This is a categorised
list of notable people who were born in the , or have dwelt within the borders of the modern borough (which covers London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Barnes, East Sheen, Ham, Hampton, Kew, Mortlake, Petersham, Richmond, St Margarets, Teddington, Twickenham and Whitton). Only people who are sufficiently notable to have individual entries on Wikipedia have been included in the list and, in each instance, their birth or residence has been verified by citations. The list is divided into two main categories – Living people and Historical figures.
Living people [ edit ]
Actors, broadcasters, entertainers and musicians [ edit ]
Anastacia, singer/songwriter, lives in Richmond [1 ]
Joss Ackland, actor, lived in Barnes [2 ]
Richard Ashcroft, The Verve singer and songwriter [3 ]
Rick Astley, musician, lives in Richmond [4 ]
David Attenborough, naturalist and film director, has a house in Richmond [5 ]
Richard Attenborough, actor, film director and his wife Sheila Sim, actress, lived from 1949 to 2012 on Richmond Green [6 ] [7 ]
Mick Avory, musician, former drummer with The Kinks, lives in Kew [8 ]
Helen Baxendale, actress, lives in Richmond [9 ]
Mitch Benn, musician, comedian and author, lives in Ham [10 ]
Brian Blessed, actor, has lived at Clarence House, 2 The Vineyard, in Richmond [11 ]
Samantha Bond, actress, was brought up in Barnes and St Margarets. She and her husband, actor [12 ] Alexander Hanson, live in St Margarets [12 ] [13 ]
Rob Brydon, comedian, lives in Strawberry Hill [14 ]
Justin Lee Collins, comedian and television presenter, lives in Kew [15 ]
Abigail Cruttenden, actress, lives in East Sheen [16 ]
Peter Davison, actor, lives in St Margarets [17 ]
Omid Djalili, actor and comedian, lives in East Sheen [18 ]
Lynn Faulds Wood, television presenter and cancer campaigner, and her husband John Stapleton, journalist and presenter, live in St Margarets [19 ]
Philip Glenister, actor, and Beth Goddard, actress, live in East Sheen [20 ]
Oliver Golding, former child actor and current LTA junior tennis player, has lived in Twickenham [21 ]
Richard E. Grant, actor, lives in Richmond [22 ]
Selina Griffiths, actress, was born in 1969 in the borough of Richmond upon Thames [23 ]
Jerry Hall, actress and model, lives in Downe House, Richmond Hill [24 ] [25 ]
John Hannah, actor and his wife Joanna Roth, actress, live in Richmond with their two children [26 ]
Keeley Hawes, actress, and Matthew Macfadyen, actor, live in Twickenham [27 ]
Amanda Holden, actress, lives in Richmond [28 ]
Jane Horrocks, actress, lives in Richmond [29 ]
Mick Jagger, rock musician, Rolling Stones, lived at Downe House, Richmond Hill when he was married to Jerry Hall [24 ]
Katherine Jenkins, classical singer, lives in Mortake [30 ]
Angelina Jolie, actress, and Brad Pitt, actor, bought a family home in Richmond in 2012 [31 ]
Milton Jones, comedian, was born and brought up in Kew and now lives in Richmond [32 ] [33 ]
Mollie King, singer of girl group The Saturdays, is from Richmond [34 ]
Gabby Logan, TV presenter, and her husband Kenny Logan, rugby player, live in Kew [35 ]
Andrew Marr, political broadcaster, and Jackie Ashley, political journalist, live in East Sheen [36 ] Sir
Trevor McDonald, newsreader, TV presenter and journalist, lives in East Sheen [37 ]
Brian May, musician and astrophysicist, lived in Suffolk Road, Barnes [38 ]
Bill Milner (born 1995), actor, lives with his family in Hampton [39 ] Sisters
Juliet Mills and Hayley Mills, actresses, lived at The Wick on Richmond Hill.  With her son Crispian Mills (born 1973), singer, songwriter, guitarist and film director, Hayley later lived on Belgrade Road, in Hampton [40 ]
Robert Pattinson, actor, lives in Barnes [41 ]
Sophie Raworth, newsreader and journalist, lives in St Margarets [19 ]
Ben Shephard, TV presenter, lives in Richmond [42 ]
Tommy Steele, actor and singer, lived at Montrose House in Petersham [43 ]
Roger Taylor, drummer, lived in White Hart Lane, Barnes [38 ]
