21 July 2017

New gate in Ham Street


A while ago I posted a picture of the work in progress of the gate into Palm Centre from Ham Street and now that it is finished it looks like a job very well done. The gate itself is firmly built and the black colour helps it to hide while the wall has been neatly rebuilt to accommodate it.

19 July 2017

A new house in Bainbridge Close


The boarding had been there for a while and now a house has started to appear behind it. This is in Bainbridge Close just as it branches off Latchmere Close. It is an unusually shaped plot with several trees in it which may be why it took so long for something to be built there.



From what can be seen so far, it is a far more handsome property than Latchmere Lodge which occupies the part of the site that fronts on to Church Road.

17 July 2017

Remembering Royal Oak


What was Royal Oak is now Ham Village Centre (HVC). It is good to see the building back in use and that the people behind HVC are keen on local history. As part of this the pub sign has been kept and has been given a prominent place in the courtyard garden.

15 July 2017

Weathervane off Lock Road


I hope that this is a new weathervane otherwise I am not sure how I missed it before.

It is on a shed behind a house in Lock Road and can be seen from the lane that leads to the surgery and then the pumping station.

13 July 2017

Something is happening along the towpath


Two areas in the verge between the upper and lower paths by Royal Park Gate have been cleared in preparation for something. It could be benches and it could be flowers. We will see.

11 July 2017

The latest Huf Haus rises


I live close to Ham Farm Road and at the moment I am walking along there often to check on progress on the third Huf Haus in the area. It is now poking boldly over the boarding and already it looks comfortable in its surroundings.



Looking the other way, from Parkleys, it can be seen how the new house has been sited to fit in around the existing trees which will help to preserve the character of the area.

9 July 2017

Converting shops to offices


The shops at the North-West end of Ham Parade have featured several times in the years that I have been recording changes in the area because the shops there have always struggled due to their being somewhat separated from the other shops and getting far fewer passers-by as a result.

Now the owner of the properties has conceded defeat that the two shops are becoming two cottages, which I presume is an euphemism for small houses.

7 July 2017

A tidy house in Petersham


I presume that the postal address of this house is in Meadow Close but I took the picture from the end of Ashfield Close so it could be there.

Clearly it has been repainted recently and that is what caught my attention. The setting with the trees just made things better. 

5 July 2017

An exuberance of signs


As some of these signs explain, Bainbridge Close (off Latchmere Close/Church Road) is a private road and it is also gated so the for sale signs have to cluster outside making a colourful mess.

3 July 2017

Ham Pumping Station


For some reason the narrow footpath that goes behind the North-West side of Mead Road has been cleared for the first time in my memory and that has opened up new perspectives on Ham Pumping Station.

This is the East end of the site with Redknap House in Cleves Road in the background.



The back of the main building looks as marvellously industrial as it should with its functional brick wall, battered doors and weathered vents. I also love the little sign on the door which reads, "Supply Authority's Metering".

1 July 2017

Fitting in


I have recently made some derogatory comments about one new wall in Petersham Road for not following the style of the street and I thought that I would balance it with one that has.

This wall is clearly brand new so the colour does not yet match the weathered brick of the rest of the street but the semi-circular shapes are exactly right.

29 June 2017

Aftermath of an accident


I have not seen any official statistics but it is my impression, living in the locality, that there have been fewer accidents in Ham Parade in recent years. It is a relatively dangerous area because of the major junction (Ham Cross) at the South end, the chicane and junction with Ham Common at the North end and the pedestrians crossing along the length of the parade so the reduction in accidents is welcome.

So it came of something of a surprise to heard about an accident on the Parade this week the aftermath of which can still be seen in the North-East corner, next to Parkleys.

22 June 2017

Interesting house in Cedar Heights


I have been spending more time tan usual in the Cedar Heights / Ashfield Close enclave recently as I have been watching a new house being built there and while that is depressingly dull it is surrounded by several houses that are interesting, such as number 6.

There are a couple of other houses there that I want to capture for this digital record but they will have to wait until I am lucky enough to catch them without cars parked outside. Nothing spoils the appearance of a house more than a car on the drive.

19 June 2017

Replacing trees at Cassel Hospital


I was concerned when the trees at the front of Cassel Hospital were removed recently so it was very pleasing to see them replaced not long afterwards. They are a little spindly at the moment but they are a good height and, if looked after (particularly during this dry Summer), then they should soon be flourishing.

