Famous Teddington Residents

Some notable residents of Teddington include Sir Orlando Bridgeman’s domestic chaplain, the poet Thomas Traherne. Frederick, Prince of Wales, liked to surprise Stephen Hales, the pre-eminent scientific cleric, in his study. Thomas Sackville, Earl of Dorset (d. 1608), is said to have lived at the Manor House, and the Earl of Leicester dated a letter to the queen from Teddington about 1570. Charles II is recorded as visiting the Marquess of Winchester on his way from Windsor in 1679. Visitors to Robert Udney’s collection of paintings included George III and his family, and Horace Walpole.

William IV as Duke of Clarence lived nearby at Bushy House and he and Queen Adelaide were benefactors of the church and school. Alexander Herzen, the Russian liberal exile, occupied Elmfield House from 1863 to 1864 and was visited there by Garibaldi. Thomas Blagrove, musician, had a house and lands there at his death in 1688, the same year that William Penn the Quaker, dated his denial that he was a papist at Teddington.

The actress, Peg Woffington, retired to Teddington in 1757. Luffman Atterbury (d. 1796), carpenter and musician, who lived there for some years, and G. M. Whipple (1842–93), physicist, who was born there.

Others buried in the church and churchyard include Henry Flitcroft (1697–1769), architect, and Paul Whitehead (1710–74), satirist.