Richmond and Twickenham Times
The Richmond and Twickenham Times is a weekly local newspaper, established in 1873 and is published on Fridays. It covers the London Borough of Richmond upon surrounding areas, it is delivered free to 35,232 homes in the borough, with another 634 copies picked up free, 2,663 copies sold for 55p. The Richmond and Twickenham Times was established in 1873 by 26-year-old Edward King who ran the paper for 21 years until he was declared insane in 1894. From 1896 it was owned by the Dimbleby family. Richard Dimbleby was managing editor and editor in chief from 1946. After his death in 1965, his son David Dimbleby took over; the paper was sold by the Dimblebys to Newsquest in 2001. In April 2003 when he retired, Malcolm Richards was the country's longest serving editor, having filled the role for 27 years; the Richmond and Twickenham Times went tabloid in January 2008. The newspaper was based at King Street, Richmond from 1873 to 2007 and in London Road, Twickenham from 2007; the newspaper moved from its headquarters in Twickenham to Quadrant House in Sutton in May 2014 in a move to cut costs.
The Dimbleby group created the Thames Valley Times, the Chiswick Times, the Barnes and Sheen Times, the Wandsworth Borough News, the Kingston and New Malden Times, the Hounslow and Hanworth Times, the Putney and Wimbledon Times and the Battersea News. The Wandsworth Borough News closed in 2009; the others have ceased publication the Hounslow and Brentford Times and the Chiswick Times closing in July 2010. Official website Audit Bureau of Circulations, Group Circulation Certificate Newsquest Media Group
Whitton is a suburban area in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Together with the neighbouring electoral ward of Heathfield, it forms the north-western part of Twickenham and is located in Southwest London. Whitton and Heathfield are considered together for administrative purposes; the area has a railway station on the Windsor Line from London Waterloo and has good road links with the A316 running through the area that leads to the M3 motorway. The focus of the district is the High Street, one of the best-preserved 1930s high streets in London; the most common type of housing in the area is 1930's detached and semi-detached housing. As a residential area in outer London, many residents commute to Central London. Formally part of the ancient parish of Twickenham until 1862 when it became a separate parish with the church of St Philip and St James opening that year. Due to rapid development the parish was divided again in the 1958 and the two electoral wards that make up the town still broadly follow these two parish boundaries.
In 1999, excavations on the former Feltham marshalling yard, located on the western border of Whitton, unearthed remains of an Iron Age furnace and post holes from a round house. There are various remains of former mills and other industrial archaeological features adjoining the River Crane and this part of the river is classified as an Archaeological Priority Area In Norman times Whitton was the western rural part of Twickenham, in turn part of the Manor of Isleworth – itself part of the subdivision of the ancient county of Middlesex, England; the manor had belonged to Ælfgar, Earl of Mercia in the time of Edward the Confessor, but was granted to Walter de Saint-Valery by William I of England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Around 1540 gunpowder started to be produced along the River Crane in what was to become known as the Hounslow Gunpowder Mills as it was sited on part of Hounslow Heath which at the time covered a large part of Twickenham; the site was chosen in part as it was away from built up areas, lessening the impact of accidental explosions.
By the 16th century the area, to become Whitton started to see large houses being developed, as the fashionable society in Twickenham started to spread outward. The Elizabethan and Jacobean courtier Sir John Suckling built a house in the vicinity of the present Murray Park. Sir John replaced his first house with a grander residence on land adjoining today's Warren Road. Around 1640 Edmund Cooke built a large house close to the centre of the village; this was bought by the court painter Sir Godfrey Kneller who pulled it down and in 1709 built his own larger house. This in turn was modified by owners and was acquired by the state in 1847 for use as a teacher training college and is now home to the Royal Military School of Music. At the centre of the original village, about 200 m from Kneller Hall is the White Hart, an inn dating back at least to the mid-17th century and much earlier. Records relating to this inn seem to suggest that Whitton had an importance, not well recorded, or that travellers passed through it in considerable numbers.
A document of 1685 shows that it provided three beds, stabling for ten horses. At the northern end of Whitton was Whitton Park, the estate of the third Duke of Argyll, which he established in 1722 on land, enclosed some years earlier from Hounslow Heath; the Duke was an enthusiastic gardener and he imported large numbers of exotic species of plants and trees for his estate. After the Duke's death his nephew, the third Earl of Bute, moved many of these, including mature trees, to the Princess of Wales' new garden at Kew; this became Kew Gardens and some of the Duke's trees can still be seen there to this day. Whitton was renowned as a'market garden', known for its roses, lilies of the valley and for its apple and pear orchards. Indeed, until the 1920s the village was still separated from the surrounding towns by open fields and much of the earlier character of the old village was retained well into the 1940s. However, in little more than a decade all that changed; the coming of the railways in 1850 started to prompt more development with the area served by Hounslow & Whitton railway station built by London and South Western Railway and opened on 1 February 1850.
