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Old September 2nd, 2017, 03:11 AM   #541
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As we reach the top of the hill the residential turns to a grand Regency terrace...


Golden hour on Richmond Hill terrace of houses by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Shadow cars by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

Facing a broad open terrace...


Richmond Hill by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Richmond Hill by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Richmond Hill / Petersham Hotel by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

Overlooking the only view in England to be protected by its own special act of parliament


Petersham Terrace by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Thames view from Richmond Hill by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


View from Richmond Hill by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

Note the deliciously excessive Victorian neo-Gothic of the Petersham Hotel, which I'll show closer up soon.
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Old September 2nd, 2017, 10:18 PM   #542
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I enjoy your thread very much, Steve!
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Old September 3rd, 2017, 06:09 PM   #543
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You capture Richmond really well, Steve. And there are some nice discoveries for me here too, like that St Elizabeth of Portugal church. That golden light is wonderful ... is it an effect of the end of a cold, clear winter day, I wonder?
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Old September 4th, 2017, 03:47 AM   #544
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Wonderful new set of photos!
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Old September 4th, 2017, 05:56 PM   #545
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Very nice picturesof Richmond!
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Old September 13th, 2017, 12:53 AM   #546
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cheers guys. Why Why, yes, that was winter

not much more Richmond left. can't decide what to do after that, do you want the logical continuation, which is a bit more-of-the-same, or a change of pace?

there's not much graf in Richmond, although I did notice the ever-prolific soir2, who we saw battering New Malden earlier, had passed by this bus stop


SOIR2 by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

besides that the only real outbreak of graf is on the railway, so i probably should have remembered to do this 'chapter' when i was at the station, nevermind

here are the trackside walls west of the station


EARO by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


LAGER / DEST / JOZE(?) by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


SLANG by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


JUS / HOMIE by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


VIDEO! by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


LUCK / PROMOE / KWITS / LAME by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


PROMOE by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


HOMIE by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


VIDEO! by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old September 13th, 2017, 12:57 AM   #547
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and here are the trackside walls to the east, heading towards central london.


Trackside graffiti by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


SOURZ by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


VIDEO! by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


SENT by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Trackside graffiti by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


HOMIE / TINO by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


PIES / DUGS by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


VIDEO! / FATE by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


ENVE / LAGER / SLANG by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


SOIR2 by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


TENSE / SWAG / ONUE by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


SOIR2 / HOMIE by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old September 14th, 2017, 02:29 AM   #548
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To wrap up Richmond, let's go back to Richmond Bridge and walk the riverbank, upstream.

Compared to the grand architectural 'set piece' of Richmond Riverside, the riverbank upstream is less built up, almost immediately assuming a more rural character.


Approaching Richmond Bridge by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

There are still buildings, but they're boathouses:


Richmond boathouses by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Richmond boathouses by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Richmond Canoe Club by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Petersham Road by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

There are these curious old tunnels under Petersham Road to the Terrace Gardens -


Subways to Terrace Gardens by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

but if we ignore them keep going, we reach Petersham Meadows, where cows graze...


Cows on Petersham Meadows by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

and we can look up to the grand buildings along Richmond Hill we saw earlier.


Richmond Hill from the river by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Richmond Hill from Petersham Meadows by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

On the far right of the pic above, the Petersham Hotel, the gothic spectacle I promised a closer look at.


The Petersham Hotel by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


The Petersham Hotel by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Petersham Hotel by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old September 15th, 2017, 02:30 AM   #549
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nice shots, pleasing to the sight.
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Old January 13th, 2018, 01:24 AM   #550
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HAM & PETERSHAM
• LONDON BOROUGH OF RICHMOND • TW10 • ZONE ?
• 9.3 MILES (15.0 KM) SW OF CHARING CROSS
• HAM AND PETERSHAM ON WIKIPEDIA




Having walked from Richmond down Petersham Road then across Petersham Meadows and past the Petersham Hotel, you could be forgiven for thinking we're not really in Richmond anymore; you might even dare to speculate that we are, perhaps, in Petersham. You'd be right.

That big yellow terrace at the top of Richmond Hill is distant now.


Thames at Petersham by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

And with your company being the aforementioned grazing cows, plus fishermen, rowers going past, and riverside herons ignoring the Heathrow flightpath overhead...


Regatta at Petersham Meadows by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Heron by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

...you don't feel like you're in a city anymore.

