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 west Ham Lands and Teddington Lock and Post to the west Teddington

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

Sunday, 25 September 2016

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

This post has sites north of the river only. South of the river is Walton at Sunbury Lock

Post to the south Wheatley's Ait and Walton Waterside
Post to the east Apps Court and Sunbury Rivermead

Anvil Road
This was previously called Cemetery Road. Anvil Road appears to have been laid out in the 1970s on land used as a caravan site and associated areas. Housing is planned for the site.
Sunbury Old Cemetery. This was apparently opened in 1855 by public subscription and was followed by the closure of the Churchyard as a burial ground.

Church Street
Old Vicarage. 18th house – of which some part might date from the reconstruction of the building in the late 17th. This building was sold in the 1920s and a new vicarage built elsewhere,
St.Mary’s Church. The parish church was built in 1752 to replace a medieval church on the same site which was demolished partly because it was too small for the population. The new brick building was funded by subscriptions from parishioners and was designed by Stephen Wright, as a plain brick building With a  square tower, the upper part of which remains, the roof surmounted by a large octagonal cupola. In 1857 when the church again was thought to be too small S. S. Teulon added a new chancel was built, with a south chapel, plus Extensions and staircases to new galleries. A great deal of decoration with multicoloured brick and filled stone tracery was added. The Gothic porch was added which has since been removed and there were other changes in 1972 following a period of disuse. The bells originate with three bells cast in 1755 at the Whitechapel Foundry. They have been renovated and added to since.
Churchyard. This was in use until 1876 when the Old Cemetery was opened. A yew tree is believed to have been planted in 1752.
Brewery – in the late 19th this stood between Church Villa and the Church.
Holly Close, This appears to be on the site of Church Villas. Sunbury Urban District Council was formed in 1894 and by 1895 had leased Church Villa and used it as offices until 1930.havimg bought it outright in 1929.  It was then used as a fire station until the 1960s.
Fire station. This was built before 1934 and there was a new larger station at rear of same plot by 1958.   This was built before the Greater London Council took over from Middlesex Fire Brigade in 1965

Croysdale Avenue
The Hazelwood Centre is built on the site of the demolished Hazelwood Golf Club. It is now the administration and training base of the London Irish Professional Club and is also the base of the London Irish Amateur Club. It is four times the size of the clubs previous training facility with 17 pitches, five full-size pitches, one of which is an artificial 4G surface, and 12 junior pitches. There is a clubhouse which includes elite equipment required for a professional rugby team.
Hazelwood Golf Centre. This was a 9 hole, private, parkland golf course designed by J. Gaunt.  There was also a floodlit driving range with full clubhouse facilities including bar/restaurant and a function room for hire and a shop.

Fordbridge Road
Sunbury House. This faced the river from the north side of the road. It is thought to have been built in 1712 for Sir Roger Hudson and designed by Thomas Fort. It was of three stories connected by curved passages to pavilions at each end. It was demolished before 1912.

Forge Lane
Once called Cemetery Lane
Page Aerospace Works. This was part of UTC Aerospace Systems, a suppliers of aerospace and defence products. This site appears to have closed in early 2015
Sunbury Gas Works. This works had no rail or water connection. It opened around 1861 as Sunbury Gas Consumers Co. Which eventually became a statutory company in 1887. It was taken over by the Brentford Gas Co. in 1915 when it has an annual output of 36 million cubic feet of gas.  There were two gasholders on site which were latterly filled from the district mains at night. They were still extant in the 1960s, although one may have been replaced in this period, by which time the works was part of North Thames Gas.

Green Street
80 Hawke House, This is an 18th house commissioned by Lord Admiral Hawke , First Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty and Rear Admiral of Great Britain." ,and where he lived in retirement. Its wings have been converted into Berwick House and Portland House. The block was built in 1703 and probably replaced an earlier house. During the Second World War it was used as the local food office and then became the local headquarters of the Women's Voluntary Service, and later a guest house. In the 1970s it became offices a new northern wing was built. In 2006 it was converted into three houses.
Conservative Club. This dates from the early 20th. It has a low-rise single-storey club budding fir snooker tournaments, separate meeting areas as well as a large bar. It has no links to the Conservative party
81 Admiral Hawke pub. This was set up in 1862 as the Railway Arms. It was renamed the Admiral Hawke Tavern in 1965.
35 Three Fishes. This pub was established by 1665. It is a Timber framed building with a weatherboard gable end.
Parish Hall. This has over the door “1892 In Memoriam 1899”. It is not clear what this refers to but records for maintenance of ‘Parish Rooms’ start in 1899.

