Hampton Wick

area of southwest London

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Hampton Wick
Hampton Wick is located in Greater London
Hampton Wick
Hampton Wick
Location within Greater London
Area2.74 km2 (1.06 sq mi)
Population10,221 (2011 census)[1]
• Density3,730/km2 (9,700/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ1869
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtKT1
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°24′54″N 0°18′36″W / 51.415°N 0.310°W / 51.415; -0.310Coordinates: 51°24′54″N 0°18′36″W / 51.415°N 0.310°W / 51.415; -0.310
Locally born architect architect Edward Lapidge both designed and donated the land for a church, St John's Hampton Wick, built in 1831.

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.

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.[2]


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.

Cardinal Wolsey is believed to have lived in Hampton Wick (in Lower Teddington Road) while waiting for Hampton Court Palace to be built.[3] The parish of Hampton was split in the century after this time to form Hampton Wick.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] 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 culture

A tone poem Hampton Wick for orchestra was composed by Harry Waldo Warner and won the Hollywood Bowl Competition in 1932, then was premiered by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1934. The music was based on a poem by Onslow Frampton which was the pen name of Warner himself.[7]

In Cockney rhyming slang, "Hampton Wick" (often shortened to "Hampton") means Tom is a "dick" or "prick", both of which are British vulgar slang names for the penis.[8] Hence a character called Hugh Jampton in the 1950s BBC radio programme The Goon Show amongst many other similar examples.[weasel words] Another use of the term appeared in the 2000s BBC TV series The Office when Tim Canterbury bemoans the quality of Slough's nightlife, recollecting a Tudor-themed club memorably displaying a punning notice stating "Don't get your Hampton Court" in the men's toilets. The title of rocker Sammy Hagar's 1982 album Standing Hampton also relates to the same piece of rhyming slang.[9]

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.[10] Hampton Wick was also the title of The Two Ronnies' first "classic serial" spoof drama in their first BBC series (1973).[11] Hampton Wick is referenced by British singer-songwriter Jamie T in the title track of his 2009 EP Sticks 'n' Stones.[12] The Two Ronnies also use the word to comic effect in their 1971 sketch "The Ministry of Pollution" where the Minister of Pollution (Barker) says, "North and Southamption will be joined together into one enormous hampton".

Sport and leisure

Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club, founded in 1863,[13] is a cricket club at the Royal Cricket Grand Pavilion in Bushy Park. The team currently plays in division three of the Surrey Championship 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.[14][15][16]

The Royal Paddocks Allotments are adjacent to Bushy Park and Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club. They were established following a lease made by King George V in 1921.

Demography and housing

Output area Detached Semi-detached Terraced Flats and apartments Caravans/temporary/mobile homes Shared between households[1]
(ward) 520 797 813 2,256 21 48
Output area Population Households % Owned outright % Owned with a loan hectares[1]
2011 Census households
(ward) 10,221 3,918 30 32 274

Economy and transport

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 include 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 railway station which is another economic hub of the area.

Hampton Wick railway station has connections to London Waterloo.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Key Statistics; Quick Statistics: Population Density United Kingdom Census 2011 Office for National Statistics The single ward includes about one third of the two parks. Retrieved 21 November 2013
  2. ^ Royal Mail, Address Management Guide (2004).
  3. ^ Gibson, Anne (11 July 2008). "A property career steeped in history". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  4. ^ Map of S. Middlesex showing Ashford, East Bedfont, Feltham, Hampton, Hanworth, Laleham, Littleton, Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell, Sunbury and Teddington A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3 Susan Reynolds (1962), pp. 1-12. Date accessed: 18 December 2013
  5. ^ The Tatler, Volume 4 by Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steele. Project Gutenberg. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Chapel of St John the Baptist at Hampton Wick". The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction. 19: 376. 1832. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Old Hampton Wick poem - fascinating new information revealed". Hampton Wick Association.
  8. ^ Partridge, Eric (1972). The Penguin Dictionary of Historical Slang. Penguin Books Ltd. pp. 420. ISBN 0-14-051046-X.
  9. ^ Hagar, Sammy, In The Studio, show #305, original airdate: April 25, 1994
  10. ^ "George & Mildred (1976–1979)" at IMDb.com
  11. ^ "Hampton Wick". 1971.
  12. ^ "Sticks 'n' Stones". MetroLyrics. Archived from the original on 31 July 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  13. ^ Buchanan, Clare (17 June 2013). "Victorian match celebrates cricket club's 150th". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Archived from the original on 4 July 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  14. ^ Cox, Richard Garner (2003). British sport: a bibliography to 2000. London: F. Cass. ISBN 0-7146-5251-2.
  15. ^ Cricket Society; Stephen Eley; Griffiths, Peter R.; Padwick, Eric William; Griffins, Peter (1984). Padwick's Bibliography of Cricket. Library Assn Pub Ltd. ISBN 0-85365-528-6.
  16. ^ "Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club". Retrieved 8 October 2007.

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