Pete Townshend, guitarist for The Who, lives at The Wick on Richmond Hill and previously lived at [44 ] Chapel House, Twickenham, now called 15 Montpelier Row
Sue Vertue, television producer, and her husband Steven Moffat, television writer and producer, live in Kew [45 ]
Bruce Welch of The Shadows lives in Richmond [46 ]
Ronnie Wood, rock musician, guitarist, lived at The Wick on Richmond Hill [44 ]
Business people [ edit ]
Lawyers, politicians and statesmen [ edit ]
David Durie, former Governor of Gibraltar, lives in Kew [48 ]
Susan Kramer, Baroness Kramer, former MP for Richmond Park and life peer [49 ]
Serge Lourie, former Leader of Richmond upon Thames Council, and councillor for Kew for 28 years, lives in Kew [50 ]
Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park, son of James Goldsmith and Lady Annabel Goldsmith, was brought up at Ormeley Lodge [47 ]
Jenny Tonge, Baroness Tonge, former MP, lives in Kew [51 ]
John Turner, Prime Minister of Canada, was born in Richmond [52 ]
Scholars, scientists and engineers [ edit ]
Socialites [ edit ]
Sportsmen and sportswomen [ edit ]
Writers and artists [ edit ]
Jez Alborough, writer and illustrator of children's picture books, lives in Richmond [62 ] [63 ]
Geoffrey Archer, writer and former Defence Correspondent of ITN, lives in Kew [64 ]
Jason Bradbury, children's writer and TV presenter, lives in Twickenham [65 ]
Simon Fowler, social historian and author, lives in Richmond [66 ]
Bamber Gascoigne, author and TV presenter, lives in Richmond [67 ]
Viv Groskop, journalist, writer and comedian, lives in Teddington [68 ]
Judith Kerr, author of children's books, lives in Barnes [69 ]
Jemima Khan, writer and campaigner, daughter of James Goldsmith and Lady Annabel Goldsmith, was brought up at Ormeley Lodge [47 ]
Matthew Kneale (b. 1960), author of the novel English Passengers, was brought up in Barnes [70 ]
Roger McGough, poet, lives in Barnes [71 ]
Jan Pieńkowski, artist, lives in Barnes [69 ]
Historical figures [ edit ]
Actors, broadcasters, entertainers and musicians [ edit ]
Rosemary Ackland (1951–2002), actress, lived in Barnes [2 ]
Malcolm Arnold (1921–2006), composer, lived at Denbigh Gardens and at Sheen Road, Richmond [72 ]
Johann Christian Bach (1735–1782), composer, had a house in Richmond in the 1770s, but it is not known where. He was music master to the royal household at Kew [72 ]
Syd Barrett (1946–2006), former lead singer with Pink Floyd, shared a flat in Richmond with Rick Wright [73 ]
John Beard (c1717 – 1791), tenor singer, lived at what is now Hampton Branch Library, Rose Hill, Hampton. The site is marked by a blue plaque [74 ]
Mary Hayley Bell (1911–2005), actress, writer and dramatist, lived at The Wick on Richmond Hill [44 ] [75 ]
Marc Bolan (1947–1977) 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 [76 ]
Kitty Clive (1711–1785), actress, who retired in 1769 to a villa in Twickenham that had been a gift from her friend Horace Walpole, dying there in 1785. She was buried at St Mary's, Twickenham. At the north-east corner of the church, there is a memorial to her on which a poem praises her generosity [77 ]
Ronald Colman (1891–1958), actor, was born in Richmond [78 ]
Richard Cook (1957–2007), British jazz writer, magazine editor and former record company executive, was born in Kew [79 ]
Sir Noël Coward (1899–1973), actor, playwright and songwriter, was born at 131 Waldegrave Road, Teddington [72 ] [74 ]
Dame Ninette de Valois (1898–2001), ballerina and ballet teacher, lived at 14 The Terrace on the riverfront at Barnes between 1962 and 1982. A blue plaque now stands on the building [80 ]
Richard Dimbleby (1913–1965), radio broadcaster, was born in the borough and lived in a flat at Cedar Court, East Sheen. This has been commemorated by an [81 ] English Heritage blue plaque [82 ]
David Garrick (1717–1779), actor, lived at Garrick's Villa, Hampton Court Road, Hampton [74 ]
The house in Barnes where Gustav Holst lived between 1908 and 1913. A
signifying historical significance is fixed to the front of the building.
