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Richmond Green

Richmond Green is a recreation area located near the centre of Richmond, a town of about 20,000 inhabitants situated in south west London. Owned by the Crown Estate, it is leased to the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames; the Green, described as "one of the most beautiful urban greens surviving anywhere in England", is square in shape and its open grassland, framed with broadleaf trees, extends to twelve acres. On the north-east side there is a smaller open space called Little Green. Richmond Green and Little Green are overlooked by a mixture of period townhouses, historic buildings and municipal and commercial establishments including the Richmond Lending Library and Richmond Theatre. On summer weekends and public holidays the Green attracts many visitors, it has a long history of hosting sporting events. Jousting tournaments took place on Richmond Green in the Middle Ages, when English monarchs were living in or visiting what is now called Richmond. For over 400 years, Richmond Green has been edged by houses and commercial premises – built to provide accommodation for people serving or visiting Richmond Palace.

In 1625 Charles I brought his court here to escape the plague in London and by the early 18th century these had become the homes of "minor nobility and court hangers-on". The construction of the railway in the mid-19th century cut the Green off from Old Deer Park, led to the building of Victorian villas for the more prosperous commuters to London; the A316 road, built in the early 20th century, worsened this separation. Today the northern and southern sides of the Green are residential while the eastern side, linking with Richmond's high street, George Street, is retail and commercial. Public buildings line the eastern side of Little Green and pubs and cafés cluster in the corner by Paved and Golden Courts – two of a number of alleys that lead from the Green to George Street; these alleys are lined with privately owned boutiques. To the west of the Green is Old Palace Lane, running down to the river. Adjoining to the left is the renowned terrace of well-preserved three-storey houses known as Maids of Honour Row.

These were built in 1724 for the maids of honour of Queen Caroline, the queen consort of George II. As a child, Richard Burton, the Victorian explorer, lived at number 2. Richmond Green "The Green", is a street address. Numbers 1–6, 11–12 and 32, Richmond Green are all Grade II* listed. Numbers 7–10 Richmond Green are all Grade II listed, as are nos 14–18, 21–25 and 29–31; the ornamental iron railings at no 11 are Grade II* listed. The Cricketers public house is between Richmond Green and 25, Richmond Green. Another public house, The Prince's Head, is at Richmond Green. 8, Richmond Green, is the location of the Richmond Charities. The late 19th-century drinking fountain at the south corner of Richmond Green and a pair of K6 red telephone boxes are Grade II listed, as is a lamp standard outside 1, Richmond Green; the houses on the south-western side of the Green include Maids of Honour Row. The houses, their gates and railings, at numbers 1–4 Maids of Honour Row are Grade I listed; the Wardrobe and the Gate House, both Grade I listed, are surviving structures from Henry VII's Richmond Palace.

The Gate House was built in 1501, was let on a 65-year lease by the Crown Estate Commissioners in 1986. The Trumpeters' House, Grade I listed, is an early 18th-century house built on the site of Richmond Palace's Middle Gate; the street bounding Richmond Green on the north-west is called Pembroke Villas, comprising 5 pairs of large semi-detached Victorian villas the site of the house of the Dutchman Sir Matthew Decker, 1st Baronet. It descended to his grandson Richard FitzWilliam, 7th Viscount FitzWilliam of Mount Merrion, Ireland, who named it "FitzWilliam House" and there formed his famous art collection and by his will founded the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge; the monument to Sir Matthew Decker and Richard FitzWilliam survives against the external wall of St Mary Magdalene's Church, Richmond. FitzWilliam's heir was his cousin George Herbert, 11th Earl of Pembroke, of Wilton House in Wiltshire, who renamed the house "Pembroke House", it was demolished in 1840. Numbers 1 to 10, Pembroke Villas are Grade II listed.

The street running along the north east of the Green, where it joins Pembroke Villas, is called Portland Terrace. Numbers 1 to 4, Portland Terrace are Grade II listed. Between Pembroke Villas and Portland Terrace is a gate that used to be the entrance to Old Deer Park and is now open only to pedestrians. Just a few yards beyond the gate, a footbridge crosses the railway to lead to Old Deer Park Car Park. Portland Terrace runs past Little Green to become Duke Street; the Green was a popular venue. The earliest reference to cricket on Richmond Green is from a 1666 letter by Sir Robert Paston, a resident of Richmond; the Green is presently home to two village cricket teams each affiliated to two of Richmond's pubs, The Prince's Head and The Cricketers. Midweek matches are contested in the modern limited overs format of Twenty20 on a Tuesday or Thursdays, where surrounding village teams compete for the Len Smith Charity Shield. Two watercolours by Edward Walker, made in 1942, showing nos 10, 11 and 12 Richmond Green and the south side of the Green, are in the Recording Britain collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Fred Lynch (illustrator)

Fred Lynch is an American illustrator and educator from Cumberland, Rhode Island. Lynch is best known for his editorial and book illustrations for The Atlantic and Random House as well as in situ paintings of the Boston-area and Italy, he is known for journalistic illustration, urban sketching and lecturing internationally about on-site art making. Lynch was a featured artist on a Boston episode of the Travel Channel's television series Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, as an expert about the route of Paul Revere's Midnight Ride. Lynch is an illustration professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he has won the John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching. Lynch graduated in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in 1986, he is a professor and chair of the Illustration Department at Montserrat College of Art and a recipient of the Carlos Dorrien Award for Teaching Excellence. Artist Shepard Fairey's first project to garner international attention, the "André the Giant Has a Posse" sticker campaign, which evolved into the "Obey Giant" campaign, began in 1989 as an assignment in Lynch's class at the RISD.

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Marvin E. Holmes Jr.

Marvin E. Holmes Jr. is an American politician who represents district 23B in the Maryland House of Delegates. Delegate Holmes was born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 28, 1948, he attended Tuskegee University concentrating in engineering. Holmes served in the U. S. Coast Guard from 1970 until 1974 where he earned a unit commendation award and the national defense service medal, he was a member of a search and rescue air crewman. A member of House of Delegates since January 8, 2003, Delegate Holmes was appointed Deputy Majority Whip in 2006 by House Speaker Michael Busch, he is a member of the House Environmental Matters Committee, its housing and real property subcommittee and the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland. Voted for Healthy Air Act in 2006 voted against slots in 2005 voted for Tax Reform Act of 2007