Green Way
Was Gravel Pit lane
Sunbury Cemetery. This is Sunbury New Cemetery which dates from 1900. There are 36 war graves noted.

School Walk
School. At some time before 1700 where had been donations for the education of poor children of the parish. In 1818 the Free or Charity School appears to have been financed from this fund. From 1815 it was a National School and in 1826 a new National school was built on glebe land in School Walk taking both boys and girls. By 1847 there was also an infants' school.  It became known as St. Mary's or Lower Sunbury School and was transferred to the county council in 1919 and closed in 1924. Before the 1950s the buildings were sold the Scouts and Guide Associations.
Scouts hall – used by 1st Sunbury Scouts Group
School House. This is now a care home.

Sunbury Park
Sunbury Park house. A Tudor Manor House was built here for am Elizabethan courtier and there is an illustration of this from 1714. In 1851 the Arden family built a large house, which was demolished in 1946.  Some of the house can be seen in the wild garden to the west of the car park. In 1975 Surrey County Council bought the site and it was later leased to Spelthorne Council.
The Walled Garden. This was built in the early 18th and has recently been restored by Spelthorne Council.
The Lendy Memorial is in the centre of the walled garden. It is a re-creation of structure - the original lion on a new plinth - which stood on the riverside here but which was destroyed during the Second World War. It commemorates the lives of the two sons of the French-born Major Auguste Frederic Lendy a royalist who settled here and ran a "Practical Military College"
Sunbury Millennium Embroidery Gallery, this houses the Millennium Embroidery which was completed in 2000. There is a cafe n the gallery building, which is designed to look like a boat

Thames Street
This was once called Sunbury Street.
69 The White Horse. 19th brick corner pub with emphasis given to the corner chimney feature. The pub is first mentioned in 1729 and claimed to be the oldest established alehouse in Sunbury - if you exclude inns like the Three Fishes. There is a Courage gold cockerel mounted above the hanging sign
The Phoenix. Pub established by 1846. Stoner Cottage is to the  right. There are four first floor windows two of which are fake with painted bars. It is suggested that an earlier alehouse here, the pub Incorporated Stoner Cottage by 1935 and you can see the two premises visible in the cellars and steps from the cellar of Stoner Cottage emerge in the bar.
64 Magpie Hotel. This pub was established before 1729 and was rebuilt in 1880
Flower Pot Hotel. 19th pub with a porch. Inside is a parliamentary clock. The building is said to date from before 1714..
Lendy Place. New gated development built on the site of the Metropolitan Police Cadet Training Centre. This was on the site of Montford House.
Sunbury Nursing Home, this was opened by Marian Blarney in 1932 as West Lodge Nursing Home and also included Weir Lodge and Montford House. The home was later run by her grandsons and they built Marian House in 1962. Hayward Hall was also built in 1991 as staff accommodation and names after one of the employees. It continues to be run by Marian’s great grandchildren.
Weir House. This is part of Sunbury Nursing Homes. It has been modernised for the needs of a nursing home but many original features have been retained – rooms have been used for filming and are available to hire. The Nursing Home was opened by Marian Blarney in 1932 as West Lodge Nursing Home. Weir House was bought in 1941

The Avenue
This runs along an old track which was the boundary between Sunbury and Kempton.

British History Online. Sunbury. Web site
British Listed Buildings. Web site
Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Web site
Firestations. Web site
London Irish Rugby Club. Web site
London Metropolitan Archive. Web site.
Middlesex Churches
Pevsner. Surrey
Pub History. Web site
Spelthorne Council. Web site
Stevenson. Surrey
Stewart. Gas works of the North Thames Area
St.Mary’s Church. Web site
Sunbury Conservative Club. Web site
UTC Web site

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Riverside west of the Tower and north of the river. Walton Bridge Road

This post covers sites to the north of the river only. South of the river is Walton Bridge

Posts to the west Desborough Island and Lower Halliford
Post to the north Lower Halliford

Bishop Duppa’s Park
Bishop Duppa’s Bowling Club Green and Clubhouse
Pavilion – this is in use by Jollies Nursery

Felix Lane
This is thought to be the remains of a medieval road going to Walton Ferry. It is in a zone liable to flood.
Shepperton Marina. This is a family business set up in the 1980s on an old gravel extraction site.

