Convenor: Ken Howe email
Teddington has been a village since before the Norman Conquest and our rich and varied history since then is a vibrant miniature of the changes that have shaped our whole country.
We are a friendly group of people, interested in anything related to Teddington’s past. Please do get in touch if you have any photos, memories or artefacts that you’d like us to record and share.
The History Group has been involved in compiling the Directory of Buildings of Townscape Merit(BTMs) and Listed Buildings
THE ORIGIN OF THE NAME OF TEDDINGTON
Teddington is an ancient word, although not in its present spelling, meaning “the town or farm of Tudda’s people”. It dates back to pre-conquest Saxon times when Teddington was a manor of Westminster Abbey. In Westminster Abbey’s Muniments Room, they hold various scraps of parchment concerning aspects of manorial life and these include at least thirty-five different spellings for Teddington – from TUDINCGATUN in 968AD, TUDINTUN a year later in 969AD, to TOTTYNGTUN, and TODYGTON in 1736.
Teddington is definitely NOT a corruption of “Tide End Town” which was penned by Rudyard Kipling in “The River’s Tale” in 1911.
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