16 June 2017

Hawkco on Ham Parade


The demise of the Village Supermarket has seen its sign partially removed to reveal some local history. Hawco is one of the many names that this shop has had in the past.

14 June 2017

Preparing the ground


I had to peek through a hole in one of the gates to take this picture and it was worth it. This is the site of what will soon be another Huf Haus, this time in Ham Farm Road and preparations are well underway for the superstructure that is due to arrive later this month.

12 June 2017

Refurbishment in Back Lane


This house in Back Lane was always distinctive because of the high wooden fence that obscured the ground floor. I thought that the fence was going when the house was substantially refurbished recently but it was replaced with an almost identical one and now it looks much the same as it always did only a lot cleaner and fresher.

9 June 2017

A new sign for The Hand and Flower


I was not sure whether the revamped Hand and Flower would retain its name or try something new as it did when it was the Legless Frog and now that question has been answered. A wooden plaque has appeared with a new logo and the old name.

7 June 2017

Vote Labour


Election time floods the area with signs extolling us to vote for a particular party or candidate and in some places, such as along Petersham Road, there is a visible battle for supremacy. That battle interests me little but I do enjoy the defiance and the colour of the few Labour posters that go up.

The one above can be seen in Ham Gate Avenue though the house that it belongs to is in Sudbrook Gardens.



Another prominent sign is in Lock Road where it is positioned to face up busy Craig Road.

5 June 2017

Major changes for The Hand and Flower


Time is very relative in this blog; I took this picture on 3 May, I am writing this post on 6 May and it will appear on 5 June, by which time The Hand and Flower will probably look very different and may well be called something else.

Apparently it is to become a Korean Restaurant and bar and is to be more upmarket. Obviously the Legless Frog tried something similar with little success but they put less effort (and money) into transforming the building which left them trying to convince us that the lean-to conservatory at the back was a cosy French restaurant.

I know little about Korean food but will give it a try, assuming there are some vegetarian options, and I'll certainly give the bar a try too.

3 June 2017

Sight screens on Ham Common


I was somewhat surprised when on one of my regular walks across Ham Common (23 April) I saw some construction work going on on the middle of the Common. I went back later to see what they had done and found this row of holes recovered with grass squares.

From their location is was obvious they they were there to provide support for sight screens. I always make sure not to move behind the bowler's arm but not everybody is aware of that rule.



A couple of weeks later, 6 May, I saw the sight screens in action. Also clearly visible was the new and very white boundary rope which I hope will encourage more people to respect cricket's role on the Common.

1 June 2017

Pretty new fence in Ham Farm Road


The far end of Ham Farm Road is a cul-de-sac and, despite that, I often venture down there out of curiosity. That curiosity was rewarded when one of the neat little houses there acquired this neat little fence.

30 May 2017

Fortune House


Fortune House sits proudly on the corner of New Road and Craig Road and has this modest nameplate on the Craig Road side. The ivy had just been hacked back substantially to reveal the sign which deserves to be seen.

28 May 2017

A house waits its fate


Many of the houses in Sudbrook Gardens have been substantial updated, and extended, in recent years and this is one of the exceptions. It looks quite sad, almost as if it knows that somebody will see this as an opportunity site and the existing house just an obstacle to be got rid of.

Whatever the fate of the house I hope that the quirky blue gates remain.

26 May 2017

Another lost garden in Petersham


I have nothing against the extension to this house on Clifford Road where it meets Meadlands Drive but I do not like the way that the garden has been replaced with a uniform impervious brick. A patter in two colours would have been better and leaving some space for planting would have been better still.

24 May 2017

Glasshouses at The Palm Centre


At the far end of the newly opened section of The Palm Centre in Ham Street are the remains of an old glasshouse. It is somewhat dilapidated now but still exudes industrial charm. Not shown here are the gaps under the floor that I presumed were used to heat the building.



In contrast, this is one of the modern glasshouses in the main part of The Palm Centre, which I find equally charming.

22 May 2017

The new Russell School takes shape


The new Russell School buildings have been quite some time in coming and they are finally taking shape.