Penny Lane
This is an area of plotland developments. A number of lanes go down to the riverside through sites. On the corner of the northernmost bend a site, is called St. George’s Field, with a building called St.George’s and two ‘open barn like’ buildings adjacent.
Training Ship Black Swan, Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets. S Black Swan dates back to 1943 and now had a ship’s company and junior section.  The unit has three Rowing Trinity 500's, several power vessels including a Viking, Dories, Champ, Whaly and much else. It is based on the riverside at the eastern end of Penny Lane.
Marina Cut Bridge

River Ash Estate
River Ash Estate. The estate is bisected by the boundary between Elmbridge Borough Council and Spelthorne Borough Councils. The boundary appears to follow a historic route largely mirroring the alignment of a backwater of the River Thames. This means that although it is north of the river it is part of Walton on Thames. This may be another plotland development.
Menagerie – a Captain Sarll had a private menagerie here in the 1930s. In 1933 he was convicted of animal cruelty and neglect when animals were found dead. He is said to have sometimes lived in a caravan on site.

Walton Yacht and Launch Works. This was founded by C.W.Burnard – presumably in the 1930s. Numerous boats were built there many of which are now preserved historic vessels – like Nyula and Hilfranor. They had two big building sheds and slipways so that there were always at least two big launches under construction. In 1940 they were building craft which included 60-foot motor torpedo boats, 55-foot air sea rescue launches and 45-foot admiralty launches right down to 30-foot police boats.”

Swan Walk
This is a ‘private’ gated road. It appears to be on the site of the Walton Yacht and Launch works.

Thames Meadow
Another ‘private’ road going down to riverside housing, on a possible plotland development,

Walton Bridge Road
Coal post. This was south east of the river on the north east side of the old bridge. Not clear where it is now.

Walton Lane
Bagster House Institute and Club, This was set up in 1946 in Shepperton High Street. In 1982 a new Bagster House Club was built here. The policy was to be a family club.

Windmill Green
This is named for a windmill built in Halliford manor in 1381 or 1382 and existed for at least 20 years

Bishop Duppa’s Bowling Club. Web site
Jollies Nursery. Web site
Mort’s Riverwatch. Web site
Perth Daily News 1933
Spelthorne Council. Web site
Surrey County Council. Web site

Friday, 23 September 2016

Riverside west of the Tower, north bank. Lower Halliford

This posting shows only sites to the south of the river. North of the river is Desborough Island

Post to the west is Old Shepperton
Post to the north Shepperton
Post to the east is Walton Bridge Road and Walton Bridge

Las Palmas Estate
This is a ‘private’ area of countryside and riverside houses. This is said to be low rise chalet-style known as Las Palmas Estate, named after the land said to have once belonged to the Spanish Ambassador.

Russell Road
This is the old main road from London into Shepperton
Lower Halliford Green is a grassy area which at one included a cattle pond. It was excluded from the enclosure of 1842 and 1862 as common land. The open space extends into Bishop Duppa's Park.
The Old Manor House. House from the 18th with 19th extensions. The brick front is colour washed stucco. It is thought that this stands of the site of the late 13th manorial buildings which were rebuilt in 1375-6.  It was divided into three dwellings in 1981. In the 16th and 17th Halliford Manor was held by the Crown
Battlecrease Hall. 18th house with 19th front in red and brown brick refronted in yellow brick. It has a brick front wall and railings and a central gate with a scrolled decoration. It fronts the north side of Lower Halliford Green and was once the home of the writer Rider Haggard. There is a mulberry tree in the garden said to be 17th. There are various stories about Cavaliers imprisoned in the cellars during the Civil War and it is also said to be yet another home for Emma Hamilton.  Rider Haggard, the writer, really did own the house buying it for his sisters.  In the interwar years this was a care hone for the rich and was then home to the Commander-in-Chief at the RAF. In the early 1980s, Walter Hayes the former Vice-President of Ford and later Chairman of Aston Martin lived here.
Duppas Farm, This was a dairy farm.
River Farm Hotel. This was on the corner of Manygate Lane in the 1960s. The site is now flats.
Red Lion. The oldest part of the pub lies back from the road and is the ‘Snug’. This was the building occupied by licensee, Robert Reed, in the late 1720s. After the arrival of the railway in 1864 riverside pubs were very busy and here the Shepperton & Halliford Regatta took place in front of the pub largely because of the influence of the landlord. In the 1950s the pub took over Eyot Cottage, which was used by the Rosewell/Rixon boating business, which let out boats and operated a ferry.
Ship Hotel. Demolished. Also called Harrison’s Hotel. It dates probably from the 1720s and had been rebuilt in 1937
Halliford School. This is a selective private school for boys, which admits girls into its sixth form. The building facing the road is a late 18th house Saud to be yet somewhere else that Nelson’s Emma lived. There are a number of additions at the back
Riverbend House. House dated 1793 with 19th and 20th windows.
Clonskeagh. Early 18th house which was refronted in stucco in the early 19th
Vine Cottage. This was home to George Meredith for a while
Thamesfield House.  This is an 18th brick house and adjoining are the stable block and coach houses, now also converted to housing.
Crown Hotel. This pub was established before 1727 in Chertsey Road. It was rebuilt here in 1866, possibly following a fire. It closed in the late-1980s and is now an Indian restaurant.
Dawson Hall. 1st Shepperton girl guiding

