Friday, 30 September 2016

Riverside, west of the Tower and north of the river. Teddington Broom Hall




This square covers sites north of the river only. South is Ham and Hawker

This square covers a very small area. It largely consists of a large sports ground which is part of the Lensbury Club which is in the square to the west.  Until purchased in the 1920s by the Club’s predecessors it was the site of Broom Hall, and slightly upriver, Old Broom Hall.

Post to the south Teddington Normansfield and Trowlock and Canbury Gardens
Post to the east Ham Lands and Teddington Lock



Broom Road
Old Broom Hall This is said to have been built in about 1760. It appears to have been demolished in the 1930s
Broom Hall. This is said to have been built for John Cornelius Park in 1856. It was sold on his death and by the 1880s was the home of the 2nd Earl Russell, John Francis Stanley Russell.  He was the first peer to join the Labour Party – he introduced the Highway Code and had the first ever car number plate.  He was also tried, by the House of Lords, for bigamy – and was the brother of philosopher Bertrand Russell. Under him the house had an innovastive and early electrical installation which included generation equipment. . Russell sold the house in the early 1890s and it was acquired by the Shell Company in the 1920s and used as the Lensbury, their sports club, until they it was demolished in the 1930s and the new Lensbury building erected to the north.

Sources
Twickenham Museum, Web site
Wikipedia. Earl Russell. Web site

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Riverside North of the river and west of the Tower. Teddington - Normansfield and Trowlock



This post shows sites north of the river only.  South is Canbury Gardens


Post to the south Hampton Wick and Kingston
Post to the north Ham and Hawker and Teddington Broom Hall

Broom Road
Teddington Sports Centre. Public sports and leisure centre in part of Teddington School.
Teddington School  The school opened in 1962 as the Teddington Secondary School for Boys taking boys from Stanley Road School, Twickenham Technical School and later St Mark's School’ In the mid-1980s they began to take girls’. In 2010 original buildings and sports fields were demolished, and replaced. It was then designated as a Specialist Visual Arts College and became an ‘Academy’ in 2012. A Sixth Form was opened in 2014
Teddington Sewage Works

Fairways
TS Saumurez  Twickenham Sea Cadets

Kingston Road
Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  This opened in 1893 and in 1933a new front and presbytery was built. It has been renovated since.
Normansfield Hospital. In 1868 Dr John Langdon Down with his wife Mary, established a private Asylum for mentally handicapped children from upper class families.  They bought The White House which had never been occupied.  They renamed it Normansfield after their solicitor. They opened the Normansfield Training Institution for Imbeciles in 1868.  It was the intention to educate and train the patients according to their capabilities. Soon wings were added and then two adjoining properties and a field running down to the Thames. In 1877 farm buildings were built where the patients could work and an Entertainment Hall.  In 1878, Broom Hall was purchased  Dr Langdon Down continued his medical practice in  Harley Street, as well as being honorary consultant physician to the London Hospital. Mary Langdon Down supervised the day-to-day running of the Institution. By 1888 all the land and properties between Normansfield Road and Holmesdale Road, and between Kingston Road and Broom Road, had been acquired by the Asylum. A laundry was built in 1883, and a boathouse in 1884, also a drill hall and a clock tower  In 1896 Dr Langdon Down died suddenly and   Mary Langdon Down four years later,. Their two sons, Reginald and Percy took over the running of the Institution.  The work continued and seaside holidays and trips became a feature. In 1925 it was being run by Reginald and  Helen, Percival's widow and in 1940 Reginald’s daughter Stella joined them – but the building suffered greatly in the Second World War include having a V1 hit. In 1946 Percival's son, Norman, took over but it was decided to join the NHS in 1951. Gradually staff shortages led to a winding down and sale of land. Norman - Reginald’s nephew – took over and in 1957 Stella; Lady Brain formed a League of Friends. Gradually things began o improve. In 1970 the last member of the Langdon Down family retired. In the 1970s there was a big probem with the management and the then manager was sacked. It closed in 1997. The site was bought by Laing Homes in 1999, who redeveloped it as Langdon Park, housing estate.  The original Hospital building survives as does the Entertainment Hall and is the Langdon Down Centre. The Hospital workshops and mortuary and the boundary wall with Kingston Road with its original cast-iron railings all survive. The remainder have been demolished.