I last took a picture of the construction just over a year ago and then all that existed was a metal shell.  That gave some idea of the scale of the new building and the addition of the walls and roof means that we now know what it will look like, at least when viewed from among the brambles along the lane leading to Ham Polo.

20 May 2017

Weathervane at Ham Manor


I have simply no idea how this weathervane escaped my notice until now. I can only assume that either somebody has sneakily installed it recently or I had seen it before and assumed that it had already be included in the blog.

It resides on one of the buildings at Ham Manor in Ham Street, but not the main one.

18 May 2017

A grand wall for a modest house


It is hard to describe this wall without using the word pretentious. Most of the properties along this stretch of Petersham Road have low brisk walls, often with an undulating top. Only this house has gone for the Full Monty with large brick pillars, stone finials and gold-topped railings. The overall effect is completely out of keeping with the house and the rest of the street.

Regular readers (there are some!) may remember that this house also featured here a few months ago for having a very boring front garden.

16 May 2017

Wisteria in Wiggins Lane


Wisteria is one of the defining features of Ham and many houses use it to add Spring colour. One of the very best examples, and always worth several visits, is in Wiggins Lane off Ham Street.

14 May 2017

Something ugly in Cedar Heights


I have been worried about this new house in Cedar Heights for some time because of the simplicity of the design - it still looks as thought it were drawn by a child. I reserved final judgement until it was finished in case some decorative features rescued it from its unbearable blandness but, if anything, the plain white finish has made it even worse.

It is a real shame as one of the areas more interesting and attractive modern buildings is directly opposite it.

All I can hope is that they build a large wall in front of it. Or paint flowers all over it.

12 May 2017

Neat house in Sudbrook Gardens


I took a picture of this house a few years ago and it justifies a second appearance because of the way that the garden set it off so wonderfully this time. It made me stop as I was walking past (to check on the house demolition at the end of the road) and I wanted to share that moment.

10 May 2017

The Palm Centre has expanded


I have always liked the Palm Centre and I pop in there from time to time just to enjoy the plants, glasshouses and garden ornaments. When I visit I explore every corner and on a recent visit I found that there were now even more corners to explore.

There always was a separate planting area almost hidden away in the north-west corner and when I went into that I discovered another large planting area off of that one. Ham Street lies beyond the brick wall at the back.



This section of the Palm Centre is vast and I have tried to show that in these pictures. At the far end they reach almost up to Orangery café at Ham House.

8 May 2017

House demolished in Ham Farm Road


Last time I took this picture, just a couple of weeks ago, the house was still visible above the boarding and now it has gone. It will be June before the new Huf Haus starts to appear in its place.

7 May 2017

Battered doors at Petersham Grange


I've featured Petersham Grange before because it is a distinctive and attractive house and I like this battered door too. The main entrance, just to the left, is wide and ungated so this door is not used.

6 May 2017

New box and hatch door


Just as the path leaves Parkleys heading for Church Road the entrance to Beechrow is on the right and on the left this large box and hatch have just appeared. They are just beyond the smaller box and hatch door that have been there for many years and which I once managed to look in to.

5 May 2017

Vetech Motor Services


The old signs for Vetech Motor Services were tatty and broken so they deserve to be replaced. The red makes the new signs very bold and eye-catching, especially for anyone waiting at the 371 bus stop opposite or emerging from Northweald Lane.

4 May 2017

New gate in an old wall


A new gate is being built into the long and old wall that encompasses large parts of the Ham House estate at the east end of Ham Street. Behind the wall lies the Palm Centre.

3 May 2017

Brash signs at the gym


The gym at the north-west end of Ham Parade has acquired some brash new signs that are somewhat out of keeping with the brick buildings. It is hard to avoid them when walking past, which I guess is the point.

2 May 2017

139 Petersham Road


I like the way that every time that 139 Petersham Road has added new house numbers that they have left the old ones there. It is an interesting history of fonts and fashions.

1 May 2017

Stunning window at Ham Village Centre


I am enjoying watching Ham Village Centre emerge from what was the Royal Oak on the corner of Ham Street and Sandy Lane. This window facing Ham Street is the most impressive feature so far.



Drawn into the window is a detailed historical map of the area and I find it impossible to walk past it without pausing to look at it.



This close-up shows just how detailed the map is. The public house (P.H.) in the centre of the photo is, obviously, the location of the Ham Village Centre.