Sandhills Meadow
This is in an area frequently flooded. There is some riverside housing, some of which may have been plotland developments.
Thames Boat House. Walton Marine. Boat sales, etc.
Gibbs Boatyard and Chandlery

Thames Meadow
Riverside housing, prone to flooding

Walton Lane
This was originally called Windmill Lane
Poet’s Cottage. Named after the poet Shelley who it is said once lived there.
Peacock House and Elmbank, two early 19th houses joined by a corridor and now divided again. The poet and novelist Thomas Love Peacock apparently lived at Elmbank from 1832 to 1866.
Dunally House and Dunally Lodge together formed a single late 18th stuccoed dwelling, later extended and divided. This was named after a local landowner and Dunally House was known as the manor for a period from 1832.
Walton Lane Farm
Bishop Duppa's Recreation Ground. This was previously part of Lower Halliford Common and partly owned by the Old Manor House. Brian Duppa was the Bishop of Winchester, in the early 17th owned the waterside meadows adjoining to the south. The park is largely a sports area laid out with football pitches and other sporting areas.

British History Online. Spelthorne. Web site
British Listed Buildings. Web site
English Heritage. Web site
Pub History.  Web site
Spelthorne Council. Web site
Village Matters. Web site
Wikipedia. Shepperton. Web site

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Riverside west of the Tower and north of the river. Old Shepperton

Post to the east Desborough Island and Lower Halliford
Post to the south Weybridge Palace and River
Post to the west Shepperton Range

Cemetery Lane
Shepperton New Cemetery

Chertsey Road
Halliford Mere Lakes. This is an old gravel extraction site worked out in the 1950s and turned into a fishing lake in 1986. It has four spring fed lakes. It also has a posh restaurant, specialising in funeral receptions, and wild life areas.
Creek House. 19th House. Has been home to various show bizzy people.  To the rear are lawns going down to the Creek
Mill Eyot. House built around 1850
Little Cottage. 18th house
Millbrook Lodge. Early 19th building originally the stable block to Millbrook House. It was converted in the 1932 by Colonel Smith, and after it was used as a club
Millbrook House. This 18th house is one of the most prominent houses in the village.  Its top storey was removed some time after 1930 but has been restored and the ornamental gardens surrounding it have gone. It is now partially in use by a joinery. In the 19th this was the home of the Governor of the Bank of England.
Castello. This was the Rose and Crown Pub
Winches Cottage. This is a 16th or 17th house once called Ivy Cottages

Church Square
Warren Lodge Hotel. This was originally a private house from around 1700.It may originally have been a fishing lodge with links to Emma Hamilton.  In the garden is a mulberry tree said to have been planted to please, Cardinal Wolsey. The house eventually became a pub and then enlarged into a hotel in the 1960s to serve the nearby film industry
Anchor Hotel. This is said to have once been a coaching inn and that it originated in the 16th as a timber framed building. This was replaced in the 1800s in brick – although some panelling may remain from the original building. Panelling in the Disraeli Room came from the hone of, Benjamin Disraeli.
Erasmus House. This was the rectory. It is a timber framed house from the 15th refronted around 1700 and clad in the front with mathematical tiles. Inside is a hall house said to date from 1498. Neo-Georgian garage in the front garden.
St. Nicholas.  The church has been on site since the 7th century controlled by Chertsey Abbey. A stone church was built here in 12th and was again rebuilt in 1614 following floods. The tower was added, apparently at the suggestion of Queen Anne. The church is in brick with stone and flint rubble. There are six bells in the tower and a clock from 1769. There is an external staircase going to the gallery from 1834 and another going to the Manor House Gallery so the Lord of the Manor didn’t have to sit with his tenants.  Vestries were added in 1934. There are 19th "box pews" and Hanoverian Royal Arms,
King’s Head. Early 19th pub
Sign saying 'Square handed to the people of Shepperton in 1979'

This stretch of water seems to be called Millbrook Creek and is either an inlet of the Thames or is drainage water from the surrounding flooded and marshy area. There is said to have been a water mill here until the mid 19th – and this implies that there must have been enough flow to drive a mill wheel.