Langdon Park
Housing on the site of Normansfield Hospital

Lower Teddington Road
St.John the Baptist Church of England School
Hampton Wick Infant and Nursery School

Normansfield Road
Avenue Road Day Centre –charitable centre for people with learning disabilities. Closed down and now demolished


Trowlock Island
This is an island with 29 bungalows and the Royal Canoe Club. The houses are along a path down the middle. Access is by way of a hand wound chain ferry. His was once three islands and the name comes from ‘Trow’, a type of barge. Harry Gibbs' boat building firm was on the island in 1910 rowlock Island Limited manages the infrastructure of the island and each bungalow or plot has a number of shares. There is a plan for encouraging bio-diversity, such as bats water fowl and rare species of cultivated plants.
Royal Canoe Club. The club dates back to 1866 founded by  John MacGregor, a Scottish Lawyer. s. He went on extensive tours on the lakes and rivers of Europe. in a craft which he designed and built and which he named ‘Rob Roy’. This is now in the National Maritime Museum. He wrote all his travels up in a series of books. From this grew the canoe club following a meeting at the Star and Garter Hotel. From the start cub members took part in races. In 1867, Edward Prince of Wales became Commodore followed by other Royals. In 1878 Turks boathouse was used as a clubhouse although a Mr. Turk had been refused membership as being in trade. I 1897, the Club obtained a lease of land on Trowlock Island and a timber building erected which is still in use. In 1993 they took over a site owned by BP and they joined with the Walbrook Rowing Club, part of BP. they were also joned by The Skiff Club, which also been based at Turk’s boathouse


Trowlock Way
Broom Road Recreation Ground. This park is a large flat space with a lot of grass and is in effect a large sports field designated for football and cricket. The tennis courts have been turned into a beach volleyball venue and there is an adjacent playground, and seating overlooking the river.
Thamesis Club. This is a sailing club involved in dinghy racing. It was founded in 1885 and its first club room was at Alfred Burgoine’s boat house at Hampton Wick. They moved here in 1901 after a fire and a new clubhouse was built. A boat store and changing rooms were built in 1960 and a new boat shed in 1973.
The Pavilion Montessori Nursery School
Teddington Hockey Club. They claim to be the oldest hockey club in the world.


Wick Road
27 The Lion. 19th Victorian single-bar pub


Sources
Greater London Council. Thames Guidelines
Hampton Wick Infant and Nursery School. Web site
London Borough of Richmond. Web site
Lost Hospitals of London. Web site
Pevsner and Cherry. South London
Pub History. Web site.
Royal Canoe Club. Web site
St.John the Baptist Church of England School. Web site
Teddington Hockey Club. Web site
Teddington Leisure Centre. Web site
Teddington School. Web site.
Thamesis Club
Twickenham Sea Cadets. Web site
Wikipedia. Trowlock Island. Web site

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Riverside west of the Tower and north of the river Hampton Wick


This post relates to sites north of the river only. South of the river is Kingston

Post to the south Hampton Court Park Rick Pond and Kingston Portsmouth Road
Post to the north Canbury Gardens and Teddington Normansfield and Trowlock


Barge Walk
Barge Walk Cottages


Bennett Close
Named after Timothy Bennett the cobbler of Hampton Wick. The entrance to the close from Park Road was the entrance to the Moyle Foundry. The Close itself dates from 1977 and replaced the foundry with flats and library.
38 Victor Moyle's foundry to the rear. They undertook a wide variety of machining operations, sheet-metal working, electrical work, tool and pattern making, foundry work, and rubber and plastic moulding,
Hampton Wick Library. Designed by M. J. Landolt, Borough Architect for London Borough of Richmond.
Queen Victoria Jubilee Memorial – this is a drinking fountain with a lamp on top. It was Built with public donations in 1897 and stood on the High Street. With in the early 20th it was relocated to the junction of Church Grove and Hampton Court Road and was neglected. It has now been restored and is outside the library
Bullen Hall. This is a modern hall


Bushy Park
Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club. This was founded in 1863 and its grounds are in Bushy Park.


