31 January 2010
30 January 2010
In some ways Ormeley Lodge is no more grand or impressive than many of the other lodges in the area but what edges it towards the top of the league, if not to the top spot, is the contrasting red brick that warms the front of the house.
29 January 2010
Another hidden corner of Ham is that section of Ham Common Woods that lies north of Ham Gate Avenue and is bounded by Richmond Park and Richmond Golf Club. Here a pool of still water mirrors the trees and bushes that surround it.
24 January 2010
Cowper Road is the first cousin to its next door neighbour Beard Road and the family resemblance is obvious; both have short rows of attractive houses with plenty of open space between them. It is that that qualifies them both to make the proud claim of being in Ham.
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23 January 2010
22 January 2010
The feeling that you have moved from Kingston to Richmond as you walk up Latchmere Lane hits you as soon as you come to Beard Road where a splendid clutch of silver birches decorate the urban landscape. It's like listening to Beethoven's 9th when the chorus suddenly bursts into life.
21 January 2010
As Church Road curls sharply away from barbaric North Kingston, preferring instead the peace of Richmond Park, it passes the almost unnoticed Wilmer House whose presence is announced with little bravado by a pair of simple gates that just hint at what might be found at the end of the drive.
Some intelligent Googling will give you some idea of who lives there. It's a discrete person who prefers to live in the shadows.
20 January 2010
I am not entirely sure where the south east boundary of Ham is, or should be. I tend to think of Church Road as the boundary but the Borough of Richmond upon Thames extends down Latchmere Lane to encompass Cowper and Beard Roads and this area certainly feels like Ham with its interesting open spaces between the short smart rows of houses.
19 January 2010
18 January 2010
Almost concealed by a bright flapping tarpaulin is a new arrival to the Wilderness at Ham House. I'll reserve judgement until it is finally exposed but the omens are not good. Not only are the classic pillars inappropriate but the building blocks the long vista that stretches from Ham House all the way across Ham Common and so devalues the work done in opening up Melancholy Walk and Great South Avenue. It also lessens the Wilderness by giving it a focus that it does not want or need, it's meant to be a wilderness!
17 January 2010
16 January 2010
The photo I took a couple of years ago of the former All Saints Church in Bute Avenue, Petersham showed the exquisite decoration at the front of the house. Now winter has stripped the trees in Richmond Park you can see the scale and grandeur of the building. It is possibly my favourite house in Petersham.
14 January 2010
12 January 2010
11 January 2010
While it is good news that Sudbrook Park Mansion is still with us, and in fine physical form too, it is less good that it now works as a lowly golf club and hides its shameful occupation behind high walls. Peering over one of these walls from Richmond Park gives a hint of former glories.
9 January 2010
Ham Farm Road is host to a motley collection of relatively modern homes of mixed architectural merit that are worth a close look as you stroll leisurely along the road that does not really go anywhere.
This house is a melee of shapes that collude well to produce a house that is interesting without straying into the bizarre, rather like a late Beethoven string quartet.
8 January 2010
7 January 2010
The little used front door to Oak Lodge is in Upper Ham Road but the busy side door is round the corner in Ham Farm Road. There is more to this attractive house than is shown here but there is a car parked just to the right of the picture which ruins the view, as all cars do. I have been hoping from a long while to walk past when there are no cars in the way but this has never happened and finally I've settled for this partial view.
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4 January 2010
3 January 2010
One of the wildest corners of Ham Lands is also the muddiest, and is all the more gorgeous for that. It lies just to the East of the path between Ham House and the river. A little-used path crosses these fields as it crawls towards Petersham where it joins Douglas Footpath.
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2 January 2010
1 January 2010
Gordon House is my favourite building on Ham Common because it is a a grand Georgian house that looks just like a grand Georgian house should look. It also has the advantage of facing directly towards Ham Pond. And the chimneys are cute too.