19 October 2017

Stylish house in Ham Farm Road

Ham Farm Road has several stylish houses and I had been wanting to take a picture of this one for some time following its minor refresh but that refresh left a skip on the drive for a frustratingly long time. Finally the skip was taken away and I got my picture.

18 October 2017

No unauthorised parking across the driveway

I pass this spot several times a week on the walk to work and the van always annoys me. The sign on the garage door says "No unauthorised parking across the driveway" which is somewhat inconsistent given that the van is parked on the pavement.

17 October 2017

New door

The entrance to Physioextra was replaced some weeks ago and I had been waiting for them to paint it before posting a picture. They've gone for a look that says residential rather than commercial and it suits the old building because of that.

16 October 2017

Exploring paths around Lawrence Road

Ham is rich with pathways between roads and these vary from the paved and well maintained paths in Wates Estate to the grassy routes through the older developments. There are several of these in and around Lawrence Road.

This is the path from Dukes Avenue with Lawrence Road on the left. While this one looks used, and is certainly usable, that is only true part of the way, about where the white shed is. There the path turns left, that bit is passable, and also continues on ahead but that bit is completely overgrown. 

15 October 2017

Another lost garden

The white fence is nice and so is the low white wall in front of the house. I like the colour of the paving too but I do not like the way that it covers the whole of the front garden as it gives it a very stark look. This is particularly incongruous in this section of Ham Street where most of the cottages have pretty gardens.

14 October 2017

New doors at Linden House and Studio

I remarked recently that Linden House on Ham Street had been the happy recipient of a new coat of white paint and now it has got new front doors front and back too.

The front door is a stern black and has three locks.

At the back, on Wiggins Lane, is the entrance to Linden House Studio. The doors are teal and almost as stern looking as the front door due to the lack of decoration and the horizontal lines. I love the handles though.

13 October 2017

Shed by Ham House

I have always found this shed in Ham Street attractive and this time something about the scene made it even more so. The white pipes certainly helped.

12 October 2017

Crossing Ham Lands

Crossing Ham Lands on paths like this is one of the main attractions of living in Ham while working in Teddington. Actually,  walking along paths like this for the simple pleasure of doing so is one of the main attractions of living in Ham.

11 October 2017

Improving access to Ham Common Woods

The footpath into Ham Common Woods from Ham Gate Avenue used to consist of a steep step that was awkward for pedestrians and difficult for cyclists but that has now been fixed with ramps on either side of the new pavement.

10 October 2017

Garages in Kingfisher Drive

Ham is pleasingly littered with block of garages and they can be found in various developments of various ages across the area. These are at the end of Kingfisher Drive and so are on the boundary of Wates Estate.

The footpath to Teddington Footbridge from Hardwicke Road runs behind these garages but, sadly, there is no way through.

9 October 2017

High tide at Teddington Weir

I was walking back home from work and had just got on to Teddington Footbridge when I noticed that the tide was particularly high. The island in the centre is always a good marker of the river level as a beach is exposed at low tide.

To judge the height of the tide better I zoomed in on the weir to see how much of a drop there was between the two levels and there was not much of a drop at all. it looked to be little more than an inch. I was probably not there when the tide was at its highest either.

Looking across to the main sluices and the near parity between the two levels was even more obvious.

8 October 2017

NJ53 NXZ goes the wrong way

The No Entry sign on the slip road behind Ham Parade is very obvious but NJ53 NXZ has chosen to ignore it in looking for somewhere to park. This selfishness will cause problems when they have to reverse out into Tudor Drive.

30 September 2017

Wall repairs

The wall around the Ham House estate is one of the largest and most prominent locally and this section, as it passes The Palm Centre has recently had a substantial repair. It is clearly not the first time that the wall has had to be repaired, the mix of bricks shows that, and I suspect that before too long these repairs will blend in with all the others.

29 September 2017

Richmond Chase Phase 2

While it is not possible to go into the part of the site where the construction is happening it is possible to see it from Latchmere Close. The town houses are at an interesting stage with the roof structures visible.

