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The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames () in southwest
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forms part of
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and is the only
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on both sides of the
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. It was created in 1965 when three smaller council areas amalgamated under the
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. It is governed by
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and is divided into nineteen wards. The population is 198,019 and the major settlements are Barnes,
East Sheen East Sheen, also known as Sheen, is a suburb in south-west London in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Its long High Street, high street has shops, offices, restaurants, cafés, pubs and suburban supermarkets and is also the economic ...
,
Mortlake Mortlake is a suburban district of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames on the south bank of the River Thames between Kew and Barnes, London, Barnes. Historically it was part of Surrey and until 1965 was in the Municipal Borough of Barnes ...
,
Richmond Richmond may refer to: People * Richmond (surname) * Earl of Richmond * Duke of Richmond * Richmond C. Beatty (1905–1961), American academic, biographer and critic * Richmond Avenal, character in British sitcom List of The IT Crowd characters#R ...
,
Twickenham Twickenham in southwest London, England, is on the River Thames southwest of Charing Cross, southeast of Hounslow, and northwest of Kingston upon Thames. Twickenham is the administrative headquarters of the London Borough of Richmond upon ...

Twickenham
,
Teddington Teddington is a suburb in south-west London in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. In 2021, Teddington was named as the best place to live in London by ''The Sunday Times''. Historically in Middlesex, Teddington is situated on a long mean ...
and
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. The borough is home to
Richmond Park Richmond Park, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, was created by Charles I of England, Charles I in the 17th century as a Deer park (England), deer park. The largest of Royal Parks of London, London's Royal Parks, it is of nation ...

Richmond Park
, the largest park in London, along with the National Physical Laboratory and
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. The attractions of
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Kew Gardens
,
Hampton Court Palace Hampton Court Palace is a Listed building, Grade I listed royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, south west and upstream of central London on the River Thames. Building of the palace began in 1514 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey ...

Hampton Court Palace
,
Twickenham Stadium Twickenham Stadium (; usually known as Twickenham) of Twickenham Twickenham is a suburban town in southwest London, England. It lies on the River Thames and is west-southwest of Charing Cross, southeast of Hounslow, and northwest of Kingst ...
and the WWT London Wetlands Centre are within its boundaries and draw domestic and
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.


Settlement, economy and demography

The borough is approximately half parkland – large areas of London's open space fall within its boundaries, including
Richmond Park Richmond Park, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, was created by Charles I of England, Charles I in the 17th century as a Deer park (England), deer park. The largest of Royal Parks of London, London's Royal Parks, it is of nation ...

Richmond Park
,
Kew Gardens Kew Gardens is a botanical garden, botanic garden in southwest London that houses the "largest and most diverse botany, botanical and mycology, mycological collections in the world". Founded in 1840, from the exotic garden at Kew Park, its li ...

Kew Gardens
,
Bushy Park Bushy Park in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames is the second largest of Royal Parks of London, London's Royal Parks, at in area, after Richmond Park. The park, most of which is open to the public, is immediately north of Hampton Cour ...