Church Grove
The King’s Fields. Playing Fields, King George V donated the site to the National Playing Fields Association in 1927 for use by local children. A skateboard park opened in 1998.
Kingston Bridge House. This is a Kingston University Hall of Residence. There was a house here with this name which was demolished in 1959 and the current building erected.  In 1963 this was Vickers Sperry Rand, manufactures of marine hydraulic power plant. It was converted to student accommodation in 1995.
4 Ecclesia House built 1829 and later called Fairlight
St. John the Baptist. This was originally a chapel of ease to the parish church of St Mary at Hampton. It was paid for by the Church Commissioners and it was completed by 1830. Edward Lapidge was the architect and he also donated the land for it – he had been born in Hampton Wick. It is a plain Gothic Revival s church in yellow Suffolk brick and Bath stone. It was intended for it to seat 800 people and half the sears were not subject to pew rent. It was enlarged in 1887 and restored in 1880 and 1911. It was however closed in 2005 and re-opened in 2010.
The Warehouse. This is the community hall of St John's Hampton Wick. It has four rooms for hire.  It is also part of Fairlight Mews which were the stables and amenity buildings for Fairlight the house in Church Grove next to the church.
Asquith Bushy Park Day Nursery. This was originally the hall for St. John’s Church, sold off in the past.


Cobblers Walk
This is a footpath going across the parks from Sandy Lane to Hampton High Street.
Timothy Bennet, the Shoemaker of Hampton Wick took exception to the local lord enclosing the park and forcing lengthy detours on the locals so he fund raised to go to court on the issue. Eventually a public right of way was established across Bushy Park and this is known as 'Cobblers Walk'. Timothy later wrote a play about the whole episode.


Hampton Court Road
For most of the length of this road in this square it runs between old brick walls and a wide grass verges. Behind the walls are Hampton Court Park to the south and Bushy Park to the north.
Old King’s Head. Mid 19th pub in a prominent position. It is not clear if there is any relationship on the site with a Kings Head present in the 17th.
Hampton Wick Gate Lodge. Built around 1800
Gate posts for the Kingston Gate into Hampton Court Park


Hampton Court Park
Old ice house. This is 12-sided brick structure in plum brick. Used for storing ice collected in winter for food preservation. It is said to date from 1625 – although other sources say it is 18th.
Hampton Wick Pond. The pond dates from the 1650s


High Street
1 White Hart Hotel. Possibly on this site since the 17th, the present building dares from 1930
22 The Swan Pub. This is mentioned in a document of 1610 by the date 1535 is painted on the front which suggests that this is its original earliest date. It was rebuilt in 1931.
29 Thames Valley Plating Works. This was taken over by the French brothers in 1924 and set up as Electrical Manufacturing and Plating Co. They made loudspeakers. In time this became Celestion – albeit eventually located elsewhere,
45 Foresters Hotel. This is first documented in 1861 and it Dutch gables came later. It was however The Hope Beershop in 1851, and then called the Man of Kent from 1863 and The Foresters Arms from 1881
45a Local Board offices which later became the Urban District Council. This was built in 1884 by Richard T Elsam, Surveyor to the Hampton Wick Local Board - which date is shown on the building. A terracotta roundel shows the stag and crown emblem of Hampton Wick. The building later became the public library and in the 1960s the upper floors were converted to flats. There is a council chamber on the ground floor and above were offices and caretaker’s flat.
Hampton Wick Junior School and Infants School, These were adjacent the council offices but have since been demolished. They were National Schools which implies they had an origin in a local Church of England. It was still on site here in the 1950s as Hampton Wick County Primary school which moved from here in 1965 to its present site
Boys School. This is shown next to the Primary School.  It may be a later version of the Hampton Free School’s Annexe at Hampton Wick set up in 1839.  Hampton School was that time a state grammar school
59-61 this was the Rose and Crown pub. It closed in 2004 and is now a noodle bar. It is first mentioned as a pub in 1788,
60 Navigator House/ This was the Grove Inn noted in 1853. It closed around 1920 and became a petrol station and garage, Grove Motors. In the 1980s it was converted to offices and is now called Navigator House.
91 Railway Tavern. This closed in 2009 but is first documented in 1859. It was originally called the New Inn.
Hampton Wick Station. This lies between Kingston and Teddington stations on South Western Trains. It was opened in 1863 by the London and South Western Railway on the insistence of the Parliamentary Commissioners when the line opened to Kingston.   It was rebuilt in 1968 with a CLASP system building.