Although there was a little housing development in the 19th century, on Nelson and Hounslow Roads and in the area between Kneller and Nelson Roads, Whitton remained a quiet country village. However, following the opening of Whitton railway station in Percy Road in 1931, housing development replaced the market gardens and the former Argyll Estate, having been sold for development in the 1890s. New parades of shops were built on either side of Percy Road from the railway station bridge to the junction with Nelson and Hounslow Roads; this stretch became known as "High Street" Whitton. A number of houses were damaged by enemy bombing in the early years of the Second World War. Before 1944, 86 Hounslow Road received a direct hit from a German bomb and was badly damaged, though not destroyed. In June 1944, 81 High Street received a direct hit from a V1 flying bomb. Part of the parade of shops and the flats above was destroyed and several people were killed. Around the same time a house in Lincoln Avenue was destroyed by a V1
Twickenham railway station
Twickenham railway station is in Twickenham in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, is in Travelcard Zone 5. By track it is 11 miles 22 chains from London Waterloo. Only one main street abuts the station — at its west end — London Road running between a trunk road south of Twickenham Stadium and the town centre to the south including the town's public section of riverside; the station and all trains serving. Apart from Richmond Railway Bridge it is at the heart of a long section of two tracks at grade between Putney and Egham. Between about this point and St Margarets station, 500 metres east, are three tracks instead of two. Adding to the station's use, west are returning ends of the Hounslow Loop Lines. A street runs against the south side of the station meaning the westbound platform has long been in island format and doubles as the fast and semi-fast services' eastbound platform; the predecessor, a neo-gothic station, was built by the London and Windsor Railway on the west of London Road bridge, opening on 22 August 1848.
Preparatory work for rebuilding by the Southern Railway in its "Southern Odeon" style on the east of London Road was halted by the outbreak of World War II, with most trackwork and the vertical edgings of the five planned through platforms in place. After the war some platforms were made level for rugby spectators' trains which were hand-flagged through the station. In 28 March 1954 a rebuilt station came into use with three through tracks; the two main up platforms face each other. The slower of these sees more than half of services join from a flyover to the south which coupled with the three tracks to St Margarets ensures no hold-ups needed to fast services eastbound. Platform 1 has not existed as a functioning entity since before 2003; the trackbeds of both are now obstructed by temporary buildings. Platform 3 has a direct access from the street available via a queuing area used during events at Twickenham Stadium. On 4 February 1996, South West Trains ran the first re-privatised service nationally.
This ran from Twickenham to London at 05:10. The last regular-scheduled privatised train on the main network was 48 years before; the typical off-peak service from the station in trains per hour is: 12 to London Waterloo, of which: 8 run direct via Richmond and Clapham Junction with: 2 calling at Richmond and Clapham Junction only, 2 calling at Richmond, Clapham Junction and Vauxhall, 4 calling at all stations 2 run via the Kingston Loop and Wimbledon calling at all stations except Queenstown Road 2 run via the Hounslow Loop line calling at all stations 2 to Reading, calling at Feltham and all stations except Longcross. 2 to Windsor and Eton Riverside, calling at Whitton, Ashford and all stations. The station is on bus routes to places including Brentford and Hounslow. A taxi rank adjoins the booking hall; the RFU had petitioned the government to improve the station to be ready to handle the increased use during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Network Rail invested in plans in partnership with Kier Property and new rolling stock was ordered.
