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The History Group

Convenor: Dick Hughes, 0208 977 0653
email gillyhughes580@btinternet.com

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


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.

In connection with celebrations of 800 Years of the Parish of Teddington, Ken Howe wrote the following as a lead in to our “800 Years Of Teddington” history exhibit which will be available on pull up banners for schools, bodies and associations to borrow: HERE

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General information

Teddington Society Committee

Or write to us at

1 Avenue Road
TW11 0BT

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Why join?

The more members we have, the stronger our voice and the more influence we can exert. We campaign on issues which would adversely affect the town and support initiatives that will be of benefit. Make your opinion known through us. There’s strength in numbers so the more members the merrier.