Lower Teddington Road
Beckett's Wharf. C.W.Beckett family had a lighterage business here to the 1950s. It dated back to at least the 1920s.  They owned a variety of tugs and other vessels.  The wharf subsequently became used for office accommodation. It is now housing.
Burgoynes Boat Yard. C. & A.Burgoyne (or Burgoine) had opened in 1860s and built canoes launches and yachts in the 1880s- describing themselves as ‘Boat Builders to Her Majesty” - as they had built the state barge. They became bankrupt in 1910 but the boatyard was bought by son in law Harry Offer and they continued in business but a younger generation appear to have diversified and moved from the area although the Offer Group continues in construction work. The site is now housing.
18 Old Castle Wharf. Blighty Electric washing machine manufacturers were here in 1928 – in fact they made a range of household appliances, mostly gas powered. By 1929 P. & H. Metal predicts had a works making press tools.
18 Old Malt House. This is a house – but maltings were a major industry on the riverside here
26 this is a late 18th house known as Skinners Hall, and later Springfield and now Moiravale. It had been used as an old people's home in the 20th


Marina Place
This is a small park at the south side of the approach to Kingston Bridge near the entrance to Hampton Court Home Park
Hampton Wick War Memorial. This commemorates the casualties of both World Wars. It was unveiled on 3 May 1921 with the Church Lads Brigade and a bugler from the East Surrey Regimental Depot. In 1933 it was floodlit using gas from the Hampton Wick Gas Co. It consists of a cross on a shaft and plinth with stones of remembrance and a small tablet. It says “Parish of Hampton Wick 1914-1918.  To the glory of God and in memory of those brave men of this Parish who gave their lives for their country.


Old Bridge Street
Marks the site of the pre-1828 bridge. Medieval remains were found here in 1972 as well as substantial relics of the previous bridge.
Harcos Timber Yard. This was previously a timber yard owned by Gridly Miskin. Metal-framed storage buildings here are thought to be early 20th in origin
White Horse Pub. Demolished
Victory Industries Ltd . This began in a boat house alongside Kingston Bridge during the Second World War. It was founded by, Captain William John Warren and Gerald Fenner Burgoyne to manufacture electrical components for the Ministry of Supply. In 1946 they moved to Guildford and developed further.
Hart Harden & Co., boat builders. These were present in the 1920s near Kingston Bridge. Mr Harden ‘naval architect’ worked on motor vessels in the early 20th, selling them as far afield as India and the Far East. ‘One of the busiest firms on the river’.  Some of their boats are now noted in national collection


Park Road
38 This house fronted Victor Moyle foundry.
Ingram House. Site of Vicarage. Demolished and flats built 1934
10 Chase Lodge Hotel. This was Mayfield built in 1883 and said to be the home of a magistrate
12 Kelly’s Dance Studio. This was the Assembly rooms opened in 1889.  It contained one large room, seating 250, and smaller rooms. In 1890 the Baptist Mission moved here from the High Street. Here, as well as the Sunday School, evening services were added, plus summer open-air meetings. From 1914 it was used as a furniture depository and later, from 1928, the Hepworth School of Dancing.


Sandy Lane
Timothy Bennett Memorial. Terracotta monument to the shoemaker who preserved the right of way across Bushy Park. This is by the gate on the junction of Park Road and Sandy Lane.


School Lane
This is named for the National School which stood on the corner with the High Street.
Assembly Rooms.  Large sign on the wall at the junction of Park Road.


Seymour Road
25 St. Johns Vicarage. The house is also known as ‘The Old Vicarage’.  A St.John’s Vicarage is also found in Park Road – demolished and now the site of flats. Fairlight, next to St. John’s Church, also seems to have reverend occupants. St.John’s Vicarage, whichever,  is described, by Pevsner, as being designed by famous architect, S.S.Teulon.


St Johns Road
St. John’s Mews – was Fairlight Mews. Described as a coach house with use as a wartime fire station
12 Alfred Bullen brass foundry. Now Visual Impact in buildings at the rear of the house


Station Road
1 The Sidings. House built in modern style 2011 on the railway sidings.