Ferry Lane
This road was built in the 1860s by the parish to access the horse ferry at the lock which had then been given rights to transport passengers
Desborough Sailing club. This has a clubhouse overlooking the river.
Shepperton Open Water Swim. This is a facility for swimming in, presumably, a whole large lake. Also presume the ‘lake’ is another flooded gravel extraction site – on maps from the 19th it appears as marshland and later as an unexplained space.
Nauticalia. This large marine stores took over the Dunton boatyard in 1986.  They began in 1974, as a floating marine antiques shop in a converted rubbish barge. They also began to manufacture replica marine items. They next began to make and sell items of practical marine use.  They now have a chain of stores and an export business,
Ferry – this is now undertaken by Nauticalia and is a service which has been here for 500 years. A ferry is recorded for Shepperton Manor in the 14th downriver between the old centre of Shepperton and what is now Desborough Island. When Shepperton Lock opened in 1813 the lock keeper began a service to ferry the boat horses over the River. Despite complaints from the older ferry this continued for horses only. Eventually it was agreed in the 1860s to allow passengers and a road was built to access it. It then operated until the 1960s. Nauticalia now run a ferry every 15 minutes on request
Dunton Boatyard. This was by the local and ferry from the 1920s and also operated the ferry as well as offering boat hire and a riverside café,

Manor House Court
Manor House built around 1820; said to have been for a James Scott. There is now a 20th entrance. It can only be seen from the river as a large white building surrounded by a fenced lawn. Said to be where George Eliot, wrote Scenes of Clerical Life
Stable block now turned into housing.

Manor Park
Park which hosts Shepperton Cricket Club and annual Shepperton Fair. It is flat naturally well-drained seasonal flood meadow.
Shepperton Cricket Club.
This was founded in 1883 and a Ladies Club founded in 1979. They have signed a lease to remain in Manor Park until 2032 having moved rhere in 1929. The old club house has been replaced by a new pavilion funded by the English Cricket Board It includes a bar and a hall. The club has a junior section with a manager and a coach. There is also an under-8s section, three men's teams and two ladies
War Close. The Park appears to include War Close.This is an area, once a field attached to the manor, with tumuli and other features which have yielded Saxon and other signs of conflict. It apparently includes a Saxon burial site.

Renfree Way
This is part of the A375 and appears to act as a bypass to the older part of Shepperton.  It appears to have been built after 1975.

Thames Court Pub. This claims to have been a private residence for the Dutch Ambassador and to still have hand painted Delft tiling and oak panelling In the 50s it was a private members club.
Weir Cottage – this may be the house which is now the pub. The resident, and possibly builder, was William Yates of the Blackburn engineering firm Yates and Thom – but William was more interested in sailing and thus lived in Shepperton.  He was also a collector of curios from round the world.  A later more aristocratic resident appears to have been one of a family actively involved with the British Union of Fascists.

British Listed Buildings. Web site
Desborough Sailing Club. Web site
Grace’s Guide. Web site
Halliford Mere. Web site
Historic England. Web site
Middlesex Churches
Nauticalia. Web site
Pevsner. Surrey
Shepperton Cricket Club. Facebook page.
Shepperton Open Water Swimming. Web site
Shepperton Village Matters. Web site
Spelthorne Council. Web site
Stevenson. Surrey
Thames Court Pub. Web site
Walford. Village London
Warren Hotels. Web site`

Monday, 19 September 2016

Riverside west of the Tower and north bank. Shepperton Range

This post covers sites north of the river only. South of the river is Chertsey Meads

Post to the west Chertsey Bridge and Chertsey Bridge north
Post to the south Hamm Court
Post to the east Old Shepperton

Chertsey Road
Landfill site in Ballast pit to the north dug pre-1930s
Riverscroft . This is a waste disposal and recycling site operated by French owned SITA. In the 1930s this was a milk business and a jersey herd of cattle was kept there.
Riversleigh Farm
The Tower House. This appears to be an early 19th house, with no sign of a tower, but the estate agents brochure for its recent sale gives no indication of its date.  It also says that the house carries with it the title of ‘Lord of the Manor of Shepperton’ – with no indication as to why this should be. There is also said to be a stretch of Rennie’s London Bridge in the grounds.
Manor Farm.  This farm was attached to the Manor of Shepperton and was sold with it in 1867.
Waymeadows Business Centre. Small trading estate, largely catering to the motor trade. This site is on one of several parallel plots laid out as housing before the Second World War.
Mead Farm. Farm area given over to various motor sales businesses.

