Hampton Wick, formerly a village, is a Thames-side area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, and is contiguous with Teddington and Kingston upon Thames. It is buffered by Bushy Park, one of the Royal Parks of London from Hampton and Hampton Hill.
|Area||2.74 km2 (1.06 sq mi)|
|Population||10,221 (2011 census)|
|• Density||3,730/km2 (9,700/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||KINGSTON UPON THAMES|
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, part of the Twickenham constituency and, historically, in Middlesex, the area forms part of the Kingston upon Thames and East Molesey post towns based on the south side of the river.
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. The parish of Hampton was split in the century after this time to form Hampton Wick.
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. 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 cultureEdit
In Cockney rhyming slang, "Hampton Wick" (often shortened to "Hampton") means "dick" or "prick", both of which are British vulgar slang names for the penis. Hence a character called Hugh Jampton in the 1950s BBC radio programme The Goon Show amongst many other similar examples. In the 2000s BBC TV series The Office, Tim Canterbury bemoans the quality of Slough's nightlife, with an Elizabethan-themed club memorably displaying a punning notice stating "Don't get your Hampton Court" in the men's toilets.
Hampton Wick was the setting for the 1970s Thames Television situation comedy George and Mildred. The area is near the former Thames studios at Teddington and filming took place at Manor Road in Teddington. Hampton Wick was also the title of The Two Ronnies' first "classic serial" spoof drama in their first BBC series (1973). Hampton Wick is referenced by British singer-songwriter Jamie T in the title track of his 2009 EP Sticks 'n' Stones.
Sport and leisureEdit
Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club, founded in 1863, is a cricket club 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.
Demography and housingEdit
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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.
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