Upper Teddington Road
Hampton Wick Baptist Church. The church had started in 1879 and used various buildings in the area. In 1902 William Hart bought the current site, which was empty fields and fund raising events were organised. The building was completed in 1905. In 1934 a Sunday School Hall at the back of the church was opened. The Mission closed in 1940 and the buildings were requisitioned as an emergency Rest Centre and two brick air raid shelters were built. The Mission reopened in 1946. The church has remained active ever since and has had various extensions over the years
7-9 currently a car wash this was the Agean Works of Lazgill, precision engineers, after 1940. They are now in Vicarage Road.
11 Calnet Laboratory Services. This dates from 1991 and offers full calibration service. They are a division of Lazgill which were once adjacent to their building.


Vicarage Road
Snercold Engineering. This was the Safety Non-Explosive Reservoir Co Ltd.  They made a number of such safety systems in the early 20th.
Precision Works. Lazgill Ltd. Calibration and precision engineers.


Sources
Calnet. Web site
Chase Lodge Hotel. Web site
Faded London. Blog site
Field. London Place Names
Friends of Hampton Wick Library. Web site 
Grace’s Guide. Web site
Greater London Council. Thames Guidelines
Hampton School. Web site
Hampton Wick Baptists. Web site
Hampton Wick History. Web site
Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club. Web site
Historic England. Web site
Imperial War Museum. Web site
Kingston Trails. Web site
Kingston Zodiac
London Borough of Kingston. Web site
London Encyclopaedia  
Lost Pubs. Web site
Middlesex Churches
Panorama of the Thames. Web site
Parks and Gardens. Web site
Pastscape. Web site
Pevsner and Cherry. South London
Port of London Magazine 
Return to the Victory. Web site
Salter’s Guide to the Thames
St. John’s Church. Web site
Thames Tugs. Web site
Twickenham Museum. Web site
Walford. Village London
Wheatley and Meulencamp. Follies
Wikipedia. Hampton Wick Station. Web site

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Riverside north of the river and west of the Tower. Hampton Court Park Rick Pond



This post shows sites north of the river only. South of the river is Kingston Portsmouth Road

Post to the east Kingston
Post to the north Kingston and Hampton Wick
Post to the south Hampton Court Palace Golf Clubhouse and Seething Wells



Hampton Court Park
The Rick Pond. The water comes from the Longford River flowing down the Long Water canal into the Rick Pond before reaching the Thames. The lake has an open aspect with south westerly winds running up the length of the pond. The southerly end was extended in 1931 and more recently the southerly end gas filled in to allow avenues of trees to be planted returning to the layout designed for Charles II.   The pond is also used for fishing.
Hampton Court Model Yacht Club. The Rick Pond has been the venue for model yacht racing since the 1890’s. The Rev. Leonard Sampson Lewis-Low founded Surbiton MYC in 1893 and by the late 1920’s three clubs used the lake. Yachting Monthly 6 metres Owners Association was founded in 1924 and their headquarters moved the Rick Pond in 1929 and a boat house was built. They were joined by, and eventually merged with a South London club. There was also a Surbiton Club.  In 1930 a clubhouse was built with various facilities including gas lighting.  There was also a shed for the South London club and a brick building on the other side of the lake for the Surbiton Club. In 1996 the rent was increased so the two clubs merged and the South London clubhouse demolished.
Course of Hampton Court water supply – this runs east/west across this section

Barge Walk
The Wilderness Parkfield. House
The Lodge
Shepherds Cottage
Ferry. There is a slip at the point to which the ferry from Kingston would have run

Sources
Hampton Court Model Yacht Club. Web site
Hampton Court Park. Web site

Riverside. West of the Tower and north of the river. Hampton Court Palace Golf Clubhouse



This post covers sites north of the river only. South of the river is Seething Wells

Post to the north Kingston Portsmouth Road and Hampton Court Park Rick Pond
Post to the south Long Ditton
Post to the west Thames Ditton




Hampton Court Park
Hampton Court Palace Golf Club House. The club dates from 1895 but until 2001 it was called Home Park Golf Club, It hasd hasd three 3 different clubhouses. One of which was destroyed by a fire in 1977. Remains of the old clubhouse can be found buried under the practice area Tthe most recent clubhouse, which stands tall in the middle of Home Park’s grounds has been built since 2001.

