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Old Deer Park


Brief description of site

Richmond Park is a royal deer park and public open space. It has woodland, gardens, water features and various residences. During the 20th century various recreational facilities have been created including two golf courses, sports pitches and a polo field.

Brief history of site

The area had been used by the royals for hunting since the 15th century, and was imparked by Charles I in 1637. The park, known as New Park, was given to the City of London at the end of the Civil War, but later restored to the Crown. Public access was maintained, but became more restricted once the site was improved by George II. A court case resulted in pedestrian access being reinstated. Further improvements and new plantings were made in the late-18th and early-19th centuries. Full public (carriage and pedestrian) access was secured in 1851.

Location information:

Address: Kingston Vale, Richmond-upon-Thames, TW10 5HS

Locality: Richmond-upon-Thames

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Richmond upon Thames

Historical County: Surrey

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ202729
Latitude: 51.4423 Longitude: -0.271893


There are good public transport links and six car parks.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a public park, open daily from 7am (Mar-Sept); 7.30am (Oct-Feb) - 30 mins before dusk.

Key information:

Form of site: royal park

Purpose of site: public park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: After 1637

Main period of development: 17th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 1000

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