Petersham Meadows

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Petersham Meadows are a 24-acre water-meadow that lie alongside the River Thames in Petersham, London, bounded by Buccleuch Gardens, Manor Farm Livery Stables, the main Petersham Road (A307) and River Lane. The Capital Ring footpath crosses the meadow to reach Petersham and the Thames Path follows the towpath.

Petersham Meadows were originally part of the Ham House estate.[1] Since 1902 the view from Richmond Hill has been protected by an Act of Parliament. There have been cows on the meadow since at least the 19th century. In 1880 the tenancy was taken by Mr Hornby, who used the milk to supply the Hornby and Clarke dairy. Their shop is still on Richmond Hill, although no longer a dairy. The lease passed to Express Dairies but in 1982 a private investor took the lease but was unable to maintain a dairy herd. In 1998 the Petersham Trust was set up to protect the Meadows and preserve it for grazing.[2] Richmond Council took over management of the Meadows in 2001.[3][4] The National Trust have been caretaker since 2010 and pay an annual rent on St Peter's Day of a posy of wildflowers for the Mayor of Richmond. Originally they had cows on the field, but after incidents with dogs these were replaced.[5] Every summer they move a small herd of Belted Galloway cattle on to the meadow to help maintain the biodiversity.[6]

The view over the meadows has been painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds, J. M. W. Turner and many others.

References

  1. ^ "History of Petersham Meadows". Petersham Village. Retrieved 23 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "The story of the restoration of Petersham Meadows". Petersham Environment Trust. Retrieved 23 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Petersham Meadows". London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Retrieved 23 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Turner's meadow saved". BBC News. 30 October 2001. Retrieved 23 July 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Thames cows enclosed under Petersham Meadows safety fears". BBC News. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "How heritage cattle help meadow conservation". National Trust. Retrieved 23 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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Coordinates: 51°26′58″N 0°18′10″W / 51.44944°N 0.30278°W / 51.44944; -0.30278

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