5 *Parkshot, Richmond

From Wikipedia:

“Kew Baptist Church is an independent evangelical fellowship affiliated to the Association of Grace Baptist Churches (South East). The church meets in Windsor Road, Kew. The church was founded in 1861 in Richmond, as Salem Baptist Church. It met at 5 Parkshot, a Grade II listed building near Richmond Green. The church moved to Windsor Road, Kew in 1973 and changed its name to Kew Baptist Church in 1990.”

From Historic England entry (24-Dec-1968) for 4-6 Parkshot, Richmond (pictured):

“Early C18 terrace. Two storeys over basement, attic. Three windows wide each. Brown brick with red dressings. Tiled gambrel roof with dormers. Rusticated stucco doorcases. Ground floor front of No 5 has been altered to form an entrance to the Salem Baptist Church, with pointed architraves. Segmental headed flush framed sash windows retaining some of glazing bars. Staircase remaining inside.”

From The Selwyn Family and the development of Richmond (text of a talk given by Nick Selwyn to the Richmond Local History Society in 2009):

“…You will see reference on this map to a Lower Shot and Lower Dunstable Shot, much of the Selwyn land was contained in these areas. I was intrigued to find out exactly what a Shot represented as a unit of land measurement. We are all of course familiar with *Parkshot. My research revealed that a Shot is roughly equivalent to one furlong or 40 poles. Does that help? Probably not! Well a pole is the same as a rod or perch and apparently refers to the length of stick that the ploughman’s son used to control the team of oxen, sometimes up to four pairs. To give us a clearer idea then one furlong would be equal to a furrow length of 220 yards. Eight furlongs would make a mile. You might care to bear this in mind the next time you place your bet at the races or are negotiating the rent on your allotment! I have to concede, however, that John Cloake did not subscribe to this theory when I mentioned it to him, commenting that the boy’s stick would have to have measured over 15 feet in length!”

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