20 April 2018

Update on Richmond Chase


Progress at Richmond Chase seems to be slow but there is progress and on every visit, I go there every couple of weeks or so, there is something new to see, though these days I usually have to peek through the barriers to see it.

This time the progress was at the front and on the right with the large area of brick driveway, some more planting just beyond the barriers and beyond that a line of bin stores which failed to be mentioned in the promotional material.



One my next visit things had changed again with the brick driveway extended a lot further and a new (presumably temporary) fence to separate the houses that are still very much under construction from those that are almost finished. I hope that means that the barrier will be going soon and I will be able to walk down there.

19 April 2018

LS08 TBU parks badly in a bad place


The double yellow lines are there for a reason and the dropped kerb is there for a reason too but LS08 TBU ignores that and chooses to park badly in a bad place.

16 April 2018

Spring tides at Teddington Lock


There was a time, when the children were boys not men, that I checked the tide tables and went along the towpath when high tides were due but those days are now long-gone and I am as surprised as everyone else when I chance upon a particularly high tide.

I noticed this one as soon as I started crossing the footbridge from Teddington as the water was above the level of the weir making it redundant.



The tide was still coming in as I walked around the island and then along the towpath. Here you can see the ledge that boat people stand on when guiding their boats through the lock.



The Barge Lock looks a very full as the extra height widens the water and hides most of the construction. Only the stairs give a clue that there might be something in the water.

15 April 2018

Large slide at Shelley Court


I took a picture of Shelley Court when the scaffolding first arrived simple because I like scaffolding. And then this big slide arrived and I had to take another picture.

14 April 2018

Wet rabbits


As part of the Easter Celebration, some cuddly rabbits and a few teddy bears sat on the wall in front of Ham Library despite the steady rain.



They all got very wet and they look a little tired but they stayed out there anyway and I was very glad to see them.

13 April 2018

Quiet path


I use this short cut through Petersham quite regularly as it is far prettier and quieter than taking the main road that also lacks a pavement on one side as it passes Montrose House. Brick walls are always nice and here you have one on both sides. Then there are nice features like the white door and the vegetation climbing over the wall on the left.

12 April 2018

Rebuilding recommences


The rebuilding of 1 Upper Ham Road stalled for a while. Perhaps that was the plan, perhaps it was the snow, perhaps it was the consequences of the demolition of the listed building without planning permission. Now work has restarted.



The temporary roof now covers all of the site, materials have been delivered and builders can be seen and heard; some are living in the cottage next door.

11 April 2018

Modest project in Cedar Heights


Cedar Heights is relatively active at the moment with a series of building projects ranging from the small to the ridiculous. This is a modest scheme and, so far, seems to be nicely maintaining the character of the house and the area.

10 April 2018

Missing gate at Teddington Lock


One of the reasons that I like to visit Teddington Lock regularly is that there always seems to be something going on there. This time the front gate to the Barge Lock was missing. This is also the bridge to the island so a temporary bridge had to be installed over the gate at the far end.

9 April 2018

Putting lipstick on a pig


At the time of writing, the ugliest house in the area is on the market at £4.75m which is almost twice the price of a 5 bedroom neighbour so it is not surprising that it needs some help is selling. Clearly its appearance from the road is one of its problems so it is understandable that some sort of garden has started to appear.

Anyone who has been to the Palm Centre in Ham Street (it is a great place to visit) will appreciate how much has been spent on the olive tree alone.

8 April 2018

YT67 XRA blocks Northweald Lane


Northweald Lane is deliberately narrow and so parking is strictly limited to just one side of the road in designated sections far away from the junction with Dukes Avenue. The cars in the middle left of the photo show where parking is allowed. The engineer working at the green cabinets by Richmond Road felt that such restrictions were unnecessary and selfishly parked at the entrance to Northweald Lane thus making it awkward for everybody else to get in or out of that side of Royal Park Gate.

6 April 2018

Improving a cycle route


Richmond Council has been consulting on improvements to the Quiet Way from Ham Gate to Teddington Lock and, presumably as part of this, the section of the cycle and pedestrian route between Riverside Drive and Hardwicke Road has been resurfaced.



Now the two parts of the path are both smooth and flat and also there is no ridge between them so bikes can easily make use of the full width when it makes sense for them to do so.

It is only a simple change to a small section of the route but it is definitely an improvement.

5 April 2018

Community Notice Board


The Community Notice Board on Ham Parade arrived a couple of years ago and is proving to be a useful source of local information. I hope that is true of the two posters of mine that are included.

3 April 2018

Black and White


I have admired this house towards the end of Cedar Heights for some time but my attempts to take a picture of it have often been thwarted by parked cars or by bad weather so I was very pleased to find it free of such distractions.

The design is somewhat unusual and I like it.

31 March 2018

The new Russell School


It is hard to see much of the new Russell School because of its position in the large site so it is lucky that it is still Winter and the vegetation does not yet hide the view from Petersham Avenue. From the outside it looks good, I just hope that it works well for the staff and students.

30 March 2018

Daffodils in The Wilderness


An impressive display of daffodils in The Wilderness at Ham House and a curved path to enjoy them from.

29 March 2018

New gate at 36 Ham Street


I have been watching this new wall being built in Ham Street for a few weeks and have been liking what I see. I like the final touch too. Solid wooden gates like that are all the fashion these days, take a look at Gordon House nearby for another example, and it is easy to see why when they can look as good as this.

28 March 2018

New windows


When I saw the scaffolding go up on this house at the tail-end of Ham Farm Road I thought that it might be for a new roof but it was gone too quickly for that and all that seems to have been done is put in new windows. And very nice new windows they are too.

