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Hampton Wick


Hampton Wick

Hampton Wick
Hampton Wick is located in Greater London
Hampton Wick
 Hampton Wick shown within Greater London
Area  2.74 km2 (1.06 sq mi)
Population 10,221 (2011 census)[1]
   – density  3,730/km2 (9,700/sq mi)
OS grid reference
London borough Richmond
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district KT1
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Twickenham
London Assembly South West
List of places

Hampton Wick, formerly a village, is a Thames-side area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, which is contiguous with two other districts, Teddington and Kingston upon Thames. It is buffered by a public green space, one of the Royal Parks of London from Hampton and Hampton Hill.

Economically much involved in market gardens until well into the twentieth century, with its motor and rail connections to London and such business areas as the M4 corridor its population is a mixture of commuters well within the London commuter belt. Its developed area is confined by Bushy Park and Hampton Court Park to its west and the River Thames to its east.

Although north of the River Thames and formerly in the county of Middlesex, the area forms part of the Kingston upon Thames and East Molesey post towns based on the south side of the river.[2]


  • History 1
  • Hampton Wick in popular culture 2
  • Sport and leisure 3
  • Demography and housing 4
  • Economy 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


There is evidence of Roman occupation. Kingston Bridge, the first bridge linking the village with Kingston upon Thames is dated from about 1219 and replaced the Roman ford at this point. Hampton Wick railway station has good connections to London Waterloo.

Cardinal Wolsey is believed to have lived in Hampton Wick (in Lower Teddington Road) while waiting for Hampton Court Palace to be built.[3] The parish of Hampton was split in the century after this time to form Hampton Wick.[4]

Sir Richard Steele also lived in Hampton Wick, in a house he whimsically called "The Hovel". He dedicated the fourth volume of Tatler to Charles, Lord Halifax "from the Hovel at Hampton Wick, April 7, 1711", around the time he became Surveyor of the Royal Stables at Hampton Court Palace, Governor of the King's Comedians, a Justice of the Peace and a knight.

The architect Edward Lapidge both designed and donated the land for a church, St John's Hampton Wick, built in 1831. Lapidge had been born in the village.[5] He also designed the present Kingston Bridge. In 2010, after five years of closure, the church re-opened its doors under the Church of England's church planting scheme. Services were resumed in December 2010.

Hampton Wick in popular culture

The 1950s BBC radio programme Thames studios at Teddington and filming took place at Manor Road in Teddington.[6] Hampton Wick was also the title of The Two Ronnies' first "classic serial" spoof drama in their first BBC series (1973).[7] In Cockney rhyming slang, "Hampton Wick" means "dick" or "prick", both of which are British vulgar slang names for the penis.[8] Hampton Wick is referenced by British singer-songwriter Jamie T in the title track of his 2009 EP Sticks 'n' Stones.

Sport and leisure

Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club, founded in 1863,[9] is a cricket club situated at the Royal Cricket Grand Pavilion in Bushy Park. The team plays in the Fullers Brewery League. The club's first eleven finished the 2006 season as unbeaten champions of the Fullers League Division 2 1st-XI league and gained promotion to Division 1.[10][11][12]

The Royal Paddocks King George V in 1921.

Demography and housing

Output area Detached Semi-detached Terraced Flats and apartments Caravans/temporary/mobile homes Shared between households[1]
(ward) 520 797 813 2,256 21 48
Output area Population Households % Owned outright % Owned with a loan hectares[1]
2011 Census Households
(ward) 10,221 3,918 30 32 274


The main economic features here are transport. Kingston University has a large hall of residence in the town, some professional offices are by Kingston Bridge and these including a major office of HSBC bank. The A308 splits the Royal Parks, leading nearby to the A309 and A312 roads, north-south. Equally, the A311 passes through the heart of the district forming its short, convenience High Street and provider further connections than another B road by the park to the larger commercial centre of Teddington, centred less than 1 mile (1.6 km) from Hampton Wick's train station which is another economic hub of the area.


  1. ^ a b c Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics The single ward includes about one third of the two parks. Retrieved 21 November 2013
  2. ^ Royal Mail, Address Management Guide (2004).
  3. ^ Gibson, Anne (12 July 2008). "A property career steeped in history".  
  4. ^ Map of S. Middlesex showing Ashford, East Bedfont, Feltham, Hampton, Hanworth, Laleham, Littleton, Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell, Sunbury and Teddington A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3 Susan Reynolds (1962), pp. 1-12. Date accessed: 18 December 2013
  5. ^ "Chapel of St John the Baptist at Hampton Wick". The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction 19: 376. 1832. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "George & Mildred (1976–1979)" at
  7. ^ "Hampton Wick". 1971. 
  8. ^  
  9. ^ Buchanan, Clare (17 June 2013). "Victorian match celebrates cricket club's 150th". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Cox, Richard Garner (2003). British sport: a bibliography to 2000. London: F. Cass.  
  11. ^ Cricket Society; Stephen Eley; Griffiths, Peter R.; Padwick, Eric William; Griffins, Peter. Padwick's Bibliography of Cricket. Library Assn Pub Ltd.  
  12. ^ "Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club". Retrieved 8 October 2007. 

External links

  • Notes on Hampton Wick
  • Hampton Wick Association
  • Royal Paddock Allotments
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