Parish records of St. John the Baptist, Church Grove, Hampton Wick, deposited in the Greater London Record Office, by the Incumbent, 24 November 1986 (Acc 2348)
DRO 68/315-321: Additional records deposited by the Incumbent, the Vicarage, St. Marks Road, Teddington, Middlesex, 4 June 1990 (Acc 2829).
Administrative / biographical background:
The medieval parish of Hampton comprised the Town of Hampton and the Hamlet of Hampton Wick. Most of the land within the parish was held by copyhold of the Lord of the Manor of Hampton Court ie. the King. The relationship between the Hamlet and the Town tended to be rather strained for a period of over 200 years, and on a number of occasions the two resorted to taking legal proceedings against each other.
The Church of St. John the Baptist, Hampton Wick was built in the early 1830s, at the same time as the old parish church of St. Mary, Hampton was being rebuilt. St. John's was intended to be a chapel of ease to St. Mary's but upon completion, the district of St. John was made a separate parish.
Separation into two ecclesiastical districts did not end the dispute between Hampton and Hampton Wick. The records show, for example, that there was much discontent over the resultant division of the proceeds from the Hampton Parochial Charities.