Simon Hoggart (1946–2014), broadcaster and journalist, lived in Sandycoombe Road, St Margarets [83 ]
Gustav Holst (1874–1934), composer, lived at 31 Gretna Road, Richmond between 1903 and 1908. He and his family moved to 10 The Terrace on the riverfront at Barnes in 1908, where they remained until 1913 [72 ]
Celia Johnson (1908–1982), actress. There is a blue plaque at 46 Richmond Hill, Richmond, where she was born [74 ] [84 ]
Edmund Kean (1787–1833), actor, had a house next door to the King's Theatre in Richmond where he was actor-manager, and died there [85 ] [86 ]
Phil Lynott (1949–1986), Irish rock guitarist, songwriter and leader of Thin Lizzy, lived in Kew [87 ]
Rik Mayall (1958–2014), actor, writer and comedian, lived and died in Barnes [88 ] [89 ]
Freddie Mercury (1946–1991), musician, vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen, shared a house in Ferry Road, Barnes [90 ]
Sir John Mills (1908–2005), actor, lived at The Wick on Richmond Hill [75 ]
Rudolph Nureyev (1938–1993), ballet dancer, briefly owned a house in Richmond [91 ]
Andrzej Panufnik (1914–1991), Polish-born composer and musician, lived in Riverside House in Twickenham overlooking the Thames, and died there [92 ]
Jon Pertwee (1919–1996), actor, had a family house in Barnes Doctor Who [93 ]
Harold Pinter (1930–2008), playwright, dramatist, actor and director, lived at Fairmead Court, Taylor Avenue, Kew [94 ]
Thomas German Reed (1817–1888), composer, musical director, actor, singer and theatrical manager, died at St. Croix, Upper East Sheen, and is buried in Mortlake cemetery [95 ]
William Christian Sellé (1813–1898), doctor of music and Musician in Ordinary to Queen Victoria for 44 years, lived at Old Palace Terrace, Richmond [96 ]
John Templeton (1802–1886), opera singer, lived at 114 High Street, Hampton Hill [97 ]
Terry-Thomas (1911–1990), comic actor, moved to a flat in Laurel Road, Barnes in 1988 [98 ]
Frank Thornton (1921–2013), actor, who played Captain Peacock in the BBC comedy , lived and died in Barnes Are You Being Served? [99 ]
Rick Wright (1943–2008), English pianist, keyboardist and songwriter, shared a flat in Richmond with fellow Pink Floyd member Syd Barratt [73 ]
Architects and designers [ edit ]
Thomas Allom (1804–1872), architect, artist, topographical illustrator and a founding member of what became the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), designed Holy Trinity Barnes and lived locally at 1 Barnes Villas (now 80 Lonsdale Road), Barnes [100 ]
Lancelot "Capability" Brown (1716–1783), is commemorated with an English Heritage blue plaque at Wilderness House, Hampton Court Palace. He lived there from 1764, when he was appointed Chief Gardener at the palace, until his death in 1783 [101 ]
Ralph Knott (1879–1929), architect of County Hall, the former London County Council building on the South Bank, Westminster, lived and died in Kew [102 ]
Batty Langley (1696–1751), garden designer, was the son of a jobbing gardener in Twickenham and was baptised there [103 ]
Edward Lapidge (1779–1860), who held the post of County Surveyor of Surrey and designed the present Kingston Bridge, was born in Hampton Wick, where he also designed a number of churches [104 ]
Sir Christopher Wren (1632–1723), lived at The Old Court House, Hampton Court Green. The site is marked by a blue plaque [74 ]
Business people [ edit ]
York House, York Street, Twickenham, where the Indian industrialist Sir Ratan Tata lived
Angus Ogilvy (1928–2004), businessman, lived at Thatched House Lodge in Richmond Park [53 ]
James Goldsmith (1933–1997), billionaire financier, whose family lived at Ormeley Lodge [47 ] Sir
Ratan Tata (1871–1918), a Parsee and a major industrialist in India, who bought York House, Twickenham in 1906 and lived there until 1914, when he returned to India. His widow Navajbai decided to sell the house and its contents in 1924 [105 ]
Thomas Twining (1675–1741) was a merchant, and the founder of the tea company Twinings. In about 1722 he bought a property later known as Dial House, next door to the church of St Mary's, Twickenham, where he either rebuilt, or converted and extended the buildings already there. The sundial on the façade carries the date 1726, possibly the time when the new building was finished. After Twining died in 1741, he was buried at St Mary's, next to his house where there is a memorial to him at the north-east corner of the church [77 ] Sir
Max Waechter (1837–1924), businessman, art collector, philanthropist and advocate of a federal Europe, lived in Terrace House on [106 ] Richmond Hill, and owned Glover's Island which he donated to the Borough of Richmond in 1900, helpeing to preserve the view from Richmond across the river [107 ]
Criminals and sinners [ edit ]
Lawyers, politicians and statesmen [ edit ]
Pembroke Lodge in the 1880s, when it was the home of Lord Russell, British Prime Minister. His grandson Bertrand Russell grew up there
Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth (1757–1844), British Prime Minister from 1801 to 1804, was given White Lodge, Richmond Park, as a home near London, by George III in 1801. He was created Viscount Sidmouth in 1805, is commemorated in the name Sidmouth Wood at Richmond Park, and was buried in St. Mary-the-Virgin churchyard in Mortlake [110 ]  [111 ]
Charles Calvert (1768–1832), brewer and Member of Parliament, lived at Kneller Hall [112 ]
Edwin Chadwick, social reformer (1800–1890), died at Park Cottage, East Sheen [113 ]
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764–1845), British Prime Minister from 1831 to 1834, rented Sheen House from the Marquess of Ailesbury during his premiership, for use as a country house near London [114 ]
Liberal Party leader Jo Grimond (1913–1993) lived in Kew [115 ]
Henry Du Pre Labouchere (1831–1912), Liberal MP and journalist, lived at Pope's Villa, Cross Deep, Twickenham. The site is marked by a blue plaque [74 ]
Samuel Molyneux (1689–1728), Member of Parliament, and an amateur astronomer, who was married to Lady Elizabeth Diana Capel, the eldest daughter of the Earl of Essex, inherited Kew House on the death of Lady Capel of Tewkesbury. Molyneux set up an observatory at the house and collaborated there with [116 ] James Bradley in innovative designs for reflecting telescopes. Kew House which later, as the White House, became the home of Prince Frederick and Princess Augusta, was pulled down in 1802 when George II's short-lived gothic "castellated palace" was built [116 ] [117 ] One of
Henry VIII's closest friends, Henry Norris (c. 1482 – 1536) lived at Kew Farm, which was later owned by [118 ] Elizabeth I's favourite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. This large palatial house on the Thames riverbank predated the royal palaces of Kew Palace and the White House. Excavations at Kew Gardens in 2009 revealed a wall that may have belonged to the property [119 ] [120 ]
Frederick North, Lord North (1732–1792), British statesman, Prime Minister from 1770 to 1782, lived at Bushy House as his London suburban residence when Ranger of Bushy Park, from 1771 to 1792 [121 ]
Bernardo O'Higgins statue in Richmond
Bernardo O'Higgins (1778–1842) general, statesman and liberator of Chile, lived and studied at Clarence House, 2 The Vineyard, Richmond in his late teens. The site is marked by a blue plaque [11 ] [74 ] [122 ]
Sir Christopher Packe (1593? – 1682), Lord Mayor of London, lived in Mortlake in about 1655–60 [123 ]
Sir Henry Parker (1808–1881), Premier of New South Wales acquired Stawell House, East Sheen, on his return to England in 1868, and his family continued there until 1935 [123 ]
Lyon Playfair (1818–1898), professor of chemistry and Liberal MP, lived at 26 Castelnau Villas (98 Castelnau), Barnes in 1851, when taking part in organising the Great Exhibition [123 ]
Sir John Power, 1st Baronet, (1870–1950), British businessman and Conservative MP for Wimbledon, lived at 1 Queen's Ride, Barnes, 1908–19 [123 ]
Sir Hugh Portman, 4th Baronet (died 1632), MP for Taunton, lived in a house opposite Kew Palace [124 ]
Sir John Puckering (1544–1596), lawyer, politician, Speaker of the English House of Commons, and Lord Keeper from 1592 until his death, lived in Kew [124 ]
John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, (1792–1878), UK prime minister, lived at Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park [109 ]
William Selwyn (1775–1855), lawyer and legal author, lived in retirement at Pagoda House, Kew Road, Richmond, an estate inherited from his father in 1817. Selwyn provided the site on which St John the Divine, Richmond, the Anglican church in Kew Road, Richmond, was built in the 1830s [125 ]
Charles Somerset, 1st Earl of Worcester (c. 1460 – 15 March 1526) was granted lands at Kew in 1517. When he died in 1526 he left his Kew estates to his third wife, Eleanor, with the remainder to his son George. In 1538 Sir George Somerset sold the house for £200 to Thomas Cromwell, who resold it for the same amount to Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk. Brandon had probably already inhabited Kew during the life of his wife Mary Tudor, the daughter of Henry VII and widow of Louis XII [126 ]
Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry, usually known as Lord Castlereagh (1769–1822), British Foreign Secretary, rented Temple Grove, East Sheen, from Lord Palmerston's trustees, from 1802 to 1806. His wife's mother, the Countess of Buckinghamshire, was then living next door, at The Firs [123 ]
John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute (1713–1792), botanist and honorary director of Kew Gardens, 1754 – 1772, adviser to Princess Augusta and tutor to George III and, later, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1762–1763), lived at King’s Cottage, 33 Kew Green. He succeeded Princess Amelia as Ranger of Richmond Park and used White Lodge as an occasional residence from 1761 until his death in 1792 [127 ] [123 ]
Sir Thomas Thynne (c 1610–1669), lawyer and MP, had a house at Richmond which was searched for royalist suspects in 1659; his steward and butler were ordered to be arrested [128 ]
