Sat Apr 10th
Free to members, £10 supplement for attendees from Meetup
8 mile walk through parks and woodlands alongside River Thames, with lots of English Heritage blue plaques on route. This walk takes in Teddington Lock and the site of Teddington Film Studios which has been associated with comic literature, films and TV, including Three Men in a Boat, Tony Hancock, Eric and Ernie, and the Benny Hill Show. We pass by two churches on opposite sides of the road, the small one being the original parish church dating from the medieval period. The larger religious building opposite is now the Landmark arts centre and is modelled on Notre Dame in Paris. We pass the site of the National Physical Laboratory. Some of the inventors here include Robert Watson Watt the inventor of radar, plus Barnes Wallace who tested his first idea for dam busting bouncing bombs in a ship tank here. In Bushey Park we will visit the water garden and see the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force Memorial which marks the location of Eisenhower's HQ where D-Day was planned. The walk takes us past the Diana Fountain, the figure of a water nymph, and into the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. We pass by some historical houses where Michael Faraday and Christopher Wren both have lived.
Bring packed lunch and refreshments
Richmond station is on the District line, Overground and main line. Hampton Court station is on the South Western railway. Chargeable parking near both stations.
10:30am prompt at Richmond station, postcode TW9 2AZ
Around 4:00pm at Hampton Court station, postcode KT8 9AE
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