Bushy Park
and
Old Deer Park Old Deer Park is an area of open space within Richmond, London, Richmond, owned by the Crown Estate, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England. It covers of which are leased as sports grounds for sports, particularly rugby and go ...
. The predominant other land use is residential. Most businesses within the borough consist of retail, property improvement/development and professional services. Parts of the borough, including Barnes,
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, St Margarets, Cambridge Park and
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, some areas of Twickenham and much of
East Sheen East Sheen, also known as Sheen, is a suburb in south-west London in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Its long High Street, high street has shops, offices, restaurants, cafés, pubs and suburban supermarkets and is also the economic ...
rival
Stanmore Hill
Stanmore Hill
and
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as the highest house-price districts and neighbourhoods in
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. In 2006, research commissioned by a major mortgage lender found that, on the quantitative statistical indices used, the borough had the best quality of life in London and was in the top quarter of local authorities nationwide. A neighbouring authority in
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Surrey
achieved the best quality of life in that report. Demography is a diverse picture as in all of London: each district should be looked at separately and even those do not reflect all neighbourhoods. Whatever generalisations are used, "the fine-grained texture of London poverty" by its minutely localised geography must always be taken into account according to an influential poverty report of 2010.London's Poverty ProfileTrust for London
and New Policy Institute, 2010
Richmond upon Thames has the lowest child poverty rates in London at 20% and contains at least one ward with an above-average level (for London) of working-age adults receiving out-of-work benefits but even this borough – reflecting the best result – has two standard poverty indices of sixteen in which it is placed in the worst quarter of boroughs. Richmond is one of London's wealthiest boroughs on many measures. It has the lowest rates of poverty, child poverty, low pay, child obesity and adults without level 3 qualifications of any London borough, according to a 2017 research project b
Trust for London
London's German business and expatriate community is centred on this borough, which houses the German School London (DSL) and most of the capital's German expatriates.Moore, Fiona. "The German School in London, UK: Fostering the Next Generation of National Cosmopolitans?" (Chapter 4). In: Coles, Anne and Anne-Meike Fechter. ''Gender and Family Among Transnational Professionals'' (Routledge International Studies of Women and Place).
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, 6 August 2012. ; .


List of neighbourhoods

The local authority divides the borough into fourteen loosely bounded neighbourhoods, or "villages", with which residents broadly identify. Some of the neighbourhoods have the same name as their associated political ward, but the boundaries are not officially aligned. There is also no direct alignment between these areas and postcode districts, which tend to cover much broader areas, crossing the borough boundaries. Although most addresses in the borough have TW postcodes, some have SW and KT postcodes.


Attractions, parks and open spaces

Parks take up a great deal of the borough and include
Richmond Park Richmond Park, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, was created by Charles I of England, Charles I in the 17th century as a Deer park (England), deer park. The largest of Royal Parks of London, London's Royal Parks, it is of nation ...

Richmond Park
,
Bushy Park Bushy Park in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames is the second largest of Royal Parks of London, London's Royal Parks, at in area, after Richmond Park. The park, most of which is open to the public, is immediately north of Hampton Cour ...

Bushy Park
,
Kew Gardens Kew Gardens is a botanical garden, botanic garden in southwest London that houses the "largest and most diverse botany, botanical and mycology, mycological collections in the world". Founded in 1840, from the exotic garden at Kew Park, its li ...
, and
Hampton Court Park Hampton Court Park is a walled royal park managed by the Historic Royal Palaces.
. There are over 100 parks and open spaces in Richmond upon Thames and of river frontage. 140 hectares within the borough are designated as part of the
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. The borough is home to the National Physical Laboratory and the attractions of
Hampton Court Palace Hampton Court Palace is a Listed building, Grade I listed royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, south west and upstream of central London on the River Thames. Building of the palace began in 1514 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey ...

Hampton Court Palace
,
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and the WWT London Wetlands Centre that draw domestic and international tourism. The river Thames becomes narrower than at any part of Inner London towards its flow into the borough and becomes non-tidal at
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in the borough; its main axis runs south to north, rather than west to east through more than half of the borough.Grid square map
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website


History

The borough was formed in 1965 by the merger of the
Municipal Borough of Twickenham Twickenham was a local government district in Middlesex, England England is a Countries of the United Kingdom, country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to its west and Scotland to its north. The Irish Se ...
from
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Middlesex
with the Municipal Borough of Richmond and the
Municipal Borough of Barnes Barnes was a local government district in north west Surrey from 1894 to 1965, when its former area was absorbed into the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. History Barnes was formed as an Urban district (Great Britain and Ireland), urban ...
from
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Surrey
; the new council's offices were at in Twickenham.


