27 January 2008
26 January 2008
A hole has recently appeared in the fence in Craig Road that forms the rear boundary of the Cassel Hospital site so, obviously I looked through it! Not sure what I was expecting to see but two old rubbish bins was not it.
Normally I am a fan of garage doors, even the lines of them in blocks of social housing, but I think that mock Tudor is taking things too far. Not only is there leaded glass in the windows but the door panels are also decorated.
The doors are salvaged, as far as I am concerned, by the mess that surrounds them, such as the cutely wonky drain pipes. Take a stroll down Sudbrook Gardens if you would like a closer look at these.
This is another plot of land that has the appearance of having been left over when all the houses were finished. This one is in the Wates Estate, near Bank Willow (I think!), and is quite well hidden by the hedge that almost completely surrounds it. Again it seems to serve no purpose but that only adds to its charm.
25 January 2008
Like most new developments, Royal Park Gate is not designed for people. The roads are all dead-ends and, unlike the between-the-wars housing nearby, there are no alleyways between them. This means that to get anywhere you have to walk a reasonable distance to one of the exits. The residents at the far end of Northweald Lane did not like this so they constructed a gate that gives them access to the open land by the river. Of course they do not want other people to take advantage of this short cut so the gate is locked. They also planted the conifers that now obscure Northweald Lane from passers by. I'm glad that I don't live there!
This is the wall around the garden at Ham House. Clearly there used to be a small gate here that has been bricked in. Further along the path is a bigger gate which is still there but which is never opened.
23 January 2008
Two weeks into the works in Great South Avenue, as part of the London Arcadia project, and the only sign of anything being done is that some new fencing has arrived. The notice on the top asks people not to steal the fencing. We'll see what happens!
22 January 2008
This little green on Northweald Lane, next to the cycle path, gives the appearance of filling up a bit of unused space after all the houses were built. It is not unattractive but serves no real purpose. I think that it would be a good place to have some public art, such as the statue in Parkleys.
21 January 2008
The former Post Office is in Petersham Road, just north of Ham Common. I wanted to take a picture of this sign earlier in the year but, as you can probably guess, the wisteria obscures it for most of the year - which I think is a shame.
20 January 2008
One of the reasons that Royal Park Gate feels such a part of Ham to me is that, like the other developments (Parkleys, Wates, etc.) , the landscaping is an integral part of the design. This is particularly true along the cycle route that goes through the middle of the development.
19 January 2008
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17 January 2008
16 January 2008
New Road is one of my vary favourite roads to walk along as it is the most attractive way to approach, or leave, Ham Common, and I walk to/from Ham Common rather a lot! This collection of cats is in the window is one of the things to look out for.
15 January 2008
There are various views on where the boundaries of Ham are and, as this is my blog, I get to choose what to include and what to exclude from Ham Photos. The Google Earth image on the top right shows the boundaries that I am using. The River Thames and Richmond Park are not disputed, the question is over the southern border. My view is that the border of Ham is the Hawker Centre as it is a clear area of open space between Ham and North Kingston. This means that the newish development of Royal Park Gate, built around 1996, is included in Ham as far as I am concerned. This picture shows the approach to Royal Ham Gate as you walk across Ham Lands from Dysart Avenue. The houses that you can see here are in Biggin Hill Close.
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14 January 2008
I love the mix of plants in the front garden of Magnolia Cottage in New Road. There are different shades of green, different shapes and different heights, all of which adds interest to what is quite a small area. The odd splash of colour and the backdrop of the painted brick wall help too.
13 January 2008
I have posted a few pictures of the Denes over the last year or so as it was being built but now that it is finished I am able to walk around and take some close-up shots. I took this one to show the nice, if not very original, combination of brickwork, rendering, railings and window frames. Sadly these fine features are let down by the large expanse of wood in the middle of the building. These are the doors to, I presume, store rooms (there is separate storage for bins and bicycles). The wood is far too bright for the rest of the building and your eye is really drawn to the doors as you approach the building, rather than to the nice detail elese where or even to the entrance. The wood used across the top of the doors is far nicer.
12 January 2008
It's the contrasts that I like here. The house, in New Road, is a typical cottage for the area, nothing special, but they have made the most of its appearance by painting it a bright white and contrasting this with a luscious red front door and a few decorative pots and plants.
8 January 2008
Ham Gate Avenue is a straight route between Ham Common and Richmond Park (Ham Gate). The wild part of Ham Common, sometimes called Ham Common Woods, is all along the south side (on the right here) and also on part of the north side towards the park.
5 January 2008
There are two paths along the river between the footbridge at Teddington Lock and Lower Ham Road in North Kingston, and the path that is next to the river is about a metre lower. This ramp by Dysart Avenue provides easy access between the two paths.