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Hampton Wick, formerly a village, is a Thames-side area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in London, England which is contiguous with two other districts, Teddington and Kingston upon Thames. It is buffer zone by a public green space, one of the Royal Parks of London from Hampton, London and Hampton Hill. Economically much involved in Market gardenings until well into the twentieth century, with its motor and rail connections to London and such business areas as the M4 corridor its population is a mixture of commuters well within the London commuter belt. Its developed area is confined by Bushy Park and Hampton Court Park to its west and the River Thames to its east. Although north of the River Thames and formerly in the county of Middlesex, the area forms part of the Kingston upon Thames and Molesey post towns based on the south side of the river.Royal Mail, Address Management Guide (2004).

History

There is evidence of Roman Britain occupation. Kingston Bridge, London, the first bridge linking the village with Kingston upon Thames is dated from about 1219 and replaced the Roman Ford (crossing) at this point. Hampton Wick railway station has good connections to Waterloo station.

Cardinal Wolsey is believed to have lived in Hampton Wick (in Lower Teddington Road) while waiting for Hampton Court Palace to be built. The parish of Hampton was split in the century after this time to form Hampton Wick.[http://www.british-history.ac.uk/image.aspx?compid=22224&filename=fig01.gif&pubid=85 Map of S. Middlesex showing Ashford, East Bedfont, Feltham, Hampton, Hanworth, Laleham, Littleton, Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell, Sunbury and Teddington] ''A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3'' Susan Reynolds (1962), pp. 1-12. Date accessed: 18 December 2013

Sir Richard Steele also lived in Hampton Wick, in a house he whimsically called "The Hovel". He dedicated the fourth volume of ''Tatler (1709)'' to Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax "from the Hovel at Hampton Wick, April 7, 1711", around the time he became Surveyor of the Royal Stables at Hampton Court Palace, Governor of the King's Comedians, a Justice of the Peace and a knight.

The architect Edward Lapidge both designed and donated the land for a church, St John's Hampton Wick, built in 1831. Lapidge had been born in the village. He also designed the present Kingston Bridge. In 2010, after five years of closure, the church re-opened its doors under the Church of England's church planting scheme. Services were resumed in December 2010. Hampton Wick, formerly a village, is a Thames-side area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in London, England which is contiguous with two other districts, Teddington and Kingston upon Thames. It is buffer zone by a public green space, one of the Royal Parks of London from Hampton, London and Hampton Hill. Economically much involved in Market gardenings until well into the twentieth century, with its motor and rail connections to London and such business areas as the M4 corridor its population is a mixture of commuters well within the London commuter belt. Its developed area is confined by Bushy Park and Hampton Court Park to its west and the River Thames to its east. Although north of the River Thames and formerly in the county of Middlesex, the area forms part of the Kingston upon Thames and Molesey post towns based on the south side of the river.Royal Mail, Address Management Guide (2004).

Hampton Wick in popular culture

Hampton Wick was the setting for the 1970s Thames Television situation comedy ''George and Mildred''. The area is near the former Teddington Studios at Teddington and filming took place at Manor Road in Teddington.[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073995/ "George & Mildred (1976–1979)" at imbd.com] ''Hampton Wick'' was also the title of ''The Two Ronnies''' first "classic serial" spoof drama in their first BBC series (1973). In Cockney rhyming slang, "Hampton Wick" means "Penis". Hampton Wick is referenced by British singer-songwriter Jamie T in the title track of his 2009 EP ''Sticks 'n' Stones''. Hampton Wick, formerly a village, is a Thames-side area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in London, England which is contiguous with two other districts, Teddington and Kingston upon Thames. It is buffer zone by a public green space, one of the Royal Parks of London from Hampton, London and Hampton Hill. Economically much involved in Market gardenings until well into the twentieth century, with its motor and rail connections to London and such business areas as the M4 corridor its population is a mixture of commuters well within the London commuter belt. Its developed area is confined by Bushy Park and Hampton Court Park to its west and the River Thames to its east. Although north of the River Thames and formerly in the county of Middlesex, the area forms part of the Kingston upon Thames and Molesey post towns based on the south side of the river.Royal Mail, Address Management Guide (2004).