The partnership's boldest plans were countered by a residents action group. The Supreme Court refused leave to appeal from a series of pro-plan rulings in Summer 2013; the process led to reduced density and aesthetically enhanced plans and construction started in 2017. Enlargement of the complex to be mounted on a broad "podium", an outside street-level plaza, about 115 apartments, new retail units and a permanently open at-grade northern access point are being built in a programme of works forecast to end in 2020; the works include two northern entrances with direct access and footbridge access to platforms 2 and 3. Train times and station information for Twickenham railway station from National Rail
Petersham is a village in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames on the east of the bend in the River Thames south of Richmond, which it shares with neighbouring Ham. It provides the foreground of the scenic view from Richmond Hill across Petersham Meadows, with Ham House further along the river. Other nearby places include Twickenham, Teddington and Roehampton. Petersham appears in Domesday Book as Patricesham, it was held by Chertsey Abbey. Its assets were: 4 hides, it rendered £6 10s 0d. The village was the birthplace in 1682 of Archibald Campbell 3rd Duke of Argyll and Earl of Islay, he went on to found the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh in 1727, his face is on the obverse of all of the Royal Bank's current banknotes. The explorer George Vancouver retired to Petersham, where he wrote A Voyage Of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, Round the World while living in what is now called Glen Cottage in River Lane, he is buried in the churchyard of Petersham Parish Church. The Portland stone monument over his grave, renovated in the 1960s, is now Grade II listed in view of its historical associations.
In 1847 Queen Victoria granted Pembroke Lodge in the Petersham part of Richmond Park to John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, it became the Russell family home. Lord Russell's grandson, Bertrand Russell, spent some of his childhood there. During World War II the GHQ Liaison Regiment established its regimental headquarters nearby at The Richmond Hill Hotel, with its base at Pembroke Lodge. In the early 19th century, Charles Stanhope, styled Lord Petersham Earl of Harrington, gave the Petersham name to a type of greatcoat. In 1955 Petersham gave its name to HMS Petersham, a Ham class minesweeper. Listed buildings include a watchman's box that served as a village lock-up and dates from 1787. Petersham Road includes an sharp right-angled bend edged by a pair of handsome wrought-iron gates; this is the entrance to one of the most notable houses in Petersham. After a spate of serious accidents on the bend in the road, the neighbours formed a group in the 1850s called Trustees of the Road; the Hon. Algernon Tollemache of Ham House was their leader and they managed to persuade the owner of Montrose House to part with some land to reduce the sharpness of the bend.
But various dents in the brick wall today reveal. Adjacent to Montrose House and as impressive is Rutland Lodge, built in 1666 for a Lord Mayor of London. Another interesting house in Petersham is Douglas House, just off the west drive to Ham House. One of its more notable inhabitants was Duchess of Queensberry. In 1969 it was bought by the Federal Republic of Germany for use as a German school. New buildings have been erected in the grounds, but the original house and stables have been preserved. Petersham is served by only two bus routes: the 65 and 371, both linking the town with Richmond and Kingston upon Thames. Deutsche Schule, London is based at Douglas House Sudbrook School is a nursery school on Bute Avenue The Russell School on Petersham Road was founded in 1851 by Lord John Russell who served twice as Britain's Prime Minister, it was located in Richmond Park, near Petersham Gate. Petersham Parish Church is believed to pre-date the Norman conquest of England as a church at Petersham is mentioned in Domesday Book.
All Saints' on Bute Avenue was never consecrated. It was built between 1899 and 1909 by Leeds architect John Kelly for Mrs Rachael Warde as a memorial to her parents who had lived at Petersham House. During World War II it was used as an Anti-Aircraft Command post and it has been used as a recording studio and as a filming location, it is now a private residence. Richmond Golf Club is situated in Sudbrook House. Ham and Petersham Cricket Club, whose home matches are played in Ham, was established in 1815. Ranelagh Harriers running club is based behind The Dysart restaurant. Chris Brasher, sports journalist and co-founder of the London Marathon, lived in River Lane, Petersham; the author and illustrator Charles George Harper lived in Petersham in life, died there in 1943. Prince Rupert Loewenstein, merchant banker and longtime financial manager of The Rolling Stones, lived in Petersham Lodge in River Lane, a former grace-and-favour mansion, purchased for about £2 million in 1987, it is an early 18th-century house, built for the Duchess of Queensberry, Grade II listed by Historic England.
