North Sheen

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North Sheen
North Sheen is located in Greater London
North Sheen
North Sheen
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ195765
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTW9, TW10
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°28′29″N 0°16′42″W / 51.474778°N 0.278421°W / 51.474778; -0.278421Coordinates: 51°28′29″N 0°16′42″W / 51.474778°N 0.278421°W / 51.474778; -0.278421

North Sheen is an area of London, England in the former Municipal Borough of Richmond (Surrey).[1][nb 1] It was incorporated into Kew in 1965 when the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames was created.[2]

Although North Sheen no longer officially exists as a place name, it survives as the name of a station. Being south of the A316 road, the station is in Richmond rather than Kew, and so was not actually in North Sheen. Kew also has North Sheen Bowling Club,[3] North Sheen Cemetery[nb 2] and North Sheen Recreation Ground.[4]


North Sheen Recreation Ground, now in Kew, viewed from Dancer Road
North Sheen Cemetery, also now in Kew

North Sheen, whose etymology is shared with East Sheen, formed a civil parish from 1894 to 1965.[2] Historically, it formed part of the Mortlake parish and became part of the expanded Municipal Borough of Richmond in 1892.[5] Under the Local Government Act 1894, a new North Sheen parish was created from part of Mortlake,[5] with the remainder of Mortlake then forming part of Barnes Urban District. The North Sheen parish covered an area of 329 acres (1.33 km2). In 1901 the population was 2,807 and in 1951 it was 7,429.[6]

North Sheen was first marked on maps from 1904.[1] At that time it was mostly undeveloped, but by 1920 residential building was underway.[1]

In fiction[edit]

A major section of H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds takes place at Sheen, depicting with considerable detail the destruction caused there by Wells' Martian invaders.

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  1. ^ North Sheen was one of six wards in the Municipal Borough of Richmond (Surrey). "At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 9th day of September, 1907". The London Gazette. TSO. 13 September 1907. pp. 6218–20. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  2. ^ North Sheen Cemetery (also known as “Fulham New Cemetery”) opened in 1909. "North Sheen and Mortlake Cemeteries". London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. Retrieved 23 September 2014.


  1. ^ a b c Mills, A D (2010). A Dictionary of London Place Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-956678-X.
  2. ^ a b Blomfield, David (1994). Kew Past. Chichester: Phillimore & Co Ltd. p. 131. ISBN 0-85033-923-5.
  3. ^ "Welcome". North Sheen Bowling Club. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  4. ^ "North Sheen Recreation Ground". London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. 20 July 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  5. ^ a b "North Sheen parish relationships and changes". A Vision of Britain Through Time. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  6. ^ "North Sheen population". A Vision of Britain Through Time. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 22 June 2014.

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