Sport and leisure

'''Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club''', founded in 1863, is a cricket club situated at the Royal Cricket Grand Pavilion in Bushy Park. The team plays in the Fullers Brewery League. The club's first eleven finished the 2006 season as unbeaten champions of the Fullers League Division 2 1st-XI league and gained promotion to Division 1.

The Royal Paddocks Allotment (gardening)#Allotments in the United Kingdom are adjacent to Bushy Park and Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club. They were established following a lease made by George V of the United Kingdom in 1921. Hampton Wick, formerly a village, is a Thames-side area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in London, England which is contiguous with two other districts, Teddington and Kingston upon Thames. It is buffer zone by a public green space, one of the Royal Parks of London from Hampton, London and Hampton Hill. Economically much involved in Market gardenings until well into the twentieth century, with its motor and rail connections to London and such business areas as the M4 corridor its population is a mixture of commuters well within the London commuter belt. Its developed area is confined by Bushy Park and Hampton Court Park to its west and the River Thames to its east. Although north of the River Thames and formerly in the county of Middlesex, the area forms part of the Kingston upon Thames and Molesey post towns based on the south side of the river.Royal Mail, Address Management Guide (2004).

Demography and housing

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|} Hampton Wick, formerly a village, is a Thames-side area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in London, England which is contiguous with two other districts, Teddington and Kingston upon Thames. It is buffer zone by a public green space, one of the Royal Parks of London from Hampton, London and Hampton Hill. Economically much involved in Market gardenings until well into the twentieth century, with its motor and rail connections to London and such business areas as the M4 corridor its population is a mixture of commuters well within the London commuter belt. Its developed area is confined by Bushy Park and Hampton Court Park to its west and the River Thames to its east. Although north of the River Thames and formerly in the county of Middlesex, the area forms part of the Kingston upon Thames and Molesey post towns based on the south side of the river.Royal Mail, Address Management Guide (2004).

Economy

The main economic features here are transport. Kingston University has a large hall of residence in the town, some professional offices are by Kingston Bridge, London and these including a major office of HSBC bank. The A308 road (Great Britain) splits the Royal Parks, leading nearby to the A309 and A312 roads, north-south. Equally, the A311 road (Great Britain) passes through the heart of the district forming its short, convenience High Street and provider further connections than another B road by the park to the larger commercial centre of Teddington, centred less than from Hampton Wick's train station which is another economic hub of the area. Hampton Wick, formerly a village, is a Thames-side area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in London, England which is contiguous with two other districts, Teddington and Kingston upon Thames. It is buffer zone by a public green space, one of the Royal Parks of London from Hampton, London and Hampton Hill. Economically much involved in Market gardenings until well into the twentieth century, with its motor and rail connections to London and such business areas as the M4 corridor its population is a mixture of commuters well within the London commuter belt. Its developed area is confined by Bushy Park and Hampton Court Park to its west and the River Thames to its east. Although north of the River Thames and formerly in the county of Middlesex, the area forms part of the Kingston upon Thames and Molesey post towns based on the south side of the river.Royal Mail, Address Management Guide (2004).

References

Hampton Wick, formerly a village, is a Thames-side area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in London, England which is contiguous with two other districts, Teddington and Kingston upon Thames. It is buffer zone by a public green space, one of the Royal Parks of London from Hampton, London and Hampton Hill. Economically much involved in Market gardenings until well into the twentieth century, with its motor and rail connections to London and such business areas as the M4 corridor its population is a mixture of commuters well within the London commuter belt. Its developed area is confined by Bushy Park and Hampton Court Park to its west and the River Thames to its east. Although north of the River Thames and formerly in the county of Middlesex, the area forms part of the Kingston upon Thames and Molesey post towns based on the south side of the river.Royal Mail, Address Management Guide (2004).

External links

*[http://www.twickenham-museum.org.uk/tour_detail.asp?TourID=12 Notes on Hampton Wick]
*[http://www.hamptonwick.org Hampton Wick Association]
*[http://www.paddocks-allotments.org.uk/ Royal Paddock Allotments]


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Category:Districts of Richmond upon Thames
Category:Districts of London on the River Thames
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