Algernon Tollemache (1805–1892), politician, lived at Wick House prior to his death in 1892. [129 ]
Harold Wilson (1916–1995), British Labour politician, twice Prime Minister (1964–1970 & 1974–1976), lived at Fitzwilliam House, Richmond Green [130 ]
Queen Adelaide, widow of William IV, spent her last years (1837–1849) at Bushy House, Teddington [131 ]
Anne of Bohemia (1366–1394), Richard II's queen, died from the plague at the Manor of Shene (now called Richmond) [132 ]
Anne of Cleves, divorced wife of Henry VIII, was granted Richmond Palace in 1540 and entertained the king and his daughters there on several occasions [131 ]
Queen Anne lived at Hampton Court Palace and continued William and Mary's decoration and completion of its state apartments [133 ]
Charles I lived at Richmond Palace and at Hampton Court while the plague raged in London. He was held prisoner at Hampton Court in 1647 [131 ]
Charles II lived at Hampton Court in 1665 to escape the plague in London [131 ]
Queen Charlotte, queen of George III, died at the Dutch House, Kew in 1818 [131 ]
Edward I resided at Shene with his court in 1299 [131 ]
Edward III died at Shene (now called Richmond) in 1394 [131 ]
Edward VII (1841–1910) and Queen Alexandra (1844–1925). As Prince of Wales Edward was resident at White Lodge with his tutors in 1858. The Prince and Princess used the house as a weekend residence, 1867–68 [131 ] [114 ]
Edward VIII (1894–1972) was born at White Lodge – the home of his maternal grandparents, the Duke and Duchess of Teck [131 ]
Elizabeth I was held prisoner at Richmond Palace during her sister Mary I's reign. She lived in the palace as Queen and died there in 1603 [131 ]
Elizabeth Woodville, Edward IV's queen, made the royal manor of Shene her chief residence and held it until it was reclaimed from her by Henry VII in 1486 [131 ]
Frederick, Prince of Wales and Princess Augusta lived at the White House in Kew [131 ]
Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau (1968–2013), brother of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, lived in Kew [134 ]
George I commissioned the completion of six rooms at Hampton Court Palace to the design of John Vanbrugh [135 ]
George II lived at Ormonde House [136 ] [137 ] The future
George III, as Prince of Wales, purchased Richmond Lodge in Old Deer Park in 1721 where he lived after his marriage to Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. On the death of the Dowager Princess of Wales (Princess Augusta), the king moved into the White House at Kew [131 ]
George VI (1895–1952) and Queen Elizabeth as Duke and Duchess of York lived at White Lodge, Richmond Park, after their marriage in 1923 [114 ] [131 ]
Henrietta Maria, the widowed mother of Charles II, lived briefly at Richmond Palace in 1660 [131 ]
Henry I resided for a short time in 1125 at the King’s House within the Manor of Sceanes (Shene, now called Richmond) [131 ] In 1414
Henry V ordered the rebuilding of the royal manor at Shene; this is described as ‘the kynges grete work’ [131 ]
Henry VI was born at Hampton Court [131 ]
Henry VII rebuilt the royal manor of Shene as Richmond Palace and died there in 1509 [131 ]
Henry VIII married Catherine Parr – his sixth wife – at Hampton Court [131 ] Henry, Prince of Wales, lived in Richmond from 1604 until his premature death in 1612. His improvements to the Palace included a picture gallery for the royal collection
Queen Isabella, widow of Edward II of England [131 ]
James Francis Edward, the future "Old Pretender", was brought to Richmond Palace in 1688 with his wet-nurse after his father, James II, had ordered the reconstruction of part of the palace as the royal nursery [131 ]
Jane Seymour, Henry VIII's third wife, gave birth to the future Edward VI of England at Hampton Court Palace and died two weeks later at Richmond Palace [131 ]
Prince Louis, Duke of Nemours (1814–1896) lived at Bushy House [138 ] The future
Louis Philippe I, Duc d’Orleans, who was King of the French from 1830 to 1848, went into exile in 1793 and, before his return to France in 1815 on the fall of Napoleon, lived mostly in Twickenham. He and his two younger brothers lived in relative poverty from 1800 to 1807 at Highshot House, Crown Road; the house was demolished in 1927. From 1815 to 1817 Louis Philippe leased a house on the Twickenham riverside and gave it the name Orleans House. The house was demolished in 1926 but the octagon and some outbuildings survived and are now the Orleans House Gallery . After the 1848 revolution, many members of Louis Philippe's large family were forced into exile and took residences in the Richmond area [138 ]
Manuel II of Portugal lived in exile at Fulwell Park, Twickenham, following the 5 October 1910 revolution in Portugal. He died in the house in 1932 [139 ]
Mary I and her consort, Philip II of Spain, spent their honeymoon at Hampton Court and Richmond [131 ]
Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII and widowed Queen of France, married Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, secretly in France. On their return to England they stayed at Kew, according to John Leland's Cygnea Cantio ("Swan Song") where he refers to Kew as "Cheva" [126 ] [131 ] [140 ]
Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh (1776–1857), last surviving child of George III, and widow of the second Duke of Gloucester, lived at White Lodge from 1844 till her death. She was Ranger of Richmond Park from 1850 to 1857 [123 ]
Mary of Teck (1867–1953), consort of George V, lived at White Lodge, Richmond Park with her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Teck, until her marriage in 1893. The couple's engagement took place at Sheen Lodge on 3 May 1893. [123 ] [131 ]
Richard II's principal royal residence was in Shene (now called Richmond) [131 ]
Victoria and Prince Albert stayed at White Lodge for a while in 1861 after the death of the Queen's mother and a few months before Albert's death on 14 December [131 ]
William III and Mary II rebuilt parts of Hampton Court Palace [133 ]
William IV spent most of his early life at Richmond and at Kew Palace, where he was educated by private tutors [141 ]
William, Duke of Gloucester, son of the future Queen Anne and Prince George of Hanover, was born at Hampton Court in 1689 [131 ]
Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia, sister of Tsar Nicholas II, lived at Wilderness Lodge, in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, from 1937 until her death in 1960 [142 ]
Scholars, scientists and engineers [ edit ]
William Aiton (1731–1793), botanist, was appointed in 1759 as director of the newly established botanical garden at Kew, where he remained until his death. He effected many improvements at the gardens, and in 1789 he published Hortus Kewensis, a catalogue of the plants cultivated there. He is buried in St. Anne's churchyard at Kew [143 ]
William Townsend Aiton (1766–1849), botanist, was born in Kew and succeeded his father William Aiton as director at Kew Gardens in 1793. [144 ] He was one of the founders of the [144 ] Royal Horticultural Society. He retired in 1841 but remained living at Kew, although passing much of his time with his brother at [144 ] Kensington where he died in 1849. He is buried in St. Anne's churchyard at Kew [144 ] [144 ]
Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark (1903–1983), art historian, author, museum director and broadcaster, lived at Old Palace Place on Richmond Green [145 ]
John Dee (1527 – 1608 or 1609), mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, alchemist and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I, lived at Mortlake from 1565 to 1595 except for the six years between 1583 and 1589 when he was travelling in Europe. His house no longer exists but it became the [146 ] Mortlake Tapestry Works and at the end of the 18th century was a girls' school [146 ] Sir
Richard Doll (1912–2005), epidemiologist, was born in Hampton [147 ]
James Henry Greathead (1844–1896), railway engineer and pioneer of tunnelling, lived at St Mary's Grove, Barnes. The site is marked by a blue plaque [74 ]
Sir William Hooker (1785–1865) and his son Sir Joseph Hooker (1817–1911), botanists and directors of Kew Gardens, lived at 49 Kew Green, Kew. The site is marked by a blue plaque [148 ] [149 ]
Sir Richard Owen (1804–1892), biologist, comparative anatomist and paleontologist, was granted Sheen Cottage in Richmond Park by Queen Victoria in 1852. He died there and is buried at Ham. His family continued to live at Sheen Cottage until 1921 [123 ]
John Partridge (astrologer) (1644 – c. 1714) was born at East Sheen and apprenticed to a local shoemaker. He died in Mortlake and is buried there [123 ]
Colin Patterson (1933–1998), palaentologist, lived in Barnes [150 ]
Albert Frederick Pollard (1869–1948), historian and founder of the Historical Association [123 ] Sir
John Russell Reynolds, 1st Baronet (1828–1896), British neurologist and physician, President of the Royal College of Physicians, 1893–95, occupied Rose Cottage, Barnes Green, as a weekend cottage from about 1862 to 1870 [123 ]
Bertrand Russell (1872–1970), mathematician and philosopher, grew up at Pembroke Lodge between 1876 and 1894 [109 ] [151 ]
Stephen Peter Rigaud (1774–1839), mathematical historian and astronomer, lived at 21 Richmond Green [145 ]
Norman Selfe (1839–1911), engineer, naval architect, inventor, urban planner and advocate of technical education, was born in Teddington [152 ]
Alan Turing (1912–1954) lived at Ivy House (which now has a blue plaque) in Hampton High Street between 1945 and 1947 while working at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington [153 ]
Social reformers [ edit ]
Beard and Ewart's Hampton home is now Hampton library (the extension on the left is modern)
on Hampton Library to John Beard and William Ewart
Spiritual leaders [ edit ]
Sportsmen and sportswomen [ edit ]
Edgar Ball (1892–1969), English cricketer, was born in Richmond [154 ]
David Barttelot (1821–1852), English cricketer, was born in Richmond [155 ]
Chris Brasher (1928–2003), athlete, sports journalist and co-founder of the London Marathon, lived in River Lane, Petersham [156 ]
