Strawberry Hill, London

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Template:Infobox UK place Strawberry Hill is an affluent area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in Twickenham. It is a suburban development situated 10.4 miles (16.7 km) west south-west of Charing Cross. It consists of a number of residential roads centred around a small development of shops and serviced by Strawberry Hill railway station. The area's ACORN demographic type is characterised as well-off professionals, larger houses, and converted flats. St Mary's University College, Twickenham, the country's oldest Roman Catholic College is situated on Waldegrave Road. Its sports grounds were used as a training site for the 2012 Olympics.

Strawberry Hill House

Template:Main 200px The nineteenth-century development is named after "Strawberry Hill", the fanciful Gothic Revival villa designed by author Horace Walpole between 1749 and 1776. It began as a small 17th century house "little more than a cottage", with only Template:Convert of land and ended up as a "little Gothic castle" in Template:Convert. The original owner had named the house "Chopped Straw Hall", but Walpole wanted it to be called something more distinctive and after finding an old lease that described his land as "Strawberry Hill Shot", he adopted this name.<ref name="Calloway">Calloway, Stephen, Snodin, Michael, and Wainwright, Clive, Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill, Orleans House Gallery, Richmond upon Thames, 1980. p. 7-22</ref><ref name="Warburton">Warburton, Eliot. Memoirs of Horace Walpole and His Contemporaries. Henry Colburn. London. 1851. p. 11-28</ref>

After a £9 million, two-year long restoration, Strawberry Hill House re-opened to the public in October 2010.

Other attractions

Other local attractions include:

  • St Mary's University College, Twickenham
  • Radnor Gardens
  • Strawberry Hill railway station, built in 1873, is an excellent local example of the Victorian era railway building boom.

Education

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References

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  • Jones, E. and Woodward, C. A Guide to the Architecture of London, 1983, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London

External links

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