24 March 2018

Skull and Crossbones


I have several walking routes to walk and the prettiest one is all along the towpath where I was surprised to see this Skull and Crossbones high up in a tree.



Zooming out a little and you get a better idea of the scale.



And zooming even further out you can see the location too.

23 March 2018

Starting work at 59 Ham Street


Work has started in earnest on the plot that was 59 Ham Street and which is becoming two houses. The good news is that means that the large gates are usually open and I can see the progress being made as I walk to work (it is bit of a detour but worth it).

On this day the site has been cleared and the area where the houses has been built was ready for the foundations to be dug.


A few days and the foundations were dug and filled with concrete.



And a few days after that there was a delivery of breeze blocks so I presume that walls will start to appear.

22 March 2018

Protecting the toads


Every year part of Church Road is closed to allow the migration of toads from Ham Common Woods to Richmond Park. This year the barriers seem to be more substantial than they have been previously and they are tied together to make them harder to move. Sadly this is necessary as some selfish motorists move them to save themselves just a couple of minutes on their way to Richmond Park.

21 March 2018

Before, during and after


Friends of Ham Lands (FoHL) are busy improving butterfly habitats in Ham Lands which includes clearing and connecting some of the grasslands. This is the path that they tackled in March.



Here you can see the work in progress. The brambles have been cut right back on the left and the saplings cleared on the right.

Some of the team can be seen working just as the path completely disappears. There were some brave souls working in the brambles beyond them and more behind me working on the more substantial saplings.



This is taken from about half way along the path looking back to where we started. The important thing is not just that the path is much wider than it was but also that it is fully connected to the large patch of grassland in the distance.

20 March 2018

Snow around Ham Common Woods


I hope that these will be the last snow photographs of 2018 and that by the time that these photos get posted online that all the snow will already have gone.

This is the fragment of Ham Common Woods that sits South of Church Road between it and Latchmere House. There are no paths through there, and no reason to make one, so the snow remains as it fell untroubled by passing people.



Th path along Ham Gate Avenue always looks impressive because of the trees that hang over it and the long branches look even more glorious when topped with snow. 

19 March 2018

Snow on Ham Common


Lots of people take pictures of snow on Ham Common, and I take quite a few too, but I justified including this one as it was taken from an uncommon position. I had just got on to the footpath that starts near the junction with Martingales Close and was looking right across the Common towards the Hand and Flower.

This is about the longest view that you get across the Common and that is why I took the photo.

18 March 2018

Daffodils on Ham Common


The daffodils on Ham Common waited for the Beast from the East to leave before making their appearance and for a while they had Spring warmth and some sunshine before the snow made a sudden return.



The white of the snow does them a favour, even if the cold does not, as it emphasises the colour of the leaves which usually gets lost when surrounded by grass.

16 March 2018

Fake gate


The wall in front of Montrose House is not that new now and I must have walked past it a few dozen times but it still managed to surprise me on a recent walk. I first noticed the arch and then the suggestion of two pillars as if there used to be a gate there.

Obviously the door is fake as the wall was completely rebuilt. I cannot recall there being any sort of gate in the old wall but then I did not notice this one for quite a while.

15 March 2018

White and cream


The cream house had a brick finish until recently then it had a block extension added at the front and the cream finish was added in a simple attempt to blend the two parts together. That, of course, is why the house next to it is white.

As the plague of extension claims most of Burnell Avenue the characteristic brick is being lost and the houses are loosing their shared style. Individual houses might look fine, and some do, but the road looks bit of a mess.

13 March 2018

More works in Parkleys


Maintenance of Parkleys seems to be like painting the Forth Bridge, a never-ending task. There always seems to be at least one block covered in scaffolding as major works are done.

Shelley Court was worked on recently and now they are back to do some more.



Across the road, Milton Court is also getting the treatment.

11 March 2018

Ripe for redevelopment


Several properties in Sandy Lane have been refurbished, or even rebuilt, in recent years and it cannot be too long before that happens to this one.

A point of this blog is to record things as they change and too often I do not know what is going to change until it is too late so it is nice to be able to get in early with this one.

9 March 2018

Works in Petersham Road


I suspect that this will be another example of the building looking more impressive while it is being worked on rather than afterwards, thanks to the impressive amount of scaffolding and screening that is required.

7 March 2018

New fence in Ham Farm Road


Work has been going on at the new Huf Haus in Ham Farm Road for about a year and the hoardings that were put up in March 2017 to protect the site are now being placed by a fence. It only covers the south end of the site so far and there is a gap for a future gate but it is much better than the hoardings.

The fence is not without controversy though. None of the other properties in the area has a fence so this one looks a little out of place. Of course that also applied to the fence that was there before.

5 March 2018

Weathered cat


This weathered cat lives in Buckingham Road. As far as I can tell it is a close relative to the one living in Craig Road and the one that used to live in New Road.

4 March 2018

Work starts on new houses in Ham Street


Having spent many months watching and recording the building of a Huf Haus in Ham Street I am about to go through that process with the plot next door. The new, and ridiculously sized, gates are a sign that the work is about to start and you can just seen the top of a construction vehicle too.

3 March 2018

24 Sandy Lane revisited


A comment on my post 24 Sandy Lane is being renovated reminded me that I had not been back to see the finished results, so I did just that. It is hard to compare the two as the old photo, from December 2015, only showed one corner of the house but it looks as though they have extended to the side, added the front door pillars and rendered the house.

The comment asked for my opinion, so here goes. I like the windows, the door and the white finish, I don't like the pillars or the boxy look of the extension. Overall the impact is neutral, if it has been obviously bad or pretty then it would have caught my attention earlier.