Hampton Hill

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Coordinates: 51°25′35″N 0°21′21″W / 51.42647°N 0.35592°W / 51.42647; -0.35592

Hampton Hill
a number of grave stones in the grass, in the background trees with bare limbs and behind them a church with a tall thin spire
Hampton Hill cemetery and the spire of St James's Church
Hampton Hill is located in Greater London
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 Hampton Hill shown within Greater London
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Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HAMPTON
Postcode district TW12
Dialling code 020
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Hampton Hill (known long ago as 'New Hampton') is a town in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, bounded by Fulwell Golf Course to the northwest; the road bridge over the railway line;[1] a line southward just east of Wellington Road; Bushy Park to the southeast; and the artificial Longford River to the south and west. It is served by Fulwell railway station on the Shepperton to Waterloo line.

History[edit]

For history prior to the late 19th century see Hampton, London.

Hampton Hill's urban development was railway-fuelled building in an area that was since the Middle Ages the north of Hampton ecclesiastical parish further away from the River Thames. Distinguished from Hampton on all street signs, it is that part across the Charles I-commissioned Longford River, an artificial watercourse built to supply Hampton Court, which forms the boundary between Hampton Hill and Hampton.

Its lack of development is reflected by the fact only seven of this complete list of listed buildings are buildings:

  • 167 High Street[2]
  • 127 Uxbridge Road[3]
  • Templeton Lodge[4]
  • Brick Boundary Walls to Bushy Park[5]
  • Stables & Garden Wall to Upper Lodge[6]
  • Church of St James[7]
  • Monument At south-eastern end of General Roy's Survey Base [8]
  • Upper Lodge [9]
  • Old Brew House, Bushy Park[10]
  • Bushy Park – a Grade I listed park[11]

The oldest of the listed structures lie within the part of Bushy Park in the area; the Old Brew House may be late 17th century.[10]

Hampton Hill was bombed a number of times during the Blitz, the first major incident was in November 1940 when 63 Park Road was gutted when an abandoned Wellington bomber crashed on it. On the next night much of Alpha Road was destroyed and five people died after a Luftwaffe bomber dropped a landmine on it. Subsequently Hampton Hill had a number of lucky escapes with bombs and incendiaries either failing to explode or landing in Bushy Park, Fulwell Golf Course, and other open land, with the next major incident being in June 1944 when a doodlebug exploded near Longford Close and killed one person.[12]

Geography[edit]

The small town is in the southwestern suburbs of London, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The geology of south-west London north of the river is a flat alluvial plain rich in clay and humus and thus useful for market gardening; with little floodplain on either side of the river and though downhill, Hampton's riverside is only 7 metres (23 ft) beneath the maximum elevation in Hampton Hill.[13] A comparison can be made with Strawberry Hill which is smaller and has a small noticeable incline to the east.

Aside from the residential areas of the town, the High Street is filled with shops, restaurants, several cafes, a few public houses, and a traditional 75-year old bakery.[14] The High Street also stages a yearly parade before Christmas when the street is closed and a procession takes place.

The Hampton Hill Association (HHA) launched their Hampton Hill Community website on November 30, 2007, with local links & telephone numbers, a What's On Guide, Gallery, History and Young Residents pages as well as information about the mission of the HHA and its committee members.

The High Street in Hampton Hill has an active Traders' Association. They have been organising the annual Christmas Lighting Up parade for over 40 years. In 2010 the inaugural Hampton Hill Summer Festival was organised. The Hampton Hill Traders' Association together with Richmond Council co-fund the town centre manager, Jayne Jackson. The wide range of commerce, theatre and restaurants in the High Street is documented by an annually updated Hampton Hill Guide.[15]

Hampton Hill is also home to the Hampton Hill Playhouse,[16] a small community theatre and the Hampton Hill Cricket Club.[17]

Transport[edit]

a colour photograph of a straight stretch of water with a grassy bank, and trees in the background and reflected in the water. Five Red Deer stags are in the water, three are grazing the bank.
Much of the boundary between Hampton and Hampton Hill runs along the Longford River - here viewed from the Pantile Bridge

Bus services[edit]

  • 285 (Kingston to Heathrow Central via Teddington and Feltham) 24 Hour
  • R68 (Kew Retail Park to Hampton Court via Richmond and Teddington)
  • R70 (Hampton Nurserylands to Richmond 'Circular Service' via Twickenham)

Trains[edit]

Additional train services run during the weekday morning and evening peak

Education[edit]

Hampton Hill Junior School[18] is on St James Avenue; the headteacher is Bill Jerman.

Lady Eleanor Holles School Juniors Department is located in Hampton Hill, off Uxbridge Road (the Seniors are in Hampton, off Hanworth Road).

In the news[edit]

Hampton Hill Cricket Club had an unfortunate fire on 9 October 2010; no-one was hurt, but treasured possessions were lost.

Religious sites[edit]

Sports[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ At Wellington Road, see Google Maps: TW12 north of the Longford River
  2. ^ 167, High Street English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1065419)". National Heritage List for England .
  3. ^ 127, Uxbridge Road English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1253021)". National Heritage List for England .
  4. ^ Templeton Lodge English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1065420)". National Heritage List for England .
  5. ^ Brick Boundary Walls English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1080875)". National Heritage List for England .
  6. ^ Stables And Garden Wall To Upper Lodge English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1191599)". National Heritage List for England .
  7. ^ Church Of St James English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1255505)". National Heritage List for England .
  8. ^ Monument At South-Eastern End Of General Roy's Survey Base English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1263302)". National Heritage List for England .
  9. ^ Upper Lodge English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1358057)". National Heritage List for England .
  10. ^ a b Old Brew House English Heritage. "Details from listed building database ({{{num}}})". National Heritage List for England . also a Scheduled Ancient MonumentEnglish Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1002046)". National Heritage List for England .
  11. ^ Bushy Park English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1000281)". National Heritage List for England .
  12. ^ Barnfield, P., 2001. When the Bombs Fell: Twickenham, Teddington and The Hamptons Under Aerial Bombardment During the Second World War. [Twickenham]: Twickenham Local History Society, pp. 15 & 29. ISBN 0-903341-73-5.
  13. ^ Elevation Tools - maximum above sea level 18m
  14. ^ The Cavan Bakery
  15. ^ Hampton Hill Guide
  16. ^ Hampton Hill Playhouse
  17. ^ Hampton Hill Cricket Club
  18. ^ Hampton Hill Junior School

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