Richmond Lock and Footbridge

Lock in/near Twickenham, existing between 1894 and now

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Richmond Lock and Footbridge is the furthest downstream of the forty-five Thames locks.

It was opened in 1894 and connects the promenade at Richmond with the neighbouring district of St. Margarets on the west bank during the day and is closed at night to pedestrians. At high tide the sluice gates are raised and partly hidden behind metal arches forming twin footbridges.

It was built to maintain the lowest-lying head of water of the forty-five navigable reaches of the Thames above the rest of the Tideway. Below the structure for a few miles, at low tide, the navigable channel is narrow and restricts access for vessels with the greatest draft.

When the London Bridge of 1209 to 1831 was demolished the removal of its bulky and elaborate piers resulted in the tides upstream returning to the rapid flows as they were downstream and before its forming of a near-barrier. That bridge was particularly dam-like when it housed 200 buildings in the Tudor period and in depictions at the time of the Great Fire of London which spared the bridge. This change, together with dredging of the lower river (lowest reaches) and construction of Teddington Lock and weir, meant that for hours of each day the Thames at Richmond, Twickenham, Ham, Petersham and northern Teddington, was a shallow watercourse running past great mud and shingle banks.

The exception was after weeks of above-average rainfall when the river is known as in spate however such outflow hinders navigation upstream.

By the late 19th century water extraction above Teddington had increased to four of five of the city’s main waterworks and after light or normal rainfall more barges found it impossible to navigate the reach during and for hours around the two low tides each day. In 1890, after many years of petitioning, an Act of Parliament was enacted to build the half-lock and weir, the Richmond Footbridge, Sluice, Lock and Slipway Act 1890. This is among a small minority of Thames locks not to have been built around an island or islands (aits).

The chief engineer who designed the core of the structure, F.G.M. Stoney took out seven patents relating to sluices between 1873 and 1894.

Hunt and Steward, surveyors, designed the lockhouses. Ransome and Rapier of Ipswich designed the ironwork including the arches. The structure was built between 1891 and 1894.

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Added: 18 Aug 2017 15:58 GMT   
Post by jim curtis: Shaftesbury Road, TW9

my grandparents lived @ no23 for many years.We used to have christmas dinner there then all walk round to great aunt mabels at 97 lower mortlake road for the great evenings fun & games,all sides of the family maybe 25-30 people.unfortunatley after granddad died it all petered out about 1960.Very sad. dont seem to have good times like those now.

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Added: 18 Jul 2018 10:30 GMT   
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Added: 16 Jul 2018 23:20 GMT   
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Added: 16 Jul 2018 09:40 GMT   
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Residents should get rid of broken or unwanted small electrical items responsibly, Richmond Council say.

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Added: 13 Jul 2018 10:20 GMT   
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Added: 12 Jul 2018 10:30 GMT   
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Added: 11 Jul 2018 23:20 GMT   
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Baroness provides clarity to businesses on Brexit
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The 1750 Rocque map is bounded by Sudbury (NW), Snaresbrook (NE), Eltham (SE) and Hampton Court (SW).
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The 1800 mapping is bounded by Stanmore (NW), Woodford (NE), Bromley (SE) and Hampton Court (SW).
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The 1830 mapping is bounded by West Hampstead (NW), Hackney (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Chelsea (SW).
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The 1860 mapping is bounded by Brent Cross (NW), Stratford (NE), Greenwich (SE) and Hammermith (SW).
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The 1900 mapping covers all of the London area.



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John Rocque Map of Richmond (1762)
John Rocque (c. 1709–1762) was a surveyor, cartographer, engraver, map-seller and the son of Huguenot émigrés. Roque is now mainly remembered for his maps of London. This map dates from the second edition produced in 1762. London and his other maps brought him an appointment as cartographer to the Prince of Wales in 1751. His widow continued the business after his death. The map covers an area much larger than Richmond itself, stretching out to Hounslow, Chiswick and Roehampton.
John Rocque, The Strand, London

Ordnance Survey of the London region (1939) FREE DOWNLOAD
Ordnance Survey colour map of the environs of London 1:10,560 scale
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Outer London shown in red, City of London in yellow. Relief shown by hachures.
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