The main home of the lords of the manor, the Earls of Lucan was built at the start of the 19th century, It was converted into an Abbey and now into apartments.
Some of Laleham's fertile pasture remains
Laleham shown within Surrey
|Area||5.33 km2 (2.06 sq mi)|
|Population||4,782 (2011 census) (area notionally includes Queen Mary Reservoir)|
|- Density||897 /km2 (2,320 /sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|- London||18.5 miles (29.8 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Laleham is a village in the Spelthorne borough of Surrey that adjoins Staines upon Thames, its post town. In its south is Laleham Park by the River Thames, across green belt farmland to its north and south east are Ashford and Shepperton, to its east are woods then the Queen Mary Reservoir. Penton Hook Lock is on the border with Staines and Laleham Burway is directly across the river. Centred a mile (1.6 km) south along the towpath or the humped river road is Chertsey Bridge, just within the boundaries of Shepperton, marking the easternmost point of the town of Chertsey. The north of the area has a number of sports fields, including the Staines and Laleham Sports Ground, and two family pubs, on the Laleham and Ashford Roads respectively.
The village was once farmed for Westminster Abbey and was the home of the poet Matthew Arnold, who divided his time between here and Rugby School. It is just over 3 miles (4.8 km) from three motorway junctions. The nearest railway station is centred 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north, on the Waterloo to Reading Line which has branch lines, to Windsor and Weybridge. Two non-TfL bus routes serve the village. In one village sign and residents' association the village is known as Laleham on Thames.
Iron Age spearheads from the 5th century have been uncovered in the River Thames at Laleham Ferry. 10th century charts record the village of Laelham.
Laleham appears in the Middlesex section of 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, 5 ploughlands meadow, cattle pasture. Its villagers and chief tenants rendered £5 per year to its feudal system overlords.
The foundations of the parish church of All Saints were built in the 12th century. The church has a superb stained glass window by Wilhelmina Geddes. 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. It was in 1970 the nucleated village centre of Laleham was designated a conservation area. However the shape of Laleham resembles greatly Staines in being a long tranch of land, barely more than 1 mile (1.6 km) east to west, along the banks of one river, rather than two.
Laleham contains many fine and listed buildings including Laleham Abbey, called "Laleham House" until 1928. It was built as the country seat of Richard Bingham, 2nd Earl of Lucan in 1803 to the designs of John Buonarotti Papworth and its parkland stretched for 83 acres some of which is the present Laleham Park. Divided into flats in 1981 the house is in the neo-classical style with a Greek Doric porch. The interior has marble floors and pillars, a semi-circular staircase and a cupola.
There is an early 17th-century brick farmhouse with Georgian alterations, Church Farmhouse, adjacent to the church. It is an excellent example of a central chimney house with a standard layout for such a house. On either side of the central chimney is a living room and the entrance is through a tiled two-storey porch, the stairs filling the space on the opposite side of the chimney. It once housed the Lucan's bailiff and was sold by in 1966 by the 7th Earl who was suspected of a murder and disappeared in the early hours of 8 November 1974.
The hatchment in the north aisle of All Saints Church belonged to them. In the eastern part of the cemetery is the 1888 grave of Field Marshal (and third Earl) Lord Lucan who gave the order for the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava.
Laleham has an active parish church in the Church of England, which co-ordinates community help and services with the multi-church parish of Staines. The Kingdom Living Church also provides a Christian place of worship.
Both Arnold and Lucan family names can be seen prominently within All Saints Church, with various memorials to generations of those families. Other notable family names are Buckland and Honor and the four houses at Laleham school are Buckland (Red), Arnold (Blue), Honnor (Yellow) and Lucan (Green). The Reverend John Buckland was Matthew Arnold's uncle; Buckland School in Laleham was named after him.
Coal energy and mining administrator, Alfred Robens, Baron Robens of Woldingham lived at with his wife at Laleham Abbey after his retirement in 1982.
Gabrielle Anwar, actress and star of the American TV series Burn Notice was born in Laleham and attended Laleham C. of E. Primary and Middle School from 1975 to 1982; an end-of-term St. Trinian's sketch in the school concert of 1982 gave an early indication of her theatrical leanings.
Demography and housing
|Output area||Detached||Semi-detached||Terraced||Flats and apartments||Caravans/temporary/mobile homes||shared between households|
|Spelthorne 007A (north)||86||234||220||83||0||0|
|Spelthorne 009A (north-west)||163||436||23||16||0||9|
|Spelthorne 012A (south and
Littleton west and north)
The average level of accommodation in the region composed of detached houses was 28%, the average that was apartments was 22.6%.
|Output area||Population||Households||% Owned outright||% Owned with a loan||hectares|
|Spelthorne 007A (north)||1,537||623||34.5||38.8||71|
|Spelthorne 009A (north-west)||1,701||638||48.7||45.3||41|
|Spelthorne 012A (south and
Littleton west and north)
The proportion of households in the town who owned their home outright compares to the regional average of 35.1%. The proportion who owned their home with a loan compares to the regional average of 32.5%. The remaining % is made up of rented dwellings (plus a negligible % of households living rent-free).
|Staines upon Thames
- Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics Ashford makes up 2011 lower output areas Spelthorne 003, 005 and 006. Note: the towns and villages in Spelthorne have one ward each which covers part of a neighbouring town or village. Laleham is the exception which covers less than two wards but gives its name to half of both. Retrieved 21 November 2013
- Spelthorne Borough Council Laleham Village - Around and About
- Surrey Domesday Book
- All Saints Church history
- English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1298923)". National Heritage List for England. All Saints Church
- Nicola Gordon Bowe, “A window with a punch”
- English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1187019)". National Heritage List for England.Church farmhouse
- Lord Lucan 'officially dead' BBC, 1999-10-27
- Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, The Life and Correspondence of Thomas Arnold, London: Fellowes, 1845 (original 1844), Chapter 2 'Life in Laleham' pp 25-82 available online at http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=sOcDAAAAQAAJ
- Kingdom Living Church, Laleham
- Laleham-on-Thames Residents' Association
- All Saints' Parish Church Laleham