Local celeb's philanthropy..and a horror story.
Not a favourite thing, but a nice local story...
There's a well known watering hole, near Richmond Hill- 'The Hole in the Wall', near St. Matthias church.
Sadly, closed down some time ago and has been mouldering away- abandoned. It used to be my regular for years.
Developers have been after the site- a large one- on which to build 'luxury' housing.The locals have been trying to fight the prospect, with not much success.
Well- Sir David Attenborough lives next door..and next door again to my lovely friend Alan, who lived there years ago...and with whom I lived for a while after leaving my 1st husband, (in the house in which a famous Victorian murderess lived, who carried the head of her victim around in a hat box, before throwing it over Richmond Bridge!) and next door again to where Mandy Miller lived...and where Jennifer Saunders lived for years.It was a cosy local for some Richmond celebs...
Well- guess what's stopped the proposed ghastly development?
David Attenborough has bought it!! For £1,000,000... a snip considering the size of the site and its position.
Isn't that wonderful?
We don't know yet what he wants to do with it- but it's enough that he has had enough 'good spirit' and a love of Richmond, not to allow the ruin of a quiet, leafy road, near Richmond Park.
He might restore it to its former glory- as a snug local.
Doesn't that warm the cockles of one's heart?
The latest news is that Sir David will use the building to extend his house, keeping the facade intact..
Even after travelling all over the world he loves Richmond, has lived here for years and is often seen around Richmond and always gives a cheery wave and a 'hello' to locals. He has no intention of living anywhere else. Not exactly a 'fondest memory' but an anecdote of local history!
The pub- to the right in the photo is next door to Sir David Attenborough's house...the blue one- to the left.
My friend's house is just visible to its left.
The 'murderess' who lived in my friend's house, was called Kate Webster. She murdered her mistress for whom she was a housekeeper/ maid.
She dismembered the body and boiled down all the pieces, severing the head and keeping it in a hat box. She even visited friends for tea, carrying the hat box with her, while she thought of a way of disposing of it.
Eventually she threw it over Richmond Bridge and it was later retrieved by Barnes Bridge, further down river.
She was charged and tried at the High Court, found guilty and was hanged in 1879.
Richmond alley ways' little gems
Richmond is a particularly pretty little town we think, and the alley ways add to her charm and flavour.
They are everywhere, so many of the roads interconnect with each other via little alleyways… from the Waitrose to Nero (past some pretty one-up one-down terrace cottages), and from the High Street to the Green.
Down these little alley ways are coffee shops, boutique shops, hairdressers, salons… you name it, they are there. These aren’t the High Street chain stores either, but the owner-shops.
And these are the places where you will find that something different when looking for a gift or a treat for yourself.
So when next in Richmond, be daring and veer off the High Street and take a wander down one of the little alley ways. You might find a little hidden treasure there :)
Information boards everywhere!
The park is well sign posted throughout the park, and has these informative information boards at all the parking areas.
It shows what kind of animal-life is found in different areas of the park, so you know what to look out for if you are rambling/cycling in that area.
In this area (near Isabella Plantation), there are all kinds of butterflies, foxes, the red deer, various species of birds, and numerous other little insects, water and ground animals and birds. We have been to many national parks in various countries, and this is one of the best signed parks. It makes one’s visit all the more interesting to know what one should be looking for and what one is looking at!
Celebrating the High Tide-31/08/07
I planned a meeting t the White Cross pub on Richmond riverside.It was to coincide with the highest tide of the year-which comes up and into the pub garden.
It certainly did its stuff- wonderfully.The water came up to the steps of the pub- the ffotpath being well and truly under water.
We had a wonderful view from the balcony.I'd booked the upstairs room- so we'd get a good view and could be on our own-just VTers up there enjoying the spectacle.
Some local kids actually were paddling , some even swimming in the water covering the footpath!It was like a happy, beach scene!
A certain member-PhilKeen- went so far as to take his shoes and socks off and go paddling!
White Cross-"Stranded' Meet.
We had a small, intimate meeting ,31/08/07.-upstairs at the pub- to watch the dramatic high tide.A good time was had by all-- some- who even paddled!
A hardy crew finished up at Tootsies, enjoying a delicious meal, fabulous company- with more refreshment.
I think we finally parted company at 12.30a.m.-the meet having started at 1.30p.m.!
I had got up at 6.30 to be early enough to meet Pattypoo at Victoria.I don't know how I kept going for so long--must have been the scintillating company.It really was enjoyable.
Please excuse me if some photos are replicated-am suffering from aftermath of flu! Will re-check later.
I'd love to know who I caught it from-at the meet!
I've been ill ever since!