Ham Common hosts football games on Sundays at the moment. Last weekend there were two organised games on at the same time, either side of the avenue of trees leading to Ham House. This is the game on the north side with the New Inn in the background. In the foreground is one of the new trees planted to fill gaps in the avenue mentioned earlier.
26 March 2007
Hidden in the wilds of Ham Lands is the Thames Young Mariners sailing centre. This photo was taken from the river path which is the only place that you can see it from. TYM splits Ham Lands into two parts and to get round it you either have to go on the river path or up to Ashburnham Road.
19 March 2007
17 March 2007
There are not that many blocks of flats in Ham, and most of those are clustered together in the middle, but these are in Hardwicke Road. This picture is taken from the footpath from Teddington Lock.
13 March 2007
Ham has a broad mix of houses, from the small blocks of social housing dotted around the area to the various mansions clustered around Ham Common. This is part of the Wates Estate which covers the large middle-ground of good family homes.
The Wates Estate was built on newly drained land on the east edge of Ham in the 1960s and follows Riverside Drive around the large curve in the river.
The houses themselves are quite attractive but what makes the estate special is the layout which carefully avoids straight lines and has lots of little green areas, like this one, that are nicely landscaped. There are also plenty of paths between the various roads so pedestrians can pass through the estate easily while cars are kept out of the way.
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10 March 2007
Next door to the newest house on Ham Common (when this was taken), Forbes House, is this rather impressive older one, Langham House. Of the two, Langham House looks more at home on the Common with its dark brick, neat wall and mature garden.
9 March 2007
This is looking down Lock Road towards Teddington, which is the newer end of the road. In contrast to the cottages at the Ham Common end, here we have typical between war houses in two main styles; with and without bay windows upstairs. In the distance you can see the even more recent block of flats in Hardwicke Road.
Lock Road slips gently from the south-west corner of Ham Common towards Teddington Lock. The buildings vary greatly along the road and get newer (and less interesting) as you move away from the Common.
These cottages are typical of those on the north side of the road at the Ham Common end. Facing them are smaller cottages arranged in terraces rather than pairs.
3 March 2007
When the borough boundaries were last reviewed, around 1992, some changes were made to Ham with the Parade and Parkleys being moved wholly into Richmond from Kingston (RBK).
The lower shaded area shows how the borough boundary used to cross Ham Parade and the upper shaded area shows how the boundary used to cut through Parkleys (which had not been built when the boundaries had been drawn) and even went through some of the blocks.
There is no material impact from the change though there is some confusion caused by the post codes staying the same so, for example, shops on Ham Parade have a KT2 post code which suggests that they are in Kingston.
The new boundaries still have some anomalies. On the far left of the picture you can see that Kingston still claims the north side of Dukes Avenue. The reason for this is that there is a Kingston school just along along the road there and they wanted to keep the Kingston school in Kingston, though I note that elsewhere in the Borough, Kingston's Green Lane School is actually in Sutton.
This new house is on Ham Farm Road which goes along the south side of Ham Common Woods. The other houses in the road were built in the 1950's and have a distinctly modern look too but they are constructed with brick and wood so look quite traditional when compared to this newer arrival.
On the north west and north east corners of Ham Common are little green areas separated from the main part of the common by the road that goes around it. This is the green on the north west, the road is the other side of the line of trees on the left and the building in the centre is Thomas Aquinas RC Church.
This picture from Google Earth shows clearly how green Ham is. The green triangle in the centre of the picture is the formal part of Ham Common and the wooded area to its left is the wild part of the common that leads up to Richmond Park. The other large green areas are school grounds, a golf course and the grounds of the Cassell Hospital.
Ham Parade is at the bottom of the picture, slightly to the right of the centre. The road it is on goes between Kingston and Richmond.
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