William East (1866–1933), rower, lived in Richmond where, later in life, he became a publican [157 ]
Robert Long (1846–1924), English cricketer, was born in Richmond [158 ]
Alfred Luff (1846–1933), English cricketer, was born in Kew [159 ]
Ebenezer Cobb Morley (1831–1924) sportsman, regarded as the father of The Football Association and modern football, lived in The Terrace at Barnes and is buried in Barnes Cemetery [160 ] [161 ]
George Vassila (1857–1915), English cricketer, was born in Kew [162 ]
Warriors and explorers [ edit ]
Sir Richard Burton (1821–1890), 19th-century explorer, lived at Maids of Honour Row in Richmond while attending the Richmond Academy, which was situated in a mansion at the corner of the Little Green and Duke Street. He and his wife are buried in a remarkable tomb in the shape of a Bedouin tent in the churchyard of [163 ] St Mary Magdalen’s Roman Catholic Church Mortlake, where there is also a memorial window to him [164 ]
Nancy Wake (1912–2011), who fought with the French Resistance in World War II, lived in Richmond's Royal Star and Garter Home from 2003 until her death in August 2011 [165 ]
Sir Charles Pole, 1st Baronet (1757–1830), Admiral of the Fleet, who married Henrietta Goddard, niece of Henry Hope of Sheen House, in 1792, lived at Sheen House from 1806 onwards [123 ]
Young Bingham Hutchinson (1806–1870), 19th-century Royal Navy officer and settler in South Australia [166 ]
George Vancouver (1757–1798), Captain in the Royal Navy and one of the Britain's greatest explorers and navigators, is thought to have lived in Glen Cottage on River Lane in Petersham; he is buried in St Peter’s churchyard in Petersham [167 ]
Writers and artists [ edit ]
's painting of Cambrian Road, Richmond, where he lived
Franz (later Francis) Bauer (1758–1840), Austrian microscopist and botanical artist, who became the first botanical illustrator at Kew Gardens. By 1790 he had settled at Kew, where as well as making detailed paintings and drawings of flower dissections, often at microscopic level, he tutored Queen Charlotte, Princess Elizabeth and William Hooker in the art of illustration, and often entertained friends and botanists at his home. He is buried at St Anne's Church, Kew next to [168 ] Thomas Gainsborough.
R D Blackmore (1825–1900), novelist, author of , lived at 25 Lower Teddington Road, Hampton Wick, Lorna Doone whilst he had Gomer House in Teddington (since demolished) built for him [169 ]
Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837–1915), novelist, lived and died at Lichfield House in Sheen Road, Richmond [170 ]
Joan Carlile (1600–1679), one of the very first women to practise painting professionally, is believed to have lived at Petersham Lodge in Richmond Park during the Commonwealth period with her husband Ludovic, keeper/deputy ranger at the park. Petersham Lodge was demolished in 1835 [171 ] [172 ]
Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343 – 25 October 1400), poet and courtier, was appointed Yeoman of the King’s Chamber in 1368 and served at Shene (now called Richmond) [131 ]
Walter de la Mare (1873–1956), poet, lived at South End House, Montpelier Row, Twickenham. The site is marked by a blue plaque [74 ] The American-born English artist
Walter Deverell (1827–1854), who was associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, lived at 352 Kew Road, then called Heathfield House. He had a studio at the end of the garden where there are now garages. In this setting he painted "The Pet" [173 ]
Stephen Duck (1705? – 1756), poet, lived in Kew [124 ] Mary Anne Evans, better known as the novelist
George Eliot (1819–1880), lived at 7 Clarence Row, East Sheen from May to September 1855 and at 8 Parkshot, Richmond from October 1855 to February 1859, when she moved to Wandsworth. While living in Richmond she assumed the name of George Eliot and began her first novel Amos Barton (later retitled Scenes of Clerical Life) and started writing Adam Bede. [174 ] [175 ]
George Engleheart (1750–1829) who was born in Kew, was one of the greatest English painters of [176 ] portrait miniatures. He is buried in St Anne's Church, Kew
Henry Fielding (1707–1754), novelist, lived at Milbourne House, Barnes Green in about 1750, when writing [74 ] . He later moved to Ealing Amelia [114 ] The artist
Spencer Gore (1878–1914) painted a series of thirty-two landscapes in Richmond Park during the last months of his life. His painting "From a Window in Cambrian Road, Richmond" [177 ]  shows the view from a top-floor window at the rear of 6 Cambrian Road, near the park's Cambrian Gate entrance, where he and his family moved to in 1913. [178 ] This may be the last picture Gore worked on before his early death from pneumonia [179 ] [179 ]
Augustin Heckel (1690–1770), a German-born artist, lived in Richmond from 1746 until his death. His "A West View of Richmond etc. in Surrey from the Star and Garter on the Hill", published in 1752, became widely known after being engraved by [180 ] Charles Grignion the Elder [181 ] [182 ]
