30 April 2008
The "Ancient Lights" sign intrigues me as I have absolutely no idea what it means so it adds a certain mystery as well as clutter to this wall off Petersham Road, which makes it look as though this is a deliberate collection of odd things to put on walls.
29 April 2008
28 April 2008
This is the first view you get of the Wates Estate (Ashburnham Road) as you emerge from Ham Lands by Thames Young Mariners. It is reassuring to find a familiar landmark after wandering through the maze of paths in Ham Lands with no real idea of which direction you are walking in.
Just off Teddington Lock there used to be a superb place for children to play on their bikes with a big "U" shaped dip that they could easily whiz down one side and free-wheel up the other, going the other way was much harder! This was safe for the children (I went down it with a toddler on the back of my bike) and was far enough away from the path not to interfere with pedestrians but Richmond Council did not like the idea of children speeding on bikes and they cruelly filled the dip in. The kids have retreated back from the path just a few meters and have created this BMX track to play on instead.
27 April 2008
26 April 2008
25 April 2008
This view of Teddington Lock gives some idea of its size. In the foreground is one of the open downstream gates and in the distance are the closed middle gates. The downstream gates are normally kept open and are only used when the full length of the lock is required, for most of the time only the smaller section between the upstream gates and the middle gates is used.
More photos like this teddington_lock
24 April 2008
23 April 2008
The stretch of river between Ham House and River Lane attracts many walkers and cyclists because it is a pretty place with good access. What some of these visitors do not realise is how often the tide covers large parts of the tow path and how quickly it does this. This is the slipway at the bottom of Ham Street and just a minute or so before I took this picture I was standing on it watching the water surround me before making a last-second leap for dry land.
These neat and tidy semis are well hidden in Petersham (I saw them for the first time this week!) in the section of Sandpits Road that shies away from the prospect of joining Meadlands Drive, choosing instead to curl in to a little cul-de-sac that nestles next to The Russell School.
More photos like this petersham
22 April 2008
The area in front of Ham House floods a little on every reasonably high tide, i.e. several times a month which makes the path to/from the river (crossing left to right in the middle of the picture) rather wet but it is usually passable with care. There are worrying stories that this path might be included in the monstrous London’s Arcadia project and a dry walkway installed, as one has nearby and is also proposed for Douglas Footpath.
Now that the construction work has finally finished a lot of effort is being put in to selling the flats at Morgans on Ham Common. I suspect that the sign will be there for quite a while given the current state of the housing market and the prices that they are asking.
This garage door is drained of any colour that it may have once had which may explain why it hides itself behind the shops on Ham Parade. Which is a shame really as I think that it has aged nicely and should not be ashamed of how it looks.
21 April 2008
This is Melancholy Walk leading towards Ham House (just visible in the distance in the gap between the trees) with The Copse on the right. At the moment the grass is growing exuberantly next to the path and this adds to the wild and natural look. Sadly I expect Richmond Council to cut this back before too long, they do not seem to like natural things.
20 April 2008
18 April 2008
16 April 2008
Ham Parade forms the south-east boundary of Ham. Behind the shops there is an access road and in that there is a row of garages and behind them there is this little used path. The backs of the garages are on the right of the picture and on the left are the boundary fences for houses in Barnfield Avenue, North Kingston.
15 April 2008
The Ham Amenities Group garden on the corner of Ham Common and Upper Ham Road provides a welcome respite from the bustle. Here you can sit on one of the benches and enjoy the tranquil garden while the traffic buzzes by nervously but out of reach.
14 April 2008
Superficially the two sides of Ham Parade are much the same but when you go behind the shops the difference is much greater. This is the rear of the shops on the east side of the parade with bold white steps up to the flats above them. This side of Ham Parade is much more orderly and the access road is properly surfaced. Some of the shops have large extensions at the back which means that, again, they all look much the same from the front but are quite different inside.
More photos like this ham_parade
St Thomas Aquinas Church on Ham Common looks every inch a Victorian school, which I presume it once was. This is one of the windows that faces on to Ham Street and, clearly, it needs some work doing to it.
13 April 2008
12 April 2008
The cable laying works that have snaked their way up Riverside Drive then Dukes Avenue have now arrived at the main junction with Richmond Road causing havok with the traffic. The works have also taken out of action the 371 bus stop and the new pedestrian crossing at Northweald Lane that was completed only the day before it was closed.
Ham House is best approached from Melancholy Walk that leads you to this magnificent gate and a view through to the house across the gardens. Sadly you cannot get in that way, the only entrance being at the front.