank of the river Thames, where the Colne falls into it, and on the Great Western road, with a station on the Windsor branch of the London and South Western railway: the Great Western railway have also a branch from West Drayton, with a terminal station here, opened in Sept. 1885; it is 6 miles south-east from Windsor, 9 south from Uxbridge and 19 from London by rail, 16 ½ by road, in the Uxbridge division of the county, Spelthorne hundred and petty sessional division, Chertsey county court district, rural deanery of Hampton, archdeaconry of Middlesex and diocese of London. The distance from Staines Bridge to London Bridge by land is 20 miles, and owing to the circuitous course of the Thames 34 by water. A handsome stone bridge of three arches, erected in 1832, at a cost of about £70,000, and opened by William IV. and Queen Adelaide, connects Staines with Egham. Staines being a lordship of the Crown is not incorporated; it was formerly governed by a Local Board, formed in 1872, but under the provisions of the “Local Government Act, 1894” (56 and 57 Vict. c. 73), is now controlled by an Urban District Council; it is within the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan police. The town and neighbourhood is supplied with water, derived from the chalk, by the South-West Suburban Water Company, formed in the year 1883, the works being at Egham, and is lighted with gas by a company formed in 1871. Staines is said to derive its name from the boundary stone, dated 1285, standing in a meadow above the bridge, and marking the ancient jurisdiction of the city of London over the western portion of the river Thames. This memorial was repaired in 1781, during the mayoralty of Sir Watkin Lewis kt. and placed on a pedestal raised on three steps: the pedestal bears the names of various Lord Mayors who have visited the spot. The chinch of St. Mary the Virgin, which occupies the site of the ancient church, built in 675, was erected (with the exception of the tower) in 1631, and is an edifice of brick with York stone dressings, in a debased Gothic style, consisting of apsidal chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower of brick, with crocketed pinnacles, containing a clock and 8 bells; the tower was built by Inigo Jones in 1631 and enlarged and repaired in 1828: in the churchyard is buried Letitia, wife of Sir John Lade kt. once coachman to the Prince Regent: the interior was restored in 1885, the chancel extended, and its roof raised: in the chancel are three stained windows, one of which was presented by the late Emperor Frederick III. of Germany and the Empress Frederick, in memory of Miss Byng: there are 720 sittings. The register dates from the year 1692. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £443, with glebe (£61) and residence, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor, and held since 1873 by the Rev. John Hopkins Armstrong M.A. of Trinity College, Dublin. The parish church of St. Peter, Laleham road, erected at a cost of £10,000, entirely contributed by Sir Edward Clarke Q.C., M.P. and consecrated by the Bishop of Marlborough, August 30, 1894, is an edifice of red brick and stone in the Perpendicular style, from designs by Mr. G. H. Fellows Prynne, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles, north and south porches and a western tower, and will seat 600 persons: the choir stalls were presented by Sir E. Clarke, the altar and altar hangings by Lady Clarke, and the window in the south aisle by W. B. Puckle esq. The register dates from the year 1880. The living is a vicarage, yearly value £175, in the gift of Sir Edward Clarke Q.C., M.P. and held since 1889 by the Rev. George Villiers Briscoe, of the University of London. The Catholic chapel is in Gresham road; there is also a Congregational chapel, seating 350 persons, Baptist chapel, built in 1837, and a Wesleyan chapel, in the Kingston road, with a tower and spire, erected in 1889—90, at a cost of £4,000, and affording 532 sittings. The meeting house of the Society of Friends, in the High street, built about 1842, will seat 200. The Salvation Army barracks are in Kingston road. The cemetery, comprising 1a. 2r. and 27p. was consecrated July, 1880, and adjoins the churchyard: it is under the control of the Urban District Council of 12 members. The Town Hall, in the Market square, erected in 1880—1, is a structure of white brick with Beer stone dressings, surmounted on the north front by a turret containing a chiming clock with three illuminated dials: the large hall is 72 feet long, 45 feet wide and 32 feet high: it has a raised stage and gallery, and will hold 499 persons: the building also contains the Urban District Council and surveyor's offices, and over these a Council room; the rest of the building comprises dressing, retiring and waiting rooms, with lavatories and caretaker’s apartments. There are two banks, viz. that of Messrs Thomas Ashby and Co. and a branch of the London and Provincial Bank Limited. The brewery of Messrs, Charles Ashby and Company Limited, the brewery of Thomas Fladgate Harris, the Linoleum Manufacturing Co. and the mustard mills of Messrs. Finch, Rickman and Co. afford employment for many persons. Two pleasure fairs are held, one on the 11th of May, and the other on the 19th of September. Two newspapers are published here, the Middlesex and Surrey Express, weekly, and the West Middlesex Times, bi-weekly. The E Company of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion Duke of Cambridge’s Own Middlesex Regiment has its head quarters in the town. There are several charities and gifts in connection with this parish, distributed in money, bread, meat and coals, varying in amounts. Staines was identical with the Roman station “Ad Pontes,” and various remains of the Roman period have been met with in the vicinity, as well as axe-heads and other relics of an earlier date. The new rifle range for the Metropolitan Volunteers and others, situated in this parish, was formed by the Metropolitan Rifle Range Co. Lim, and opened in 1892. The property acquired for the purpose is two and a half miles in length, and from one mile to half a mile in width; there are 70 targets with ranges from 100 to 1,200 yards, a camping ground, canteen, pavilion &c.; a station called “Runnymede Range,” has been erected by the Great Western Co. within 3 minutes’ walk of this range, on their branch from West Drayton. In the immediate neighbourhood, but in the parish of Egham, Surrey, is Runnymede, the place where the barons assembled to force from King John the great charter, known as “Magna Charta,” sealed 12th June, 1215, as some say, on a small island, now called “Magna Charta Island,” opposite Ankerwyke. Duncroft House stands near the church on the site of an ancient building, in which King John is said to have slept the night after he signed “Magna Charta”; it is a picturesque mansion in the Elizabethan or Early Jacobean style, with some fine oak chimney-pieces, once belonging to Lord Cranstoun, and is now occupied by John Mitchel Chapman esq. J.P. Thorncote is the charming river side residence of Sir Edward Clarke Q.C., M.P. Capt. Sir Charles Gibbons bart. R.N., D.L., J.P. who is lord of the manor, Harmer Honner esq. Messrs. Reffell and John Ashby esq. J.P. are the principal landowners. The “Pack Horse” hotel, pleasantly seated on the river bank, and the “Swan,” on the opposite bank, and close to the bridge, are both much patronised by boating parties and anglers. The Staines and Egham Hythe Constitutional Club of 300 members is in Market square. The commons in Staines, covering 350 acres, are now subject to the Metropolitan Commons Act, 1866 and 1869, and a scheme has been sanctioned for their management, under the control of the Urban District Council. The soil is alluvial; subsoil, gravel. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats, turnips and beans. The area is 1,834 acres of land and 74 water; rateable value, £37,411; the population in 1871 was 3,659, in 1881 4,638, and in 1891 5,060, now (1898) about 6,000.