Indeed, if Richmond is a bit like a country town existing in a semi-'independent' bubble within London, Ham is bit like a country village floating within the metropolis, and Petersham is like an even smaller village within the village.

In some ways you could almost mistake this chapter of this thread for an update in my West Country thread, because of the "cottage"-scale and nature of most of the architecture and development here. An aspect bolstered by the fact there's no station here. No tube, train, tram, nada. On a public transport accessibility map of London, this area gets the lowest possible rating.

On travel-type forums, I sometimes wonder whether to recommend it to visitors seeking "hidden gems", because its combination of beautiful buildings with its little-known/little-visited/little-transport-linked obscurity do rather fit the bill. But I rarely do, because honestly, if you're not genuinely nerd-level about differentiating eras of vernacular residential architecture, etc, there's nothing to 'do' here, nothing to buy... perhaps cynically, I rather doubt the average tourist, even one who proclaims to want a hidden gem, would find the entertainment worth the travel time. I hope, however, it is certainly worth the thread-viewing time.

From the riverside, cut past the eponymous church and churchyard, or down a wooded path:


St Peter's Church by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Petersham churchyard by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Footpath by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

...and we emerge at the northern corner of Petersham, where a collection of fine Georgian houses cluster around a sharp bend in the road down to Kingston (visited on page 15).


Petersham by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Georgian Petersham by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Georgian Petersham by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

Let's walk past the Dysart (a fancy restaurant)...


The Dysart by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

...to the bottom of the slope of Petersham park...


Petersham Park by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Petersham Park by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

If we scale this hill we get a nice little view over this Georgian corner...


Overlooking Petersham by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


View from Petersham Park by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

...but here we are essentially straying into Richmond Park, which awaits its own future chapter. So let's head back down and look around the rest of the village.
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Where are those ugly buildings seen on the last two pictures? And are there plans to demolish them?
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Old January 13th, 2018, 01:56 AM   #552
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Council housing towers, I'm not sure exactly where, I think Hounslow. Not that I know of
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Old January 13th, 2018, 01:58 AM   #553
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The Victorian former All Saints Church, since deconsecrated and now a private house.


All Saints, Petersham (wide angle) by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


All Saints, Petersham (wide angle) by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


All Saints, Petersham (wide angle) by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


All Saints Church hall by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


All Saints, Petersham by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


All Saints, Petersham by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

A handful more general Petersham shots: the pub, a former gatehouse entrance to Ham House (forthcoming), now the entrance to a German School, and some nice cottages.


The Fox and Duck by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


German School by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Sudbrook Lane by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 13th, 2018, 03:24 AM   #554
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Down Petersham Road...


Petersham Road, Ham by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

to the New Inn, which stands at the eastern corner of the roughly triangular Ham Common.


The New Inn by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Ham Common by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

Some properties on the eastern side of Ham Common, between the New Inn and another pub called The Hand and Flower.


Ham Gate Avenue by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Ham Gate Avenue by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Ham Gate Avenue by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Ham Farm Road by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Upper Ham Street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


The Hand and Flower by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Along the western side of the triangle.


Ham Common by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Ham Street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Ham Hospital by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Ham Street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Ham Street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Ham Street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Gordon House by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Ham Street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 13th, 2018, 03:35 AM   #556
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In this corner we find a pond, and the 'village' feel is at its maximum!


Ham Common by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Reflections in Ham Common pond (3) by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Reflections in Ham Common pond (4) by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Reflections on Ham Common pond (2) by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Ham Common pond by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Ham Common by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Long dawn shadows on Ham Common by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

With some extremely nice houses/cottages on the northern side of the green triangle.


Purple flowers on a white house by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Period house on Ham Common by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Ham Common by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Lovely cottage on Ham Common by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Tha ks for resurrecting this thread too Steve.I had wondered if you were going to go to Ham. It's a real hidden gem of a place with an extremely interesting history. Some of the houses here are enormous (and that's before you've got to Ham House) and it really can feel like a village. The notable thing about this place is the large German community that live around here (due to the German school shown in your pictures). The one thing that let's the area down is Petersham road which has a permanent stream of heavy traffic passing through. It reminds you that you're still in London!
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Great pictures. How do I miss London. It’s never same here in Dubai.
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Lovely images from the borough of Richmond. In some ways the best of both worlds: big city living, but completely out of it at the same time.
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Ham and Petersham looks very nice, thanks for sharing!
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