28 September 2017

Wild flowers on Ham Street and Riverside Drive

I am pretty sure that I posted a picture of these flowers last year but that is no reason for not doing so again.

These delightful flowers are on the corner of Ham Street and Riverside Drive and this is the view looking from Ham Street to Riverside Drive. The flowers look great, the cars do not.

The view from Riverside Drive is better and this closeup shows the variety of flowers in the bed.

27 September 2017

A feast of fungi

In one of my regular walks through Ham Common Woods I noticed this tree stump thick with fungi. Actually, it could be only one fungus but I am not an expert on such things. It is not the biology that interested me, it was the structures.

26 September 2017

A neat garden in Sudbrook Lane

This house in Sudbrook Lane is pretty enough and I think the garden is even prettier. It made me stop and admire it as I was walking briskly past, which I was happy to do.

25 September 2017

Back to Richmond Chase

Richmond Chase is a large development and it will take several years so I am making regular trips there and will be doing so for some time yet.

Only a small part of the site is accessible currently so most of my attention is on the blocks facing Latchmere Close. The blocks were finished a little while ago and now work is being done on their frontages. The fences are a good addition as they break up the monotony of the facade.

Opposite the blocks the open space is taking shape and from this angle there is a good view of the slide (centre) and the large stone (left).

24 September 2017

226 Petersham Road

226 Petersham Road has kept me entertained for many months as I have watched progress on the house from the top of the 65 bus. I was expecting that work to continue to include the frontage on to Petersham Road, and perhaps it will, but at the moment it is a charming muddle of materials that, to be honest, I find more interesting than the house behind it.

22 September 2017

Royal Park Gate Play Area

The Play Area in Royal Park Gate is oddly situated outside of the development (oddly because it would serve families better if it was in the middle) and has been largely unaltered since it was installed just over twenty years ago. If was probably due an update and now Kingston Council is consulting on some proposed changes.

21 September 2017

Demolishing The Russell School

With the work on the new school building complete, or almost complete, the old building is being demolished. I will miss it. Both of my boys went to school there.

20 September 2017

New door for Beaufort Cottage

Walking along Ham Street the other day I saw that Beaufort Cottage was in the process of getting a new door on to Ham Street. On that day the door was still raw and unfurnished.

I went back a couple of days later to check on progress and the work was completed, the door had been varnished and had acquired a name plate, a handle and a small lock.

19 September 2017

Fox House refreshed

Fox Cottage looks much like it always did but a close look reveals that a lot of work has been done to the front of the house. The windows have been repaired, the cracks in the wall have been filled and both have been repainted.

18 September 2017

Overgrown garden in Burnell Avenue

This house in Burnell Avenue had been empty for quite a while and the garden has taken advantage of that. The house has now been sold and I hope that the new owner takes a sympathetic approach to reclaiming the front garden and leaves many of the plants in place and just trims them enough to make the house accessible.

17 September 2017

Early Autumn

One of the (many) pleasures in walking around Ham is seeing how Autumn changes leaves red in different places at different times. This year Langham House was the first to take the plunge.

16 September 2017

Progress in Bainbridge Close

So far the new house in Bainbridge Close looks promising, so much more so that Latchmere Lodge next door.

13 September 2017

St. Andrews House

St. Andrews House is an unusual building on Upper Ham Road, It is unusual in design and function, being an office. It has just been refurbished and repainted. It looks The sign on the left reveals why; it is now looking for new tenants. 

12 September 2017

New entrance to Malden Oaks

I was working to work down Dukes Avenue when I saw work starting on building a new entrance to Malden Oaks, the site which used to be Dysart School. At first the width of it had me worried that they were building a second drive and in an awkward location.

Later that day (after work) I was pleased to see that it was only going to be a footpath with the timbers in position to hold the surface in place.

A day or so later it was (almost) done. The path was finished and there was a new fence in place. There was only the new grass to do and that is now there. I would photograph that too but grass is boring.

