London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
|London Borough of Richmond upon Thames|
|— London borough —|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Incorporated||1 April 1965|
|• Type||London borough council|
|• Body||Richmond London Borough Council|
|• Leadership||Leader Cllr. The Rt Hon. The Lord True (Conservative)|
|• Mayor||Cllr. Rita Palmer|
|• MPs||Vince Cable (Lib Dem)
Zac Goldsmith (Con)
|• London Assembly||Cllr. Tony Arbour (Con) AM for South West|
|• EU Parliament||London|
|• Total||22.17 sq mi (57.41 km2)|
|Area rank||262nd (of 326)|
|Population (2011 est.)|
|• Rank||89th (of 326)|
|• Density||8,500/sq mi ( 3,300/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||75.7% White British
2.6% White Irish
10.6% Other White
0.5% White & Black Caribbean
0.3% White & Black African
1.0% White & Asian
0.7% Other Mixed
0.8% Other Asian
0.8% Black Caribbean
0.7% Black African
0.2% Other Black
|Time zone||GMT (UTC0)|
|• Summer (DST)||BST (UTC+1)|
|Postcodes||TW, SW, KT|
|Police force||Metropolitan Police|
The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a London borough in south west London, England, which forms part of Outer London. It is the only London borough situated both north and south of the River Thames. However, the river is much narrower here than it is in Central London, and geographically it runs more south to north, rather than west to east in this area. The local authority is Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council.
It can been seen from a map that the borough is not entirely urbanised – there are some large areas of open space within the borough boundaries, including the large urban park Richmond Park. The borough is residential and home to some of the most affluent districts of London such as Barnes, Richmond and East Sheen. The main suburban developments are Hampton and Teddington in the south, Twickenham, St Margarets and Whitton in the central area west of the River Thames, with the more central districts of Richmond, Kew, Mortlake and Barnes following the loop of the river. The area and towns surrounding it are very attractive, and boast many fine examples of Tudor and Georgian architecture.
List of districts
- East Sheen
- Hampton Hill
- Hampton Wick
- St Margarets
- Strawberry Hill
Attractions, parks and open spaces
Parks take up a great deal of the borough and include Richmond Park, Bushy Park, Kew Gardens, and Hampton Court Park. There are over 100 parks and open spaces within its boundary and 21 miles (34 km) of river frontage. 140 hectares within the borough are designated as part of the Metropolitan Green Belt.
The borough is also home to the National Physical Laboratory and the attractions of Hampton Court Palace, Twickenham Stadium and the WWT London Wetlands Centre draw both domestic and international tourism.
In December 2006, Sport England published a survey which revealed that residents of Richmond upon Thames were the second most active in England in sports and other fitness activities. 29.8% of the population participate at least three times a week for 30 minutes.
The borough was formed in 1965 by the merger of the Municipal Borough of Twickenham from Middlesex with the Municipal Borough of Richmond and the Municipal Borough of Barnes from Surrey; council offices were centred at York House in Twickenham. The name 'Richmond upon Thames' was coined at that time; it is now commonly but inaccurately used to refer to Richmond only.
The borough is connected to central London by the National Rail services of South West Trains. The London Underground, District Line, serves Richmond and Kew Gardens stations: both are also served by London Overground trains on the North London Line.
List of stations
The other stations are:
- Barnes Bridge
- Hampton Wick
- North Sheen
- St Margarets
- Strawberry Hill
Richmond upon Thames is the local education authority for the borough, and has responsibility for 52 schools.
Sport and leisure
The borough has a Non-League football club Hampton & Richmond Borough F.C. who play at Beveree Stadium. The Twickenham Stadium hosts rugby internationals and the Twickenham Stoop is home to the Harlequins Rugby Team and London Broncos rugby league team.
Richmond Rugby Club are also active and share their grounds with London Scottish. The Richmond Minis is a large youth rugby organisation whilst the Richmond Heavies organise games for more veteran players.
Cricket is played in many locations around the borough including Ham Common, Richmond Green and Kew Green.
The River Thames flows through the borough and there are a number of sailing and rowing clubs located along it.
Richmond's swimming pools, Pools on the Park, are located on Twickenham Road close to the town centre. The outdoor pool is open in the summer months only.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames|
- Richmond upon Thames Council
- Richmond & Twickenham Times online
- Richmond Online Communities website
- Totally Richmond website
- Visit Richmond
- Your Richmond
- Library Local History Notes on houses and persons mentioned.
- Hampton & Richmond Borough Football Club
- Richmond Theatre
- Free Richmond Virtual Simulation