Dockett Eddy Lane
The name may be a corruption of ‘Dog Ait Lane’ since this is where it leads to, near Shepperton Lock.
Paxmead. This is a boating centre owned by Girl Guiding Surrey West.  It dates from the early 1970s
Moorings – these are public moorings for stays of 24 hours or less.

A ryepeck is a pole used to mark the ends of a punt race course. The Ryepeck is an adjacent house here.
Ryepeck Meadow Moorings – these are residential moorings managed by Nauticalia.

Sheep Walk
This is said to be one of older lanes of the area and may date to the medieval period and was perhaps on a low-lying meadows providing grazing for sheep which produced the Middlesex wool. It is now a wide mainish road eventually crossing the M3
Showman’s over wintering site

Shepperton Range
Shepperton Range is the name for a wide expanse of riverside land  between Shepperton and Chertsey.  Anglo Saxon graves have been discovered here. In 1846 it is described as a ‘flat blowy spot’ with many wild flowers. In the early 19th it was used for many prize fighting contests and in the early 20th was laid out as a rifle range.  There are several buildings in the neighbourhood which are named for it – ‘Range villas’. ‘The range’ and so on. In the 1960s a Range Farm has a piggery here.

British History Online. Shepperton. Web site
Churchods. Web site
Jackson Stops. Web site
National Archive. Web site
Paxmead Centre. Web site
SITA Web site
The Gazette
Wikipedia. Web site as appropriate 

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Riverside, north of the river and west of the Tower. Chertsey Bridge north

This post covers sites north of the river only.  South of the river is Chertsey Bridge

Post to the north Laleham Littleton Lane Quarry and Chertsey Abbey Chase
Post to the east Chertsey Meads and Shepperton Range

Chertsey Bridge Road
Coal tax post. This is sited at the south end of the bridge on the downstream side
Dumsey Meadow Recreation Ground. This is a small area of open unimproved Thameside meadow lying in a bend of the River Thames – and the only such piece unfenced by the river remaining below Caversham. It is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is home to some rare plants and insects. Historically the name is noted as "Dumsea Bushes", "Dumsea Corner" and "Dumsea Deep" which may refer to a clump of willows. It is grazed by cattle and ponies and is used by anglers and wild swimmers.
The Kingfisher. This pub was once known as The Lock, and also as The Lock Haven. It dates from 1999 and is an entirely modern building

Old Littleton Lane
Old Littleton Lane is the old alignment of Littleton Lane, which was truncated when the M3 was built
Littleton Lane Traveller site owned by Surrey County Council and has ten permanent pitches for gypsy and traveller families
Lake – flooded gravel pit. This fringed by grazing land on which the residents of the traveller site keep horses. It is designated a local Site of Nature Conservation Importance.

Thames Side
Chertsey Lock Keepers Cottage.  This was built in 1812 when the lock was constructed.  It may have also functioned as a tollhouse, collecting a levy from boats transporting goods along the river. Because of problems with disability access in 1982 a new house for the lock keeper was built alongside. The old building was then sold
Coal tax post. East side of Thames side
Coal tax post. East side of the road outside 242
Abbeyfields Park. Small estate of park – ‘mobile’ homes.

Chertsey Society. Web site
Coal tax posts. Web site
Kingfisher. Web site
Pub history. Web site
Spelthorne Council. Web site
Surrey County Council. Web site
Wikipedia. As appropriate

Riverside west of the Tower, north of the river. Laleham Littleton Lane Quarry

This posting relates to sites north of the river only. South of the river is Chertsey Abbey Chase

Post to the north Laleham
Post to the west Chertsey Abbey
Post to the south Chertsey Bridge and Chertsey Bridge North

Laleham Park
Sports Ground

Littleton Lane Quarry
Shepperton Aggregates. Littleton Lane Quarry and Landfill. This is a lake formed by historical gravel working and used since the mid 1970s for the disposal of silt arising from the processing of minerals.

Laleham Camping Club. 80 pitch camp site run by volunteers
Surrey Canoe Club. This is a facility for training young people and set up Albert Donovan who remains as one of the coaches.
Spelthorne Waterski Club

Laleham Camping Club. Web site
Spelthorne Council. Web site
Surrey Canoe Club. Web site

Riverside west of the Tower and north of the river. Laleham

Post to the west Laleham Thameside and Laleham Burway
Post to the south Chertsey Abbey Chase and Laleham Littleton Lane Quarry
Post to the east Shepperton Studios