Beverley Nichols, lived at Sudbrook Cottage in Sudbrook Park, Petersham. The entertainer Tommy Steele bought Montrose House in 1969. Lynne Truss grew up in Petersham. George Vancouver, Captain in the Royal Navy and one of Britain's greatest explorers and navigators, is thought to have lived in Glen Cottage on River Lane in Petersham. Peter Voser, the former CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, lived in Petersham, he has since moved back to his native Switzerland. German School London Weinreb and Hibbert, Christopher; the London Encyclopaedia. Macmillan. CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter Description and map of Petersham Conservation Area A community site run by residents of Petersham Ham Photos blog – hundreds of photos of Petersham with brief descriptions Photo of Petersham Lock-up Richmond Local History Society, which covers Richmond, Kew and Petersham]]
Twickenham is an affluent suburban area of south-west London, England. It is 10 miles west-southwest of Charing Cross. Part of Middlesex, it has formed part of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames since 1965. Twickenham has an extensive town centre and is famous for being the home of rugby union in England, with hundreds of thousands of spectators visiting Twickenham Stadium, the world's largest rugby stadium, each year; the historic riverside area is famous for its network of 18th-century buildings and pleasure grounds, many of which survive intact. This area has three grand period mansions with public access: York House, Marble Hill and Strawberry Hill House. Another has been lost. Among these is the Neo-Gothic prototype home of Horace Walpole which has given its name to a whole district, Strawberry Hill, is linked with the oldest Roman Catholic university in the country, St Mary's University. Excavations have revealed settlements in the area dating from the Early Neolithic Mesolithic periods.
Occupation seems to have continued through the Iron Age and the Roman occupation. The area was first mentioned in an 8th-century charter to cede the area to Waldhere, Bishop of London, "for the salvation of our souls"; the charter, dated 13 June 704, is signed with 12 crosses. The signatories included Swaefred of Cenred of Mercia and Earl Paeogthath. In Norman times Twickenham was part of the Manor of Isleworth – itself part of the Hundred of Hounslow, Middlesex; the manor had belonged to Ælfgār, Earl of Mercia in the time of Edward the Confessor, but was granted to Walter de Saint-Valery by William I of England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The area was farmed for several hundred years, while the river provided opportunities for fishing and trade. Bubonic plague spread to the town in 1665 and 67 deaths were recorded, it appears. There was a watch house in the middle of the town, with stocks, a pillory and a whipping post whose owner was charged to "ward within and about this Parish and to keep all Beggars and Vagabonds that shall lye abide or lurk about the Towne and to give correction to such...".
In 1633 construction began on York House. It was occupied by Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester in 1656 and by Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon. 1659 saw the first mention of the Twickenham Ferry, although ferrymen had been operating in the area for many generations. Sometime before 1743 a "pirate" ferry appears to have been started by Twickenham inhabitants. There is a floating hostelry of some kind. Several residents wrote to the Lord Mayor of the City of London:... Complaining that there is fixed near the Shore of Twickenham on the River Thames a Vessell made like a Barge and called the Folly wherein divers loose and disorderly persons are entertained who have behaved in a indecent Manner and do afront divers persons of Fashion and Distinction who in an Evening Walk near that place, desired so great a Nuisance might be removed.... In 1713 the nave of the ancient St Mary's Church collapsed, the church was rebuilt in the Neo-classical style to designs by a local architect, John James. In 1736, the noted pharmacist and quack doctor Joshua Ward set up the Great Vitriol Works to produce sulphuric acid, using a process discovered in the seventeenth century by Johann Glauber in which sulphur is burned together with saltpetre, in the presence of steam.
The process generates an unpleasant smell, which caused objections from local residents. The area was soon home to the world's first industrial production facility for gunpowder, on a site between Twickenham and Whitton on the banks of the River Crane. There were frequent explosions and loss of life. On 11 March 1758, one of two explosions was felt in Reading, in April 1774 another explosion terrified people at church in Isleworth. In 1772 three mills blew up. Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, wrote complaining to his friend and relative Henry Seymour Conway Lieutenant General of the Ordnance, that all the decorative painted glass had been blown out of his windows at Strawberry Hill; the powder mills remained in operation until 1927. Much of the site is now occupied by Crane Park, in which the old Shot Tower, mill sluices and blast embankments can still be seen. Much of the area along the river next to the Shot Tower is now a nature reserve; the 1818 Enclosure Award led to the development of 182 acres of land to the west of the town centre between the present day Staines and Hampton Roads, where new roads – Workhouse Road, Middle Road, 3rd, 2nd and 1st Common Roads – were laid out.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, a number of fine houses were built and Twickenham became a popular place of residence for people of "fashion and distinction". Further development was stimulated by the opening of Twickenham station in 1848. Electricity was introduced to Twickenham in 1902 and the first trams arrived the following year. In 1939, when All Hallows Lombard Street was demolished in the City of London, its distinctive stone tower designed by Christopher Wren, with its peal of ten bells and connecting stone cloister, the interior furnishings, including a Renatus Harris organ and a pulpit used by John Wesley, were brought to Twickenham to be incorporated in the new All Hallows Church on