Now available on the Surrey History Centre website: indexes to the Chertsey Poor Law Union admission and discharge books (April 1894 to July 1932).

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ChertseyThe town owes its existence to the establishment in 666 of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter, commonly referred to as Chertsey Abbey. It was pillaged around 1010 but was rebuilt and became one of the most magnificent and richly endowed monasteries. At the Dissolution in 1537 many of the materials were taken to build the Royal Palace in Oatlands Park. Parts of Chertsey town centre are of outstanding interest.

Chertsey, bridge over river Thames with man fishing, 1909. Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 4361

Chertsey, bridge over river Thames with man fishing, 1909
Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey no. 4361

Chertsey Bridge, TQ054665, 2007. Photograph: Richard Purkiss

Chertsey Bridge, TQ054665, 2007
Photograph: Richard Purkiss

Did You Know?

Chertsey Bridge is a Scheduled Monument and mentioned in Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

A market town formed around the Abbey. There is a ‘T’ junction at the heart of the town and there are numerous listed buildings in the streets leading from it. Gentle curves in the street facades are important to the local character, which varies from the narrow Guildford Street to the broad sweeping Windsor Street and the quieter enclave of Abbey Green.

Click here to see the catalogue of the St Peter, Chertsey, Parish Records (1630-1920) held at the Surrey History Centre.

Click here to see the catalogue of the St Peter, Chertsey, Parish Records (1606-1902) held at the Surrey History Centre.

Click here to see the catalogue of the Holy Trinity, Botleys and Lyne, Chertsey, Parish Records (1849-1971) held at the Surrey History Centre.

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Click here to view a selection of images of Chertsey painted by John Hassell.

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