11 September 2017

Monitoring South Corner

I keep a regular eye on progress at South Corner despite being often thwarted by closed gates and parked vehicles on the drive. Sometimes the view is clear and there is usually something new to see. This time it was the emergence of a garage to the side of the house.

10 September 2017

Mother and child

This delightful couple live in the corner of a garden in Burnell Avenue. They are hard to find but it is worth the effort.

9 September 2017

Remodelled house in Sandy Lane

This house in Sandy Lane, on the South side near the junction with Arlington Road, has been completely remodelled, either by a new owner or by a developer. The house I quite like, especially the window to the stairs, the barren garden not so much.

8 September 2017


There are wide spaces at the junction of Dukes and Broughton Avenues, spaces for trees, lots of grass and a clump of poppies. They were literally buzzing this evening as I walked past and there with hordes of insects make use of the flowers.

7 September 2017

Modern house in Sandy Lane

One of the most interesting modern houses in Ham is next to the playground toward the west end of the road. Sadly it is well screened and this is all that can be seen of it but at least that is enough to show its character.

6 September 2017

Wilmer House

This is another one of those photos that I thought I had posted years ago only to find that I had only posted one of the gate. Anyway, this is Wilmer House and it sits in the quiet bit of Church Road that runs between Latchmere Lane and Ham Gate Avenue. One of our local celebrities lives here.

5 September 2017

Pleasant garden in Burnell Avenue

Burnell Avenue seems to go through more changes than any other road in Ham and there are always two or three houses that are being extended or refurbished. This is one of the houses that has had major works recently and while the bold blue doors may be the most striking feature it is the garden that impressed me the most, even though it was not quite finished when I took this picture.

The design is nicely modern with interesting shapes, materials, structures and colours. Pride of place goes to the driveway which is functional, pretty and friendly to the environment.

4 September 2017

Letting the grass grow

I appreciate that the combination of warmth and rain helps plants to grow but I do not recall the grass area running through Royal Park Gate ever being allowed to grow this while. However, I suspect that has more to do with Kingston Council's miserly approach to public works.

The broad leaf weeds are firmly established and there is not likely to be much grass left when they do get around to cutting it.

The little grey mark in the middle of the picture is a "No Ball Games" sign made redundant by the ball-swallowing vegetation around it.

2 September 2017

Landscaping at Richmond Chase

Most of the site at Richmond Chase is still off-limits as the construction continues but the work at the west end of the site is clearly visible and this includes that landscaping of the green space that was there before the building works started.

I am pleased to see that the landscaping includes building some mounds. There is a slide being installed on one of them and I am sure that small children will also enjoy the simple pleasures of running, rolling and tumbling on them.

1 September 2017

Ham Lands

Every so often I like to post another picture of Ham Lands just as a reminder of how lovely it is.

31 August 2017

Hidden box

This shabby, yet handsome, box hides an electricity substation. The site itself is also well hidden as it lies on a little used track that runs from Lawrence Road to Lock Road.

30 August 2017

A large extension in Hardwicke Road

Yet another extension, this time in the Wates Estate on the corner of Hardwicke Road and Simpson Road. While it is far too early to judge what visual impact the substantial development will have on the area it is clear that it is being done with some thought.

The reason for taking this picture early in the process was to show the brickwork on the front of the extension which has the grey bricks at the bottom of the wall laid so that they for triangular projections from the wall. I like little touches like that as they can enliven the ordinary to make it special.

Update: Since taking this photo, on a further walk past to check on progress I had a long and useful conversation with the owner. I admire what he is trying to do and hope that the finished result lives up to that aspiration.

29 August 2017

Attractive garden in Lock Road

I think I have pointed out a few gardens that I do not like recently, mostly because there is nothing left other than a driveway, so it is good to redress the balance by showing something nice.

This garden in Lock Road is simple and does everything right. Most of the garden is left to vegetation and while there is a lot of lawn there are also several things to break the monotony of grass. The crooked tree by the front door being just one example.

I also like the stained glass in the door and the small window next to it.