28 February 2008
This door goes from Melancholy Walk in to the back of The Palm Centre in Ham Street. I am not sure if it is used very often, or at all, but it has a new bright-blue padlock which adds a delightful splash of newness and colour to contrast the old and faded door.
This is one of my very favourite houses in Ham. It lurks in Ham Farm Road where it tries to bury itself in Ham Common Woods. I took a picture of it last year but this time there was no car in front of the garage so I was able to get more of the front of the house in the shot.
26 February 2008
Three large vehicles were being used for these works on the junction of Dukes Avenue and Dysart Avenue, starting with a large hole behind the blue barrier. I guess it's part of the traffic calming measures but it seems like a lot of construction for just a raised pedestrian crossing.
24 February 2008
I had to sneak into the neighbouring garden to take this close-up of a decorative door frame in Petersham Road, but I think that the risk was worth it. This is one of the neat terrace of sunken cottages on the main road opposite Sudbrook Gardens.
23 February 2008
22 February 2008
This is the right end of the Cassel Hospital site, well away from the main building which is (now) at the left edge of the site as you look from Ham Common. This area has been left to grow wild but the recent addition of a fence alongside the hospital building suggests that this part of the site may also be redeveloped as housing.
The Spring rush of highways works includes replacing the pavement in Meadlands Drive. Here you can also see another grassy area that reinforces the overall perception of Ham that it is a few houses struggling for space against overwhelming masses of trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses.
21 February 2008
20 February 2008
A small part of the southern part of Ham lies in the borough of Kingston upon Thames (the boundary was artificially bent to include Dysart School in Kingston) and they are wasting money on implementing traffic calming in roads where traffic is not a problem, such as Northweald Lane.
18 February 2008
17 February 2008
There seem to be more fences sprouting up than Spring flowers at the moment! This fence is on the horse field by the path that goes down the side of Ham House to the river. I like the little decoration in the fence but hope they are going to do something to reduce the bright colour.
More photos like this fences/walls/railings
16 February 2008
15 February 2008
Petersham Road is like a sandwich with a middle layer of big but boring 1930s houses in between two layers of small but attractive cottages. This cottage is in the upper layer, i.e. north of Sandy Lane, and I chose it because the porch has all sorts of interesting lines, not all of which are vertical or horizontal.
The Wilderness (part of the rear garden at Ham House) is being worked on. Here we can see one of the grass paths that has been repaired so that the colour of it makes even more of an impact than the green plastic fencing used to keep people off it.
14 February 2008
St Peter's Church is accessed via the narrow road that leads to Petersham Nurseries and also from a footpath that runs around the graveyard, from where I took this photo.
The most famous grave here is that of George Vancouver and, to my shame, I learnt this from an in-flight announcement on my way back from Vancouver! When I mentioned this famous local down the pub I discovered that everybody knew about his local connections except me and that Vancouver Day celebrations where held in some of the local schools.
13 February 2008
This is part of the awning at The Bistro on Ham Parade. The Bistro is quite a good example of an old fashioned English cafe (no accent on the "e") with a menu that includes some more modern dishes too, e.g. things that include mozzarella cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, and it's even better now that it is smoke free. It's just a shame that the sign writer has no idea of what the plural of coffee is.
12 February 2008
11 February 2008
One of the early signs of work in Great South Avenue is the new railings along the boundary with Grey Court School. They are not very exciting railings but they are better than the chain-link fence that they replace. There used to a gap in the fence just here that children used as a short-cut into the school but that has now been taken away from them.
I seem to have taken lots of photographs of doors this month! This is another one from the cottages in Petersham Road just north of Ham Common. The sign above the door is a fascinating glimpse into the history of the area but the house itself needs some TLC to bring it up to the standard of its neighbours.
10 February 2008
This is about half of one side of Ham Common, starting with Forbes House on the left and tracking north-west to the trees by Ham Pond. Next to Forbes House is a brand new house, still under construction, that already looks a natural part of the area.
9 February 2008
8 February 2008
The beer garden at the New Inn can be accessed from the pub or from this side gate on Petersham Road. The sign is a lot more attractive than the garden which is basically just a paved area with standard pub benches.
Lawrence Road, between Dukes Avenue and Lock Road, is one of those roads that does not really go anywhere so it has no through traffic and is a pleasant, quiet road as a result.
Its attractiveness is helped by a small cluster of mature trees standing in a grassy corner just as the road bends.
7 February 2008
There was a power cut on Tuesday that effected Ham Parade and the surrounding area for a few hours. The traffic lights at the main Richmond Road / Tudor Drive / Dukes Avenue junction were out but the traffic seemed to flow OK, though it probably helped that it was during the day and not at one of the peak times. The shops that could operate without electricity did so and managed their tills using pen and paper.
6 February 2008
You cannot get much more industrial that corrugated iron, and I like industrial! These temporary buildings are in one of the corners of the Cassel Hospital site and the green one claims to be the Riverside Mental Health Trust Estate Management Site Hut.
5 February 2008
4 February 2008
I hope that it works out in the end but so far the "improvement" works in Great South Avenue consist mostly of cutting down mature trees. The logs are being left behind to house beetles etc. and the chippings cover most of the area so what is actually a path looks more like a saw-mill.
This house in Beaufort Road stands out like a sore thumb due to the overindulgence in powder blue paint.
3 February 2008
The scaffolding on Morgans (on Ham Common) is starting to come down, revealing more of the development as it goes so, and the work looks to be almost completed. For some reason they are leaving tidying up the front of the development to last so it is still unsafe to go on to the site to pry further.
Hornchurch Close in Royal Park Gate is one of the nicer parts of the development. The houses have different finishes and are arranged along curves to avoid the straight lines of identical looking houses that blight many developments, including most of North Kingston. There is limited space in the front of the houses but here the owners have managed to make the most of this through imaginative planting.