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Kingston, Teddington, Hampton Wick garden property

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Kingston upon Thames in West London is the oldest Royal borough in England, the coronation place of seven Anglo-Saxon kings. Richmond Park and Morden Hall Park are in the Borough.

For historical information on, see Muirhead's 1927 London Walks: From Richmond to Hampton Court, from which the following is taken:

As we leave Richmond Richmond Hill rises on the left, with its terrace-gardens and the Star and Garter Home for disabled soldiers. Farther on, to the left, lies Petersham, with its quaint red-brick church. Opposite Hammerton's Ferry we catch a glimpse through the trees of Ham House, a fine red-brick mansion close to the river. Meanwhile, on the Middlesex bank, we are passing Twickenham, with its succession of historic riverside mansions (in summer mostly hidden by the trees): Marble Hill, in a public park (15 miles), Orleans House, and York House. Opposite the picturesque village is Eel-Pie Island (inn), a popular resort of boating parties. A little farther on (16 miles) rises 'Pope's Villa', in a Chinese-Gothic style; then, after another ½ miles, comes Strawberry Hill, in a secluded park about 300 yards from the river. To the right lies Teddington, with a lock and a footbridge across the river (17 miles; 40 minutes from Richmond). Another pleasant reach, with pretty bungalows on the right and Canbury Gardens on the left, farther on, brings us to (18 miles) a railway bridge (Southern Railway) and to Kingston Bridge, which unites Kingston, in Surrey, with Hampton Wick, in Middlesex. Kingston is another important boating centre; steamers to Windsor, Henley, and Oxford. We proceed, with Hampton Court Park on our right and Surbiton, the south suburb and residential quarter of Kingston, on our left. Thames Ditton is a pretty village on the left, with a large colony of riverside cottages and bungalows. We soon come in sight of Hampton Court Palace on our right; opposite is the mouth of the river Mole. The steamer stops just beyond the iron bridge, on the left, not far from Molesey Lock (21 miles; 1 hour 20 minutes from Richmond; rollers). The railway station of Hampton Court is at the left (Surrey) end of the bridge, the palace at the opposite (Middlesex) end.

Ham House, London

York House, London

Riverside walk, by the Thames