Fulwell, London

neighbourhood in the historic County of Middlesex and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

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Hampton Road, Fulwell
Fulwell is located in Greater London
Location within Greater London
Population10,131 (2011 Census. Fulwell and Hampton Hill Ward)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ149719
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTW2
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°26′04″N 0°20′51″W / 51.4345°N 0.3475°W / 51.4345; -0.3475Coordinates: 51°26′04″N 0°20′51″W / 51.4345°N 0.3475°W / 51.4345; -0.3475

Fulwell is a neighbourhood of outer South West London in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It straddles the west of the generally firmer ("ancient" parish and urban district) borders of Twickenham and Teddington, reinforced as local postcode districts.[2] The name is first known in documents of the fifteenth century. It may be from a reliably full well or a corruption of foul well.[3] Until 1965 Fulwell was in the historic County of Middlesex.

The area has no postal limits, but references survive as part of ward name, Fulwell and Hampton Hill,[4] Fulwell railway station, Fulwell Golf Course, Fulwell bus garage, Fulwell Park Avenue and Fulwell Road.[2] Fulwell is often used by residents to state where they live.[5]

In 2009, a proposal to remove the name from the local councillors' electoral district (ward) name was rejected.[6]

Fulwell has an Anglican parish church, St Michael's, which, after a 15-year closure, was reopened for worship in 2014 and regained parish status in 2019.[7]


Farm, Mills and Lodge bear the name in the 1871 to 1882 map series (OS, 1st series 1:10560, Map of Surrey (extends to near parts of Middlesex)). Twickenham Common is obsolete, replaced with no suffix, the suffix Green or Fulwell, loosely.

Fulwell has migrated south. It used to span onto the north bank of the Crane, which lies in Whitton, as the inset map shows.

Fulwell as today defined formed the southern extent of Hounslow Heath and the near-surface raised Taplow gravel that defined it. A reference to assarts at Fulwell dating from around 1200 are amongst the earliest records of the name.[8] The area was progressively enclosed for agriculture and increasingly urbanised since the Victorian period of metropolitan expansion of outer London.

Fulwell bus depot was built in 1902 as a hub for trams and trolley cars as well as buses.[9]

Historically in Middlesex, In 1965 Fulwell became a part of the London Borough of Richmond in the newly formed ceremonial county of Greater London.[10]

Fulwell Lodge and Fulwell Park

West of common land and north of the Staines Road, at the western extreme of Twickenham's long parish (that is, omitting Whitton's western gunpowder mills and farms) stood a grand house; Fulwell Lodge. At first owned with Yorke/Fulwell Farm to its north, it dated from the early 17th century.[11][12] In 1871 Charles James Freake, a London property developer, bought Fulwell Lodge, its grounds and estate worker's cottages. This extended south from the A316 Chertsey Road and Crane, included the west of later housing often considered Twickenham Green rather than West Twickenham and what became Strawberry Hill Golf Course. It lay north-west of the Shepperton Branch Line encompassing what is now Fulwell Golf Course and as far as Apex Corner where the A312 Uxbridge Road meets the A316. Freake named the area Fulwell Park.[13] After Freake's death in 1884 this passed to his wife, who saw the golf course built in the west, and, on her death in 1900, was held by Freake Estates until 1910. The exiled last King of Portugal, Manoel/Manuel II, bought as his English home Fulwell Lodge from shortly after his marriage in 1913 until his death in 1932.[11]

The lodge and its acres of grounds were then bought by Wates and demolished. It was redeveloped as houses, with some low-rise, landscaped-grounds flats. The history is kept through the names: Manoel Road, Lisbon Avenue, Augusta Road and Portugal Gardens.[14]

Nearest places


  1. ^ "Richmond Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Fulwell, London". Google Maps. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  3. ^ Willey, Russ (26 October 2007). Chambers London Gazeteer (First ed.). p. 187. ISBN 978-0550103260. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Ward map of the Borough". London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Every Lidl Helps? Supermarket plan for Fulwell". Twickerati. Word Press. 14 January 2019. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  6. ^ Kilvington, Joanna (24 October 2009). "Richmond ward name change plan gets lukewarm reception". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  7. ^ [https://www.achurchnearyou.com/search/?lat=51.433&lon=-0.349 achurchnearyou.com Parish Maps and details of their churches by the Church of England
  8. ^ Reynolds, Susan, ed. (1962). "Heston and Isleworth: Hounslow Heath". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3. Institute of Historical Research. pp. 94–96. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Fulwell Depot". Twickenham Museum. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  10. ^ "The London Government Order 1965". Statutory Instrument of 1965. Parliament of the United Kingdom.
  11. ^ a b "Fulwell Lodge". Twickenham Museum. Archived from the original on 1 December 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  12. ^ Reynolds, Susan, ed. (1962). "Twickenham: Introduction". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3. Institute of Historical Research. pp. 139–147. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  13. ^ Watson, Martin. "Fulwell Park". Retrieved 24 November 2014.[self-published source]
  14. ^ "Other Major Houses in Twickenham & Whitton". Twickenham Museum. Archived from the original on 1 December 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.

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