Abbey Drive
The gates of Laleham Abbey
Coverts. It is a an early 18th house with battlements
The Thatched Cottage. This is a cottage orne built around the same time as Laleham House for which it was the lodge. It has ornate barge boards, a thatched roof and veranda supported on rustic posts, ornamental chimney stacks and cast iron windows with a lattice design.
Laleham House. This was called Laleham Park, and later Laleham Abbey and was the home of the Lucan family. It was built by John Buonarotti Papworth in 1805 for the Richard Bingham, 2nd Earl of Lucan. He later rented it to Queen Maria II exiled queen of Portugal from 1829. It was later altered to add stables and a farm by Papworth for Bingham, the 3rd Earl of Lucan (1800-1888), who re-engaged John Buanarotti Papworth to complete further alterations including new stables and a farm for George Bingham, the 3rd Earl – he is the one who caused the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimea. The 4th Earl Charles Bingham had lifestyle that his income could not support and sold large portions of the estate. In 1915 George Bingham, the 5th Earl rented the house to the Grand Duke Michael of Russia. The House was sold to Lord Churston in 1928. After the death of Lord Churston the house was used by nuns of the Sisters of St Peter the Apostle, Westminster who used it for a convent school. It was bought by a property developer and converted into flats in 1981.
Laleham Park. Laleham House stands in 83 acres of parkland with many specimen and other trees

Blacksmiths Lane
This was once called Church Lane
Coachman’s Cottage. This is a red-brick 19th building which was once a coach house with living quarters above.
Laleham Cottage. This was built as the head-gardener's house for the High Elms Estate
Perry’s Cottage. These were the two under-gardeners' cottages for the High Elms Estate
The Old Forge built for the High Elms Estate
Forge Cottage built for the High Elms Estate
Plane Tree. This was part of the High Elms estate and housed the estate stables and the laundry
High Elms. It is a villa dated from about 1820. The original estate stretched from Blacksmith's Lane to Beech Tree Lane.

War Memorial. This commemorates villagers who died in the two World Wars. The Second World War extension was unveiled in 1954. It has a brick and stone base holding a tapering shaft and cross with decorative carvings including a ram. There are names on three sides of the plinth.
All Saints Church. This has a 12th nave with clunch pillars and arcades which still remain. Despite its age Laleham church was a chapel of ease to Staines only becoming a parish in 1858.  There is a pre-reformation altar slab and some medieval graffiti. The tower was brick built in 1730 to replace a wooden steeple and was buttressed in the early 19th.  The clock dates from 1842.  There are 8 bells installed in 1951 by the Gillett & Johnson foundry of Croydon There are several Lucan family tombs and hatchments as well as a tablet to Matthew Arnold’s father. The red brick Lucan Chapel is on the north side.
Graveyard. The Lucan Memorial was used to bury the Earls of Lucan. There is the grave of Matthew Arnold, his wife and three of their sons.
Lych-gate. This is a memorial to a Mr Thornton of Vicarage Lane who died in 1908
Church Farm. It  is a 17th brick farmhouse with a central chimney and a living room on either side of it, It once housed the bailiff to the Lucan Estate and was sold by them in 1966.
Recreation Ground. The land for the recreation ground was given to the village by the 5th Earl of Lucan in 1922 and the pavilion is named Lucan Pavilion. The ground is home to a number of clubs. This includes the Staines Lammas Football club which was founded in 1926.Staines Hockey Club founded in 1890 and have used this site since 1961, the West Middlesex Scale Modellers, and the Laleham Football Club.
Parish Office and Heritage Centre
Laleham Church of England School. This was opened in 1865 on land given by the 3rd Earl of Lucan. A new junior school was built in the playground to the rear in 1959
Village Hall. The land for the hall and surrounding buildings was given to the village by the 4th Earl of Lucan in 1907 and the foundation stone laid by Lady Lucan in 1908. The hall is used by many local groups and was used by the Laleham Players 1940 -60s
Glebe House.  This was built in 1865 as the vicarage and it replaced Thomas Arnold's house and private school which were demolished in 1864, with the bricks being re-used in the new school. Glebe House is now a care home. Thomas Arnold moved here in 1820 as a partner in a new school and his young family, including his famous son Matthew, were born here.  He was later to become famous as the head and educational reformer at Rugby School.
Turks Head. The name of the pub may refer to the Turks Head knot, nut more romantically is thought to be abut soldiers brought bring dried heads as trophies from the crusades. The pub dates from around 1867.

