The charms of the area have in the past attracted leading figures such as Charles Dickens, who wrote and set part of Nicholas Nickleby at Elm Lodge.
George Gilbert Scott
The architect George Gilbert Scott of Manor House in Ham, whose son is buried in a tomb designed by him in St Peter’s churchyard.
In his formative years , Van Gogh intended to become a minister. During his stay in England in 1876, he journeyed to Ham and Petersham in November to give a sermon at the Wesleyan Chapel which at that time was found between what are now numbers 287 and 289 Petersham Road. The chapel has been long since demolished. Van Gogh recorded the visit and the service in a letter to his brother Theo. At the foot of the letter are sketches of the chapel in the Petersham Road with another sketch of one in Twickenham. At the time of his visit to Ham, Vincent was just 23 years old.