Richmond, London

Richmond Bridge

Richmond .—Richmond  is a village situated on the south bank of the Thames, at about 9 miles by land from Hyde Park Corner, and 16 miles by following the windings of the river.  The most pleasant mode of conveyance to it used to be by one of the small steamboats from Hungerford Pier; for then an opportunity was afforded of seeing numerous beautiful and interesting spots on both banks of the river.  The river is now, however, so shallow, that steamers can seldom reach this spot; and the trip is usually made by railway—from the Waterloo and Vauxhall Stations, and from all stations on the Blackwall, North London, and North and South Western lines.  Omnibuses also run very frequently from the City and West End.  Richmond stands on a slope overhanging the river.  Opposite the village is a stone bridge crossing the Thames.  South from the village, a pretty steep bank ascends to the green and bushy eminence called Richmond Hill ; and from the terrace on its summit a view is obtained of the beautifully wooded country up the river, stretching away to Windsor.  Among numerous villas, ornamental grounds, and other attractive objects, may be seen Twickenham, situated in the immediate vicinity, on the left bank of the Thames.  In the house for which the present was erected as a substitute, lived Pope the poet, and his body is entombed in the church. Pope's VillaClose by Twickenham is Strawberry Mill, once the seat of Horace Walpole, and now belonging to Lady Waldegrave.  Moving onwards along the brow of the eminence, and passing the well known but expensive hotel called the Star and Garter, we enter the famous Richmond Park, which is eight miles in circumference, and enriched with magnificent trees.  These extensive grounds were at one time connected with a royal palace, but there is now no such edifice—one or two hunting-lodges excepted; the park is, however, still a domain of the Crown, and freely open to the public.  Foreigners are great admirers of this vicinity.