Cedar Close
Named fort the adjacent cedar tree

Condor Road
This was formerly Cheese Lane. The road is said to have passed through the Osmandthorpe Estate

Ferry Lane
Daisy Field. This lay behind the walls in the road
Walls, parts of these walls are remains from the Lord of the Manor's estate which stretched to the riverside. The Lords of the Manor were the Lowther family, the Earls of Lonsdale. In 1803 the Manor, was bought by Lord Lucan.
White Gates. Care home
Muncaster House. This was earlier called Moorhayes House and is an 18th house. It was famous in the early 19th as the first preparatory school in the country; founded by the Rev. John Buckland when he and his brother-in-law, the Rev. Thomas Arnold, settled in Laleham to found a school – and later became famous as the head of Rugby School. The house later became a hotel and is now flats.

Shepperton Road
Thorobred Cars. These buildings have been a garage since the 1920s. Previously housed a bakery and a Post Office, There is workshop space behind originally stabling for a horse and cab service.
The Old Cottage. 18th
Dial House.  This house has a sundial dated 1730 which blocks one of its central windows.
Three Horseshoes. A building here is shown on a map of 1623, and part of the current pub is known to have been used as an inn in 1624. In the 18th it became part of the Manor of Laleham and was sold by auction in 1802.
Laleham Farm. The farm was owned by W.J.Lavender who rented it to Mr. Bransden although it was sold to an aggregates company in 1977. The Bransdon family continue to grow market garden crops and cut flowers there.  They won the English Nature Farming for Wildlife award in 2003 and have since planted a1km of new hedgerow, created a semi wet area and planted wild flower strips.  The farm is owned by Brett Aggregates Ltd and here has been much gravel extraction over 20 years. The farm had been progressively restored and In 2009 Brett Group was awarded the 20th anniversary award of the Mineral Products Association 40th Anniversary award for outstanding restoration at the Farm

Staines Road
This was once known as Love Lane’.
High Elms boundary wall
Cedar tree which gives Cedar Close its name.

Burway Rowing Club  Boathouse. This was originally Staines Town Rowing Club, which was in existence in as 1921 based at Tims opposite Church Island. In 1935 Tims moved and the club moved near to the Anglers Rest at Egham. In 1939 members left and the boat house fell into disrepair. After the war they hired a boathouse from Jack Harris of Laleham and in 1948 changed their name to Burway Rowing Club so as not to confuse with Staines Boat Club. In 1976 rent rises led them to leave their premises and Strodes College offered to house the boats, and club members worked hard to keep the Club alive. Eventually Spelthorne Borough Council  offered a piece of land near Laleham Park plus a loan of £5000, and the Sports Council offered a grant of £10 000. local Architect Bob Davies desinged a boathouse and rhe foundation stone was laid in 1979, with an upstairs extension added in 1992.

Vicarage Lane
Wall – there was once a high wall here which has been replaced by houses in the 20th. Peaches were grown against it and a vine which produced black grapes.
Old Farm. An early 19th remodelling of an early 18th core. Inside are older features.
Riverside. These are 18th with an older roof and it is thought this was a barn rebuilt

All Saints Church. Web site
British Listed Buildings. Web site
Burway Rowing Club. Web site
Historic England. Web site
House and Heritage. Web site
Imperial War Museum. Web site
Laleham Farm. Web site
Laleham Residents Association. Web site
Staines Hockey Club. Web site
Staines Lammas Football Club. Web site
West Middlesex Modellers. Web site

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Riverside north of the river and west of the Tower. Laleham Thameside

This post covers sites north of the river only. South of the river is Laleham Burway

Post to the north Penton Hook and Penton Hook Marina
Post to the south Chertsey Abbey
Post to the east Laleham

Thames Path
Laleham Wharf. This faced the river between Vicarage Lane and Blacksmith’s Lane and is marked by posts bearing the City of London Arms who had jurisdiction here from 1197.. Here  bundles of osiers from the opposite bank were unloaded before being barged to London furniture makers. Goods carried also included coal, timber, rushes grain, malt and slate.
Toll gate, which charged a penny toll.
The Greyhound public house. In the 18th this was used for meetings of the Court Leet,
The Barn. House by Sir Edward Maufe in 1909 for the musical comedy star Marie Studholme. It was named after one of her hit songs, "The Little Dutch Barn".
Osmanthorpe. Large house facing the river with an estate behind which reached to Ferry Lane. Home of Rear-Admiral Greville in the 19th. It is however still given as an address in 1942
Laleham Ferry. A slipway exists where the ferry once ran, and a ferry house once stood here. This was a pedestrian only ferry which was owned by Chertsey Abbey. The ferry was closed until the retirement of  ferryman George Knight in 1972, having begun in the mid-1930s. The ferry was mostly used by visitors to Laleham Golf Club.

Exploring Surrey’s Past. Web site
Tucker. Ferries of the Lower Thames