Riverside. west of the Tower and north of the river. Sunbury Kempton Park


Post to the north Kempton Park
Post to the east Portlane Bridge
Post to the south Sunbury Rivermead  and Apps Court


Batavia Road
The road was named for Batavia House which was built in the 17th and stood nearby. It was later replaced and subsequently demolished along with a large barn.
Strata House. Strata Technology dates from 1998, and was set up by people from BP’s Technical Services Division. They provide turnkey solutions to industry and academia for bespoke laboratory-scale equipment, skid mounted rigs and pilot plants for research and development.

Bowater Gardens
Built on the site of the Bowater White Lodge Works.

French Street
White Lodge Works. Bowater Packaging Ltd. Bowater’s were the major paper making multinational. A British based company they began to buy packaging firms from the 1950s to form a paper products division, partly based here. They are now based in the US. White Lodge works was originally built in 1964 for Autolex who had been on site previously and made aluminium foil ware and crimped paper cups.
White Lodge. - A house here which became the base for the factory, a garage and a cafe.
31 The Jockey. This pub is closed and demolished to be replaced with houses. This pub was apparently originally called Home. It had been renamed the Britannia by 1877. It was further renamed the Jockey in 1927


Kempton Park
This square covers only the southern section of the racecourse.
Kempton Park. This was parkland from the late middle ages, stocked with deer. Buildings were to the north of this square.  In 1876 it was sold to the company who built the racecourse.   In the Great War it was a transit depot for military vehicles. In the Second World War it was a camp for German and Italian Prisoners of War.
Racecourse. This was set up by Henry Hyde and the first ever race took place in 1878. In both World Wars racing was abandoned and the site was used for military purposes. Buildings associated with the racecourse are to the north west of this square.


Kenton Avenue
Named for Kenton Court which stood in this area


Kenton Court Meadow
This is a cricket ground set up in 1957.  In the 1970s County matches were played here.
Pavilion. This was opened by Len Hutton in 1959.
Sunbury Sports Association aka Sunbury Cricket Club. The club was founded in 1938 and initially played at the Cedars Recreation Ground moving to the London Irish Rugby Club ground in The Avenue. Later they bought Kenton Court Meadow with Hampton Hockey Club to form Sunbury Sports. This is now the Geoff Kaye Memorial Ground. Geoff and three school friends were founders of the Club and he served as an Officer of the Club until his death in 2004.
Sunbury Red Lions – this is a veterans’ hockey team which used to be associated with a now closed pub, called the Red Lion. Sunbury Hockey Club itself is now relocated elsewhere.
Sunbury Sports Bowls Club.  ‘The club was founded in the 1960’s when Sunbury Cricket Club was looking to increase its portfolio of sports here.


Lower Hampton Road
Sunbury Court Salvation Army Conference Centre.  This was built in 1723 by John Witt, before his marriage. The estate then extended to the banks of the River Thames and included the two islands. Witt was probably a retired master builder and sold the estate in 1735. In 1764 it was home to the 2nd Earl of Pomfret. From 1799 the estate had many owners in the 19th the Court was owned by William Harfield and survived a major fire. However Harfield built new wings, a library and a conference room. It later became the Sunbury Court Club and the Salvation Army purchased it in 1921 when it was empty and derelict. In the drawing room are frescos by Swedish Elias Martin. There is a hexagonal music salon, with a 3,000-piece crystal chandelier and there is also a curved main staircase. The Conference Room is where the first Salvation Army High Council gathered in 1929 and The Army's successive Generals have been elected here. The Army has used Sunbury Court as a gathering place, as an eventide home, a recreation and relaxation facility for soldiers, sailors and airmen, and a conference centre for torchbearers, home leaguers, youth leaders, local officers of various sections, and councils for staff and corps officers.
Tunnel Entrance. In the brick wall is the bricked up entrance to a tunnel built by Jack Needham, Lord Kilmorey in the 1860s.


Staines Road
White Lodge Garage, this was replaced by housing in 2001.
George Pub. This pub was present by 1769 and closed in 2008. It is now housing called ‘The Old George”.
Kenton House. This was a house and grounds which stood south of the road. The grounds are now the cricket club premises.

