16 August 2017

Rebuilding 21 Sudbrook Gardens


Most of 21 Sudbrook Gardens was demolished and now the replacement building is taking shape. The hoardings are substantial but enough of the new house sticks up above them for the scale of it to be seen and it is clearly bigger than the house it replaces.



The lock in the gates serves as a handy peephole and is also large enough to push a pocket camera through. So I did, though the large vehicle to the left still blocked the view of part of the house. Perhaps I will have better luck next time.

15 August 2017

Chinese bridge


I have wanted to show this bridge for several years but every time I had trekked to the far end of Cedar Heights there has been something preventing me, usually the light, and so I was pleased to get this one. It is not perfect by any means but it will do.

Unfortunately the bridge goes nowhere and Cedar Heights is a frustrating no-through-road. Bute Avenue lies just beyond the bridge and it would be lovely to connect those two roads.

14 August 2017

Linden House


Linden House is on Ham Street just north of its junction with Sandy Lane. It can be easily overlooked because it has Beaufort House nearby and The Manor House opposite, which is a shame as it is a delightful building in its own right. That is especially true when the white paint has been redone and the sun is shining.

13 August 2017

Behind Lawrence Road


Many roads in Ham have paths that run behind the houses and I like to explore them even though they often have dead ends that force me to retrace my steps. This path runs behind Lawrence Road on the north side and also goes nowhere, unlike the similar path on the south side, off Langham Gardens, that rejoins Lawrence Road.

12 August 2017

Put out more flags


I have used the heading "Put out more flags" before and I like it so much that I am using it again. It is, of course, a homage to Evelyn Waugh.

These flags are in the middle of Parkleys (the development) where Marlow, Spenser and Brooke Courts meet. This is my favourite part of Parkleys because of the courtyards between the block. The picture above is taken from one of those courtyards looking south. Parkleys (the road) is just past the hedges in the centre of the picture.



This is taken from the middle of the previous picture and is looking back towards where that was taken. Here the row of country flags continues so give us places like Slovakia and Spain.

11 August 2017

Garden at Glencorse in Church Road


The shop of the same name has gone from Ham Parade but Glencorse the house is still there on Church Road and its front garden looked particularly attractive this day. The house is quite nice too though it fails to stand out in a road with several impressive houses.

10 August 2017

Resurfacing Ham Parade and Upper Ham Road


Not a great picture because it was dark and raining but I wanted to log the work for future reference. That is how I know that the stretch of road to the north of this was resurfaced in March 2014 and Dukes Avenue in August the same year.

9 August 2017

Connecting South Corner


I have been following the rebuilding of South Corner on Upper Ham Road since February (six months) and that has been an often frustrating time as on most of my walks past either the gates have been closed or their have been large vehicles parked on the long drive obstructing views of the house. Both of these were cleared, briefly, when the house was connected to the mains running along the road.

The trench and pipes were interesting enough in their own right and it was a bonus to see a roof starting to appear at the side of the house.

8 August 2017

New benches


I was expecting these benches to arrive but it was pure co-incidence that they were being installed as I was walking past. Just beyond the van a man was busy bolting down the second one. They are very welcome.

7 August 2017

Rebuilding The Russell


I have been trying to follow the extensive redevelopment of The Russell School in Petersham for many months but most of the development has been taking place in the middle of the large site and on the north side so can only be glimpsed through the tickets lining the track to Ham Polo.

Evidence of the construction works fills the site and this is the view from the main pedestrian entrance off Petersham Road.

6 August 2017

Remembering David Bowie


As somebody who bought the album Aladdin Sane on the day it came out I heartily approve of this homage to David Bowie.

5 August 2017

Bare ground


A lot of the development of Richmond Chase is still going on behind high boards but the work on the west of the site, facing Latchmere Close, has almost completed. The exteriors of the three blocks of flats are finished and now they are working on the area in front of them.

I hope that something interesting appears because, at the moment, it looks like a terraced street in an urban area thanks to the unimaginative uniformity of the frontages.

4 August 2017

Round window


I do not know how many windows there are in Royal Park Gate, a few thousand I guess, but I do know how many round windows there are. It's one. I am not impressed.

3 August 2017

Peels is no more


The small parade of shops on Ashburnham Road / Ham Street has had a few changes in recent years but Peels has been one of the constants. Until now.

It was a very specialised shop and I never had cause to go there though it was always something that I considered doing as I have plain glass in my front door. Now I will not have that chance.

At least the shop ended on a high. They provided the historical map of Ham that decorates one of the front windows in the new Ham Village Centre.

2 August 2017

Colourful house in Sheridan Road


Sheridan Road is not that well connected geographically and so I only walk along there once or twice a year. This time I was pleasantly surprised by this colourful house.

1 August 2017

Advance Warning


The loop train via Kingston is out of action for a month and Richmond Council have chosen this time to close the road to Richmond in the evening. I am not impressed.