Coat of arms

The borough's history is reflected in the
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coat of arms
, which was officially granted on 7 May 1966. It is: ''Ermine a
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portcullis
or within a bordure gules charged with eight fleurs-de-lis or''. The crest is: ''On a wreath argent and gules out of a mural crown gules a
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swan
rousant argent in beak a branch of climbing red
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rose
s leaved and entwined about the neck proper.'' The supporters are: ''On either side a
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griffin
gules, armed and beaked azure, each supporting an
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proper, the blade of the dexter dark blue and that of the sinister light blue.'' The portcullis was taken from the arms of the Municipal Borough of Richmond; the swan crest, from the arms of the
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; and the griffin supporters and shield from the arms of the
Municipal Borough of Barnes Barnes was a local government district in north west Surrey from 1894 to 1965, when its former area was absorbed into the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. History Barnes was formed as an Urban district (Great Britain and Ireland), urban ...
. Red, gold and
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are the royal livery colours, reflecting Richmond's royal history. The swan represents the River Thames, which flows through the borough. The oars are from the
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Oxford University Boat Club
and the
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, reflecting the fact that the
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between the two universities ends at Mortlake in the borough.


Politics


Council

Since its formation, the council has most often been led either by the
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Conservatives
or by the Liberal Democrats. Currently, the Lib Dems make up the majority in the council.


Parliamentary representation

The borough is split into two
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, according to the river. On the north bank, there is the constituency of
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and on the south bank there is the constituency of
Richmond Park Richmond Park, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, was created by Charles I of England, Charles I in the 17th century as a Deer park (England), deer park. The largest of Royal Parks of London, London's Royal Parks, it is of nation ...
, which also contains some of the northern wards of the borough of Kingston.


Transport


Aviation

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is located a short distance west, in the
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.


Buses

The borough is served by many
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bus routes.


Rail services

The borough is connected to
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and
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by the
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services of the South Western Railway. Richmond upon Thames isn't very well served by the
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London Underground
compared with other boroughs in West London. Two stations, served by the
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, are located towards the borough's northeastern end:
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and Kew Gardens station. Both are also served by
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trains on the
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North London line
, which connects Richmond with inner North London before terminating in Stratford. The southwestern end of the district, encompassing areas such as
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Twickenham
are served instead by suburban railway services. The other stations are: Barnes;
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; ;
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;
Hampton Wick Hampton Wick, formerly a village, is a Thames The River Thames ( ), known alternatively in parts as the River Isis, is a river that flows through southern England including London. At , it is the longest river entirely in England and the ...

Hampton Wick
;
Mortlake Mortlake is a suburban district of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames on the south bank of the River Thames between Kew and Barnes, London, Barnes. Historically it was part of Surrey and until 1965 was in the Municipal Borough of Barnes ...
;
North Sheen North Sheen is an area of London, England in the former Municipal Borough of Richmond (Surrey).North Sheen was one of six wards in the Municipal Borough of Richmond (Surrey). It was incorporated into Kew in 1965 when the London Borough of Richmon ...
; St Margarets; Strawberry Hill;
Teddington Teddington is a suburb in south-west London in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames () in southwest London London is the capital city, capital and List of urban areas in the United Kingd ...
;
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and Whitton.


Education

Richmond upon Thames is the
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for the borough.
Richmond upon Thames College Richmond upon Thames College is a large college A college (Latin: ''collegium'') is an educational institution or a University system, constituent part of one. A college may be a academic degree, degree-awarding Tertiary education, tertiary e ...
opened in 1977 and was the first
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in Greater London. The borough adopted a tertiary post-16 provision with virtually all 16-19 studies taking place at this college. This system lasted until 2012 when the council approved the creation of
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s in schools. Additionally the council approved the creation of a Catholic secondary school for the first time in the borough.


