Colin Crosby Heritage Tours


Richmond-upon-Thames is a town in Greater London, formerly Surrey, on the River Thames.

The settlement was originally named Sheen, but was changed to Richmond by Henry VII in honour of Richmond in Yorkshire, of which he had been Earl.

There are only slight remains of the Royal palace near the Green, where Henry VII died in 1509, and Elizabeth I died in 1603. The original building was by Edward I in the 13th century, and it was rebuilt by Henry VII.

St. Mary Magdalene Church is mainly 18th century.

One of Richmond`s two theatres was designed by Frank Matcham.

Richmond Park, originally a deer park created for Charles I, is London`s largest Royal park, and contains the 18th century White Lodge, where Edward VIII was born. There is a memorial bench to Ian Dury.

Richmond Bridge, built in 1777 to link Richmond with Twickenham, is the oldest surviving crossing of the Thames.

Among those born in Richmond are Dame Ann Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, High Court judge; Ronald Colman, actor; Richard Dimbleby, broadcaster; Edward VIII; Celia Johnson, actress; Clive Sinclair, inventor.

Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Richmond-upon-Thames for groups.

Places in Richmond-upon-Thames

Richmond Station