Arthur Hughes (1832–1915), Pre-Raphaelite painter, lived and died at Eastside House, 22 Kew Green, Kew. The site is marked by a blue plaque [183 ] [74 ]
John Joshua Kirby (1716–1774), landscape painter, engraver, and writer, whose main artistic focus was "linear perspective," based on the ideas of English mathematician Brook Taylor. He was the son of topographer John Kirby, and the father of the writer Sarah Trimmer and the engraver William Kirby. In 1760 he moved to Kew, where he taught linear perspective to George III. He died in Kew and is buried at St Anne's [184 ] [185 ]
Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646–1723), portrait painter. His remains were interred in the church of St Mary's, Twickenham. He had been a churchwarden there when the 14th century nave collapsed in 1713 and was active in the plans for the church's reconstruction by John James (architect)). [186 ] The site of the house Kneller built in 1709 in [187 ] Whitton, near Twickenham, is now occupied by the mid-19th century Kneller Hall, home of the Royal Military School of Music
Sir Peter Lely (1618–1680), portrait painter, had a house on the north side of Kew Green [124 ] On almost exactly the same site as Lely's residence,
Jeremiah Meyer (1735–1789), miniaturist to Queen Charlotte and George III, built a house a century later. Meyer is buried at St Anne's [188 ]
Eugène Marais (1871–1936), South African lawyer, naturalist, poet and writer, lived in Coleshill Road in Teddington from 1898 to 1902 [189 ]
John Minter Morgan (1782–1854), writer and philanthropist, lived on Ham Common in what is now the Cassel Hospital [190 ]
Eric Newby (1919–2006), travel author, grew up in Castelnau Mansions, Barnes [191 ]
Beverley Nichols (1898–1983), author, lived at Sudbrook Cottage in Sudbrook Park, Petersham [192 ]
Sidney Richard Percy (1821–1886), landscape painter, lived with his father at 32 Castelnau Villas (92 Castelnau), Barnes, from 1845 to 1856 [123 ]
Henry William Pickersgill (1782–1875), portrait painter, lived at Nassau House, Barnes Green, from about 1854 to 1857. He is buried in Barnes Cemetery with his wife who died in 1857 [123 ] French Impressionist painter
Camille Pissarro (1830–1903) lived at 10 Kew Green, which is marked by a blue plaque. During his stay he painted [193 ] Kew Gardens – Path to the Great Glasshouse (1892),  Kew Greens (1892)  and Church at Kew (1892).  His second son, the engraver Ludovic Rodo Pissarro (1878–1952), lived at 21 Peldon Avenue, Richmond (latter destroyed during the Blitz), from 1919 to 1921. His third son, [194 ] Félix Pissarro (1874–1897), painter, etcher and caricaturist, died at a sanatorium at 262 Kew Road in 1897 [195 ]
Alexander Pope (1688–1744), poet, lived in Twickenham. He lies in [196 ] St Mary's, Twickenham under a stone slab engraved simply with the letter P, near a bronze memorial plate [77 ]
Barbara Pym (1913–1980), novelist, lived for many years at 47 Nassau Road, Barnes [191 ]
Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792), artist, lived from 1772 to 1792 at The Wick House which was built for him by Sir William Chambers in 1772 [181 ]
James Saunders (playwright) (1925–2004), lived in East Twickenham [197 ]
Kurt Schwitters (1887–1947), artist, lived at 39 Westmorland Road, Barnes. The site is marked by a blue plaque [74 ]
Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816), playwright, poet, theatre owner and MP, owned Downe House, Richmond Hill. He took a house on Barnes Terrace in 1810 when his son Tom was living at Milbourne House [198 ] [123 ]
Dodie Smith (1896–1990), the author of and I Capture the Castle , lived in Riverview Gardens, Barnes The Hundred and One Dalmatians' [191 ]
Hesba Stretton (real name Sarah Smith), the Evangelical children's writer, retired to Ivycroft, Ham Common in 1892 and died there in 1912 [199 ]
Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892), poet, lived at Chapel House, Twickenham, now 15 Montpelier Row, Twickenham. His son [200 ] Hallam Tennyson (1852–1928), second Governor-General of Australia, was christened at St Mary's, Twickenham in 1852 [201 ]
James Thomson (1700–1748), poet, who wrote the lyrics to " Rule Britannia!", lived in a cottage (now part of the Royal Hospital) in Kew Foot Road, Richmond from 1736 until his death in 1748. The site is marked by a blue plaque. [74 ] [181 ] There is a memorial to him in [202 ] Richmond Park [203 ]
J M W Turner (1775–1851), artist, built Solus Lodge in Sandycoombe Road, on the border of East Twickenham and St Margarets. The house survives as Sandycombe Lodge. The site is marked by a blue plaque [204 ] [74 ]
Horace Walpole (1717–1797), art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and politician built and lived at Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham [205 ]
Virginia Woolf (1882–1941), novelist, and her husband Leonard Woolf (1880–1969), founder of Hogarth Press, lived at 17 The Green from October 1914. From 1915 they lived at [206 ] 34 Paradise Road, Richmond, which is marked by a blue plaque [74 ]
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