The Markway
This is a ditch which runs alongside the western boundary of Sunbury Court – and is continued northwards as the line of a suburban road. It may originate in ponds which once stood near what are now the racecourse grandstands

Sources
Grace’s Guide. Web site
Kempton Park Racecourse. Web site
Middlesex County Council. History of Middlesex
Pevsner. Surrey
Pub History. Web site
Salvation Army. Web site
Stevenson.  Surrey
Stratatec. Web site
Sunbury Cricket Club. Web site
Sunbury Sports Association. Web site
Walford. Village London  
Wikipedia. Bowater History. Web site

Monday, 26 September 2016

Riverside north of the river and west of the Tower. Sunbury Rivermead

This post shows sites north of the river only.  South is Apps Court

Post to the easy West Molesey
Post to the west Sunbury Riverside and Walton at Sunbury Lock
Post to the north Sunbury Kempton Park

French Street
The road name is said to relate to the settlement of French refugees here.
116 Beauclerc Infant and Nursery School. The current school is a local authority school federated with Chennistone school.
Beauclerc School. This was a private school present in 1906which appears to have been a girl’s boarding school in a ‘big’ house called Rippledene which was later demolished.  It appears to still be shown on maps into the late 1960s.  In the 1930s it seems to have been called Rippledene Girls School.


Old Rope Walk
This footpath runs from The Avenue diagonally to French Street, and follows the line of a brick wall. It is though rope making was an important industry here up until the mid 20th.

Rivermead Island
This publicly owned island is made up of meadow with trees, scrub, and reeds. There is a bridge to the main land and a fordable backwater separating it from the land. Swan's Rest to the north was originally a separate island but is now joined to Rivermead. The Island is now used by ‘wild’ swimmers.
Swimming pool. This was built by Sunbury Urban District Council in 1935.  This could not be heated and was demolished in the 1990s.


Swans Rest Island
Now part of Rivermead Island

Thames Street
Riverside Arts Centre. In the mid 19th this site was an orchard and in 1856 a building was erected for a local draper. It was later became a bank called Ashby Thomas and Co.  and in 1892 it was sold by its then owner, George Gurney, when it was Sunbury Bank.  In 1893 what was then no 59 was converted into The Assembly Rooms which included a small theatre.  There was also space for meetings and dances. It was also later used for auctions. In 1912 it had been converted into a cinema - Sunbury Picture Theatre. Fromm 1916 it was a printing works and then also as The Ewell Manufacturing Company which made metal foil laminated onto paper and used for packing tea and tobacco. In the Second World War the company made radar decoy strips which were designed to confuse radar signals. The company continued to use aluminium foil for packing after the War. In 1973 the widow of the remaining partner sold the premises to Sunbury Urban District Council and Sunbury and Shepperton Arts Association with the Shepperton Players applied to Spelthorne Council to take over the building. The first event was a Christmas Concert in 1977 and work progressed into turning the building into a fully functioning arts centre.
Berkeley Mews. This is on the site of Pomfret House. This is said to have been the home of Lord Pomfret – although the title died out in 1867. It appears latterly to be used for offices
George Wilson. Boat yard and boat hire
Monksbridge. This was previously called Thamesbank House. -Late 18th house with later extensions. It is in brown brick with pebbledash cladding and a three storey river front. It was built in 1760 and was later home to English painter Edwin Edwards who entertained artistic friends here. In the 1920s, the Prince of Wales reputedly visited the house frequently for a pre-Mrs Simpson girl friend.  In the 1950s it was Le Club de Clio frequented by the likes of Diana Dors. It was latterly the home of Dave Gilmour from Pink Floyd. The garden is described as ‘Sunbury’s premier’.
Castle Pub. This has ‘1640’ on the frontage, which may, or may not, be the date the pub was established. It was in pub use by 1759. It closed in 1956 and the premises are now an Indian restaurant.


Sources
Beauclerc and Chenniston Schools. Web site
British Listed Buildings. Web site
Francis Frith. Web site
Lower Sunbury Residents Association. Web site
Pub History. Web site
Riverside Arts Centre.  Web site
Sunbury Village Matters. Web site
Wikipedia. Rivermead Island, Web site