    Runnymede, already alluded to, and one of the most important and interesting of our historic sites, is a meadow of about 160 acres, lying north of Egham, and between it and the river: the name has been derived from the Maeso-Gothic “runa,” a council, and hence “the council meadow”; another suggested derivation is from the Latin “runcare,” to clear a field of brambles, by the Gauls called “ronces.” Various conferences were held by the barons at different places with reference to the Great Charter, and on 6 Jan. 1215, they presented their demands to the King at London: some delay then occurred, but eventually the Charter was ratified and formally sealed at Runnimede on the 12 June following. The local tradition that this took place on a small island, some distance higher up the river, can hardly be sustained in the face of the subscription at the end of the Charter, which runs thus:-“Data per manum nostram in prato quod vocatur Runimede inter Windleshoram et Stanes”; this fable probably took its rise in 1834, when G. S. Harcourt esq. then lord of the manor, constructed a bridge from the mainland to the island, and erecting on the latter a sort of castellated cottage, placed in it a framed octagonal stone tablet, bearing an inscription to the effect that the Charter was signed on this island.

    Hammonds farm, 1 mile north, in Stanwell parish, Duncroft, Shortwood Common, half a mile east, and Withygate Field, 2 miles south-east on the road to Sunbury, are other places.

    Staines Union

    Board day, alternate Tuesdays, at the workhouse at Stanwell, 11 o’clock.

    The union comprises Staines & 12 other parishes, viz.:-Ashford, Bedfont, Cranford, Feltham, Hanworth, Harlington, Harmondsworth, Laleham, Littleton, Shepperton, Stanwell & Sunbury. The population of the union in 1891 was 26,885; area, 24,331 acres; rateable value in 1898, £180,069.

