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Famous Buildings In Richmond Upon Thames

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Famous Buildings In Richmond Upon Thames

Famous Historic Buildings In Richmond Upon Thames

Bob Trimble is a chartered architect registered with RIBA with 30 years experience in the industry. Trimble Architects work throughout Hounslow, Twickenham, Richmond, Kingston Upon Thames, Teddington and the surrounding areas of London.

Historic Buildings In Richmond 

ETERSHAM Nurseries

Petersham nurseries is an internationally prized garden centre.

The garden centre provides visitors with a tranquil oasis and a myriad of inspiration with a beautiful glasshouse restaurant, a nursery full of plant life, and a shop filled with gifts and antiques. Guests can sit and relax, take a stroll and enjoy tasty food and homemade cakes in the teahouse.

Kew Palace

Kew Palace is the smallest of the royal palaces. The brick house is four stories and was built in 1631 by Samuel Fortrey. The building was constructed with red bricks laid in a Flemish bond style, with alternated arranged bricks. 

The main front is gabled and gives the building a Dutch appearance. The Palace was used firstly in 1728 by the Royal Family; however, it has lain untouched since Queen Charlotte died in 1818. Kew palaces Royal Kitchens can now be explored by guests, where they can discover more about life in historical times and the servants who worked in the kitchens.

Marble Hill House

Marble Hill House is a Palladian villa on the banks of the River Thames, built between 1724 and 1729 for King George II's mistress Henrietta Howard when he was Prince of Wales.

The house's impressive interiors have been recreated and restored to provide a stylish Georgian atmosphere.

The house is enclosed within 66 acres of land leading to the River Thames. TV and film productions and photographers use the gardens and villa as a filming location alongside exclusive use of the numerous multifunction sports pitches and tennis courts.

Strawberry Hill House

Initially built by the Earl of Bradford's coachmen in 1698, Strawberry Hill House is Britain's most exquisite example of Georgian Gothic Revival architecture. The house was transformed into a Gothic castle by Horace Walpole between 1747 and 1792. 

He doubled the size of the house, created Gothic rooms and added towers and battlements to fulfil his dream. Further additions were given to the house by the Countess Waldegrave in the 19th century.

Strawberry Hill has always been a famous tourist site even in its own day with its Gothic fireplaces, gilded ceilings, medieval tombs and vaults and stunning painted glass.

Kilmorey Mausoleum

This mausoleum was built in 1854 by the 2nd Earl of Kilmorey on a plot at Brompton Cemetery. The grey and pink Egyptian style mausoleum cost over £30,000 and was moved twice before the Earls death in 1880. In 1862 when the Earl moved to Woburn Park, Chertsey, the mausoleum was moved with him at the cost of £700. 

The Earl of Kilmorey then moved to Gordon House six years later, moving the mausoleum with him for the last time, dying in 1880. The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames are now responsible for the mausoleum.

Chiswick House

Chiswick House is renowned internationally as one of the first and most elegant English Palladian villas. Designed and built from 1725 - 1729 by Lord Burlington, the architecture of ancient Rome inspired the magnificent villa. He aimed to create an extraordinary setting to show friends his library and fine collection of art. 

The affluent interior features gilded decorations, painted ceilings, and velvet walls. 

The opulent 18th Century gardens surrounding Chiswick House are home to magnificent cedar trees, beautiful Italianate gardens, temples, statues, obelisks and urns. Within the gardens, there is also a play area for children and a modern cafe.

Church Street Twickenham

 The 17th Century Church Street is an elegant plethora of small shops that sell antiques, books, quirky gifts, jewellery, designer and lifestyle goods. Named after St Mary's Church over 500 years ago, Church Street was the main street that linked Richmond and the West. 

In 1777, when Richmond Bridge was built, the main through route became York Street. Church Street, however, remains the perfect street for shopping and eating out. The street is also an extremely popular location for filmmakers.

landmark arts center

Set in a majestic 19th Century Grade II* listed former church is the Landmark Arts Centre. The church, built in 1889 and originally called the Church of St Alban the Martyr, was designed by architect William S Niven.

One key feature of the former church is its remarkable pulpit with its ornate base and magnificent soaring canopy. Tv and film crews often use The Landmark Arts Centre for filming. 

York House

York House was built in the 17th century and retains several original features, such as its beautiful wooden staircase to its stucco decor and fireplaces. 

York House is also a sought-after location for filmmakers starting in 1966 with the original Alfie to the more recent Downton Abbey.

Ham house and garden

This atmospheric Stuart mansion sits on the banks of Richmond-upon-Thames. It has remained practically unchanged for over 400 years and is recognised internationally for its exquisite collection of furniture, textiles, and art that have remained in the building for centuries. 

Ham House and Garden is a complete survival of the 17th century. It has a reputation as one of the most haunted buildings in Britain. 

Pope's grotto

Alexander Pope's Grotto is the only part of his villa, built-in 1720, that remains, sitting on the banks of the Thames at Twickenham. The estate was demolished and replaced in 1808 and has had much redevelopment over the years. 

Alexander Pope was one of Twickenham's most renowned and celebrated residents. The villa is incredibly popular with tourists because of Pope's enduring reputation as a poet and operates as a reminder of English culture, design, and literature in the 18th century.

the terrace at richmond hill

Built in 1865, Terrace House at 128 Richmond Hill was once home of Sir Max Waechter, a prosperous city merchant and important local benefactor, who in 1900 procured Glover's Island for an undisclosed sum of money. 

The island is part of the famous and popular view from Richmond Hill. 

Sir Max Waechter presented the island to the council, who renamed it Petersham Ait. However, it is still recognised as Glover's.


Osterley House is one of London's last surviving country estates and is surrounded by gardens, parks and farmland.

In the late 18th century, Osterley was designed for the Child family by architect and designer Robert Adam to impress and entertain their clients and friends. Today the house has been presented to look as it would have in the 1780s.

Richmond Hill

This view from Richmond Hill has been an incredibly popular visitor spot for generations, inspiring a myriad of writers and artists. Famous for its beauty, it is the only view in Britain preserved explicitly by an Act of Parliament.

Kneller hall

This Grade II listed mansion in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames once housed the Royal Military School of Music. The school trained musicians for the British Army, who acquired the building in the mid-19th century. It also housed the school's Museum of Army Music. However, the Army vacated the building in August 2021

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Bob Trimble is a chartered architect registered with RIBA. Bob Trimble has 30 years of experience working with residential and commercial property projects. For 4 years, Bob Trimble has worked from his housing association and private architectural practice for clients throughout Hounslow, Twickenham, Richmond, Kingston Upon Thames, Teddington and the surrounding areas of London.