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The main high street is the Upper Richmond Road West. Central to the area is a small square, known as The Triangle, with a war memorial, and an old milestone. There are a number of parks and open spaces in the area including Richmond Park, accessed via Sheen Gate; Palewell Common, which has a playground, playing fields, tennis courts and a pitch and putt course; and East Sheen Common which leads onto Bog Gate, an entrance to Richmond Park.
Throughout its history, East Sheen has not formed an independent unit of civil administration and was instead included as part of the Mortlake parish in the Brixton hundred of Surrey. It was included in the Metropolitan Police District in 1840. From 1892 to 1894 Mortlake (including East Sheen) formed part of the expanded Municipal Borough of Richmond. In 1894 nearby North Sheen was created as a civil parish, being split off from Mortlake and remaining in the Municipal Borough of Richmond. The remainder of Mortlake (including East Sheen) was instead transferred to Barnes Urban District.
In 1965 North Sheen was incorporated in Kew which, with the rest of the Municipal Borough of Richmond, joined Twickenham and Barnes to form the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, bringing East Sheen and the former North Sheen into the same borough.
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- Sir Tim Berners-Lee, computer scientist and inventor of the World Wide Web, grew up in East Sheen and attended Sheen Mount Primary School
- Robin Bextor, film maker
- Jarvis Cocker, singer
- Daniel Craig, actor
- Abigail Cruttenden, actress
- Omid Djalili, actor and comedian
- Ross Edwards, banker
- Philip Glenister, actor
- Beth Goddard, actor
- Tom Hardy, actor
- Debbie Harry, musician
- Tim Henman, sportsman
- Katherine Jenkins, singer
- Andrew Marr, political broadcaster
- Davina McCall, broadcaster
- Sir Trevor McDonald, broadcaster
- Sally Phillips, actor
- Catherine Tate, actor and comedian
- Stuart Urban, film maker
- James Beck, actor
- Marc Bolan (1947–1977), musician, who died at what is now the site of Bolan's Rock Shrine, a few miles from his home at 142 Upper Richmond Road West in East Sheen
- Roy Kinnear, actor, who is buried in East Sheen cemetery
- George Eliot (1819–1880), novelist, lived in Clarence Row, East Sheen
- Rudolph Nureyev, dancer
- Felix Weinberg, physicist and Auschwitz survivor
Schools in the area include: Richmond Park Academy; Tower House Boys' Preparatory School, a small independent prep-school for boys aged 4–13; East Sheen Primary School, a state school located on Upper Richmond Road West; and Sheen Mount School, a state primary school located on West Temple.
The area is served by Mortlake railway station. Bus routes are Transport for London 33, 337 and 493; all of which serve Upper Richmond Road West.
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- Vision of Britain – North Sheen parish (historic map)
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