    Workhouse.-Stanwell, a structure of brick to hold 350 inmates, Rev. N. G. Pilkington, chaplain.

    Places of Worship, with times of services

    St. Mary the Virgin Church, Rev. John Hopkins Armstrong M.A. vicar; Rev. Alfred John Judson M.A. curate; 8 & 11 a.m. & 3 & 6.30 p.m.; Mon. Tues. Thur. & Sat. 8 a.m.; Wed. & Fri. 11 a.m.

    St. Peter’s Church, Rev. Geo. Villiers Briscoe, ineumbent; 8 & 11 a.m. & 3 & 6.30 p.m.; Tues. & Fri. 5 p.m.

    Society of Friends’ Meeting House, High st.; 10.30 a.m.

    Baptist, Bridge street, various; 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.

    Congregational, Thames street, Rev. H. De Vere Gookey; 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; Thur. 7.30 p.m.

    Wesleyan Methodist; 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; Tues. 7 p.m.

    Old School Mission Room (Unsectarian), Hale street; 10.30 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; Wed. 7.30 p.m.

    Catholic (Our Lady of the Rosary), Gresham road, Rev. David E. Dewar; 9.30 & 10.45 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; holidays, 8 & 10 a.m. & 7.30 p.m.

    Schools

    A School Board of 5 members was formed 21 January, 1885. Meets at the Town hall, on the 4th Tuesday in every month at 5.30 p.m.

    All the schools have been taken over by the School Board.

    Board, London road, erected in 1863, for 250 children; average attendance, 175; (girls), Bridge street, erected in 1850, for 128 children; average attendance, 120.

    Board (infants), erected in 1850, for 108 children; average attendance, 108.

    Board (boys), Thames street, erected in 1874, for 150 children; average attendance, 136.

    Board (girls), Thames street, erected in 1874, for 197 children; average attendance, 158; (infants) Wyatt road, erected in 1896, for 310 children; average attendance, 180.

    Catholic (mixed), Gresham road, on the roll 30 children; average attendance, 26.

    Kelly's Directory of Middlesex

    Surnames Found in Staines

    RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
    1Smith1181.57
    2Green600.80
    3Pearce530.70
    4n500.66
    5Jones480.64
    6White480.64
    7Harris470.62
    8Clark430.57
    9Cooper430.57
    10Williams420.56
    11Brown400.53
    12Ashby400.53
    13Howard370.49
    14Wicks340.45
    15Taylor310.41
    16Earles310.41
    17Webb290.38
    18Powell290.38
    19Johnson280.37
    20Chapman280.37
    21Wooden280.37
    22Butler270.36
    23Hall260.35
    24Ward260.35
    25Clarke260.35
    26Phillips260.35
    27Reed260.35
    28Andrews250.33
    29Saunders250.33
    30Bates250.33
    31Nicholls250.33
    32Baker240.32
    33West240.32
    34Arnold240.32
    35Dyos240.32
    36King230.31
    37Nash230.31
    38Walker220.29
    39Hughes220.29
    40Mott220.29
    41Roberts210.28
    42Scott210.28
    43Cox210.28
    44Hunt210.28
    45Bolton210.28
    46Wilson200.27
    47Collins200.27
    48Day200.27
    49Silvester200.27
    50Dexter200.27
    51Davis190.25
    52Carter190.25
    53Freeman190.25
    54Lock190.25
    55Robinson180.24
    56Martin180.24
    57Holland180.24
    58Rowe180.24
    59Ryan180.24
    60Mansell180.24
    61Beach180.24
    62Henwood180.24
    63Spittle180.24
    64Edwards170.23
    65Adams170.23
    66Stevens170.23
    67Watts170.23
    68Alexander170.23
    69Gibbs170.23
    70Blake170.23
    71Gosling170.23
    72Young160.21
    73Barnes160.21
    74Porter160.21
    75Perry160.21
    76Higgs160.21
    77Budd160.21
    78Strange160.21
    79Berryman160.21
    80Spires160.21
    81Price150.20
    82Newman150.20
    83Read150.20
    84May150.20
    85Lambert150.20
    86Lake150.20
    87Bone150.20
    88Cullen150.20
    89Lines150.20
    90Jackson140.19
    91Turner140.19
    92Watson140.19
    93Cook140.19
    94Allen140.19
    95Rogers140.19
    96Dixon140.19
    97Brooks140.19
    98Hawkins140.19
    99Stevenson140.19
    100Barrett140.19

    * Statistics based on the 1881 census