District of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
The earliest recorded use of the name is c. 950 as Sceon and means shed or shelters. The area was designated separately from Sheen (an earlier name for Richmond) from the 13th century.
Throughout its history, East Sheen has not formed an independent unit of civil administration and was instead included as part of the Mortlake parish in the Brixton hundred of Surrey. It was included in the Metropolitan Police District in 1840. From 1892 to 1894 Mortlake (including East Sheen) formed part of the expanded Municipal Borough of Richmond. In 1894 nearby North Sheen was created as a civil parish, being split off from Mortlake and remaining in the Municipal Borough of Richmond. The remainder of Mortlake (including East Sheen) was instead transferred to Barnes Urban District.
In 1965 North Sheen was incorporated in Kew which, with the rest of the Municipal Borough of Richmond, joined Twickenham and Barnes to form the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, bringing East Sheen and the former North Sheen into the same borough.
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