Hassrale Trips: Richmond

Date: Thursday 31st July 1986

This is the first in a continuing series of trips to villages of London, places that were, and to some extent still are, villages in their own right quite distinct from the metropolis. It is hoped that as well as finding a few decent places to drink and beers to drink in them there will be places of interest to see near the pubs on the walk round and points to ponder whilst relaxing over a pint.

This particular trip allows three options depending on personal taste and the possibility of getting away from work by the specific time.

THE FULL TOUR - Route A

To take the local train from the about to become defunct Broad Street (Give our regards ....) stop off for a pint in Camden and the finish the evening in Richmond.

OR - Route B

Go directly to Richmond starting a little earlier than the main trip will get you there and have a couple of extra pints before joining the rest.

OR - Route C

Arrive later at Richmond meeting up with the other parties in one large assembly.

Times given in [00:00] after the pub name are approximate departure times for those that want to visit each pub and spend the same length of time in each. Also for those that may wish to catch up. There is likely to be a great deal of catching up on this trip.

Richmond possesses some of the finest Queen Anne and early Georgian domestic properties in England. Remnants of the great Tudor royal palace survive facing its green. While an important part of the riverside will be under redevelopment for some years, its path still provides what is probably the most attractive stretch along the Thames in the vicinity of London. From the top of Richmond Hill can be seen the famous view of the Sylvan Thames curving towards Old Twickenham. Immediately south of the hill are the 2,000 acres of Richmond Park, by far the largest of all the London boroughs royal parks.


Route A

The train leaves Broad Street at 17:51. The day return fare is about £1.70. It is essential to check the train time and station on the day as times are liable to alteration and the departure is to be from Liverpool Street from some as yet unspecified date.

1a. The Railway [17:41]

Beers - Brakspears

A very busy businessmen-on-the-way-home-from-work pub which is ideal for our pre-train drink. Meet here from 5:00pm onwards. If by chance it is not open at that time then try pub number 1b which should be.

1b. The 199 [17:41]

Beers - Bass

Not so crowded, not so well furbished and not so near the footpath to the station.

It is most certainly a ten minute walk to Broad Street so do not delay too long in your chosen hostelry. The path to the station is directly opposite the Railway between the entrance to Liverpool Street on the right and a large building site on the left. Be sure to keep the chain-link fence on your right or you will have to cut through Liverpool Street station to get back onto your path. Go to the end of the path, turn left, up the steps, over the bridge - et voila Broad Street Station.

Arriving at Camden Road Station at 18:04 there is about three quarters of an hour to have a drink and catch the next train. Turn left out of the station and take the first left. The Old Eagle is less than five minutes walk, on the left.

2. The Old Eagle [18:41]

A very nice pint the brewer of which I failed to record! The pub was being completely refurbished outside when we were there so it may not look much like a pub as you approach. It is recognizable by the Eagle mosaic in the floor of the doorway.

CAUTION. This is not the Eagle which is almost directly opposite the station.

The train to Richmond leaves Camden Road at 18:46 so don't linger too long in this pub - or you'll have to catch up. Make sure that you get the right train! You need the North London Link. If the train you are on stops at Harlesden then it is the wrong train! You should get off, go back to Willesden and change. The train goes from an elevated station at the top of the steps at one end of the platform. (I did say that there could be a lot of catching up to be done!) Arriving at Richmond at 19:17 its over the road to meet up with the early birds and finish the trip using Route C.


Route B

Trains to Richmond leave Waterloo at 15, 29 and 45 minutes past the hour in the rush hour. The journey time is about 25 minutes and the day return fare is £1.50. The best trains to catch are the 17:29 or the 17:46! District line tubes run frequently (so they tell me) and take about 40 minutes. Aim to be at the first pub at six o'clock.

3. The Orange Tree - 45 Kew Road [18:42]

Beers: Youngs

A busy pub with a theatre upstairs and a restaurant downstairs

4. The Duke of York - 29 Kew Road [19:24]

Beers: Friary Meux

A small pub near the station (aren't they all?)

5. The Bull and Bush - 1 Kew Road [20:06]

Beers: Bass and Brakspears

A large victoriana-type pub opposite the station. Some interesting escapees from the theatre were there when we were. Good, plentiful food. A really full meal for £2.50 ... and friendly service.


Route C

5. The Bull and Bush - 1 Kew Road [20:06]

Beers: Bass and Brakspears

A large victoriana-type pub opposite the station. Some interesting escapees from the theatre were there when we were. Good, plentiful food. A really full meal for £2.50 ... and friendly service.

6. The Prince's Head - 28 The Green [20:42]

Beers: Fullers

A pleasant old pub overlooking the Green with an outdoor drinking area. A spacious bar and friendly atmosphere. If its too full or too cold try the Cricketers next door.

Richmond Green is regarded by many as the finest in the country as it is bounded, on two sides, by outstanding examples of five centuries of building styles. Houses on the east side have almost all been converted to offices.

The Green once faced Richmond Palace and was a knight's jousting ground. Following the Civil War the palace fell into disrepair and was briefly abandoned by the Court. Royalty returned to the area in the late 17th century when William II purchased what was later to become Ormond lodge in the Old Deer Park, and Richmond Green became, once again a fashionable address. Cricket is played here in the summer. The south and east sides are of prime architectural interest.

Immediately to the right is the Little Green, once waste land, granted by Charles II for bowling.

Brewer's Lane has Richmond's largest concentration of antique shops.

Paved Court still has many late 17th century properties making it Richmond Green's most attractive alleyway.

Maids of Honour Row was built in 1724 by the future George II to accommodate the maids of honour serving his wife, Caroline of Auspach, Princess of Wales.

Water Lane was laid out in the mid 17th Century and was known as Town Lane until 1712. On the east side are 18th and 19th century warehouses converted to flats in 1985. Most paving stones are of granite and were laid to support the loads deposited by watermen.

7. The White Cross Inn - Cholmondeley Walk [21:12]

Beers: Youngs

A pleasant pub by the river. Accommodation is limited but there is plenty of room outside.

Built in about 1840 the top storey was added in 1865. From the river bar a window gives a good view of Richmond Bridge. Below this window, surprisingly is the fireplace. The flue turns to one side before ascending.

Richmond Bridge was built in 1777 by Paine and Course. It is London's oldest remaining bridge and also judged to be the finest. The bridge, made of Portland Stone replaces a horse ferry and was paid for by a toll. It was widened in 1937 and the addition in paler stone can be seen from beneath.

8. The Old Ship - 3 King Street [21:48]

Beers: Youngs again!

A popular town centre "bikers" haunt. A largish friendly bar but a little spartan.

9. The Angel and Crown - 5 Church Court [22:24]

Beers: Fullers (a good selection)

Another popular pub in the centre of town with excellent beer and good accommodation.

Circular prepared: Reg Wright - Hassrale secretary - 23rd July 1986

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