23 March 2017

Something is happening in Bainbridge Close

Bainbridge Close has something of a mixed history. It was created from former prison land, playing fields I believe, and the far (southern) end became a small gated development of houses that always struck me as being a little sterile.

Then on the junction with Latchmere Close the hideous Latchmere Lodge appeared.

That left a thin strip of land unused and looking unusable, not least because of the substantial trees within it.

Then after several years some boarding appeared, and then got painted white, suggesting that something is indeed going to happen in that space.

22 March 2017

St Michaels from the Common

The former St Michael's Convent on Ham Common is mostly hidden from the outside world by mature trees and it is only in Winter that there is any sort of view. I suspect that this will change when the building changes its use as the new residents will want to be able to see the Common. Then it will be interesting to see how much this aspect of the building has changed.

21 March 2017

Busy weir

The weir is an important part of the complex that includes the prettier and more accessible Teddington Lock and the more dramatic footbridge so it is easy to overlook it. That would be a shame as industrial chic has its own charm.

There is something going on there at the moment. That is bringing more clutter to the weir and that is just the sort of clutter that I like. 

20 March 2017

Behind a new house

I had posted a couple of pictures of the front of this house on Ham Farm Road as it was being created from a garage and wanted to end the story with a view from the back. Luckily a lane leads past it.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the glass wall at the end. There is something similar by the entrance to the golf club that I also like.

18 March 2017

Replacing Ham Fruiterers

It has been quite a while since Ham Fruiterers sadly closed and the premises has been shut since then. Finally work has started on rebuilding it for its new role on the Parade.

16 March 2017

Camilla Cottage goes private

Having been on the market for as long as I can remember it looks as though Camilla Cottage on Upper Ham Road has new owners and they like their privacy. The front wall is now about twice the height that it was and the front gate has been made solid. It seems odd to me to buy a property that faces Ham Common and then to hide from it.

On the plus side, I quite like the finials (though they may be a touch grand for the house) and the house nameplate is suitably neat and unfussy.

14 March 2017

Rescuing a boat

Having recently posted a picture of a sunken boat next to Teddington Footbridge I was lucky enough to be walking over the bridge when several much larger boats arrived to perform a rescue operation.

12 March 2017

Demolishing a house in Sudbrook Gardens

I love the permeability of Ham and so I hate places like Sudbrook Gardens that are No Through Roads. The lack of another exit means that I do not walk down there too often but when I head that a house was being demolished I had to go to see it.

The house that is going is right at the end of the road and is right behind Sudbrook Lodge; that is Old Coach House in the top-right of the picture.

Sudbrook Gardens may not go anywhere but I will be visiting it quite often in coming months.