Sport and leisure

The borough has a
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club, Hampton & Richmond Borough F.C., who play at Beveree Stadium in Hampton. The
Twickenham Stadium Twickenham Stadium (; usually known as Twickenham) of Twickenham Twickenham is a suburban town in southwest London, England. It lies on the River Thames and is west-southwest of Charing Cross, southeast of Hounslow, and northwest of Kingst ...
hosts rugby internationals and the
Twickenham Stoop Twickenham Stoop Stadium (informally referred to as The Stoop) is a sports stadium located in south-west London, England. The stadium is home to Harlequins rugby union team, who play in the Gallagher Premiership. The stadium has a capacity o ...
is home to the Harlequins Rugby Team. Richmond Rugby Club are also active and share their grounds with London Scottish F.C. The Richmond Minis is a large youth rugby organisation whilst the Richmond Heavies organise games for more veteran players. Cricket is played in many locations around the borough including Ham Common,
Richmond Green Richmond Green is a recreation area located near the centre of Richmond, London, Richmond, a town of about 20,000 inhabitants situated in south west London. Owned by the Crown Estate, it is leased to the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Th ...
and Kew Green. The River Thames flows through the borough and a number of sailing and rowing clubs are located along it. Richmond Canoe Club is situation a short distance up river from Richmond Bridge The borough has a large amount of
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equestrian
activity; this includes the Horse Rangers Association and
Ham Polo Club Ham Polo Club is a Hurlingham Polo Association polo club situated in Richmond, London, Richmond in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, south-west London, England. It is one of the oldest polo clubs in the United Kingdom and the last surviv ...

Ham Polo Club
. Richmond's swimming pools,
Pools on the Park Pools on the Park (previously known as Richmond Baths) is a listed building, Grade II listed swimming pool and leisure facility in Old Deer Park in Richmond, London. Construction on the site started in 1964 and was completed in 1966; the archit ...
, are located in Old Deer Park close to the town centre. The outdoor pool is open in the summer months only. There is also a heated outdoor pool in Hampton.


Arts and culture

The
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is a volunteer-run museum opposite St Mary's parish church. The Museum of Richmond, in Richmond's Old
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Town Hall
, close to Richmond Bridge, has displays relating to the history of Richmond, Ham, Petersham and Kew. Its rotating
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exhibition
s, education activities and a programme of events cover the whole of the modern borough. The museum's highlights include 16th-century glass from
Richmond Palace Richmond Palace was a royal residence on the River Thames in England which stood in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Situated in what was then rural Surrey, it lay upstream and on the opposite bank from the Palace of Westminster, which was ...

Richmond Palace
and a painting, ''The Terrace and View from Richmond Hill, Surrey'' by
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Dutch
draughtsman and painter
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(1650–1722), which is part of the Richmond upon Thames Borough Art Collection. in Twickenham displays material from the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames' art collection. This includes a portrait of
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by
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, paintings of Orleans House by Arthur Vickers and several other artists, and the Burton Collection, which includes artwork, personal effects and photographs of the explorer Richard Francis Burton. The gallery is also the site of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames' arts service and provides educational workshops for a wide variety of ages, using the converted stables and coach house as educational spaces. Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare in
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hosts a free Sunday afternoon Shakespeare exhibition from April to October and a series of summer drama, music and exhibitions. Richmond has two theatres. The Richmond Theatre at the side of Little Green is a Victorian architecture, Victorian structure designed by Frank Matcham and restored and extended by Carl Toms in 1990. The theatre has a weekly schedule of plays and musicals, usually given by professional touring companies, and pre-West End theatre, West End shows can sometimes be seen. There is a Christmas and New Year pantomime tradition and many of Britain's greatest music hall and pantomime performers have appeared here. Close to Richmond station (London), Richmond railway station is the Orange Tree Theatre which was founded in 1971 in a room above the Orange Tree pub. As audience numbers increased there was pressure to find a more accommodating space and, in 1991, the company moved to current premises within a converted primary school. The 172-seat theatre was built specifically as a theatre in the round. It has acquired a national reputation for the quality of its work for staging new plays, and for discovering undeservedly forgotten old plays and neglected classics. Performance group Richmond Opera rehearse regularly at The Vineyard Life Church, Richmond, The Vineyard Centre. ''The Cabbage Patch'' pub on London Road near Twickenham railway station has, since 1983, been a regular venue for live music on Sunday nights, organised by TwickFolk. In 2015, Barnes, London became home to London's largest dedicated children's book event, the Barnes Children's Literature Festival, which is now the second largest in Europe.


Twin towns and sister cities

Richmond upon Thames is Twin towns and sister cities, twinned with: * Fontainebleau, France (since 1977) * Konstanz, Germany (since 1983) * Richmond, Virginia, United States (since 1980)


See also

*List of people from the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames


References


External links


Richmond upon Thames Council
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