Inventory Site Record

Riverside Gardens, including Bridge House Gardens, Mears Walk, Midhurst Site, Riverdale Gardens

Riverside Gardens, including Bridge House Gardens, Mears Walk, Midhurst Site, Riverdale Gardens (Richmond)

Brief Description

Riverside Gardens, or The Riverside, are a series of gardens on the Richmond side of the Thames, all accessed from the Thames Path and situated between Richmond Bridge in the north and Buccleuch Gardens to the south. The Richmond Borough Byelaws of 1933 mention Bridge Gardens, Mears Walk and Riverdale Gardens as pleasure grounds.

Practical Information
Previous / Other name:
The Riverside
Site location:
Thames Path from Richmond Bridge/Petersham Road, Richmond
Postcode:
TW10 6TS
Type of site:
Public Gardens
Borough:
Richmond
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Cafés
Events:
Public transport:
Rail/London Overground/Tube (District): Richmond then bus. Bus: 65, 33, 190, 337, 371, 391, 419, H22, H37, R68, R70

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/03/2015
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.richmond.gov.uk/parks_and_open_spaces

Full Site Description

These are a series of gardens on the Richmond side of the Thames, all accessed from the Thames Path and are situated between Richmond Bridge and Buccleuch Gardens (q.v.)

Adjacent to Richmond Bridge, Bridge House Gardens (0.51 hectares) has an upper terrace known as O'Higgins Square for the statue erected to Chilean freedom fighter General Bernardo O'Higgins (1778-1842) who lived and studied in Richmond in 1795-98; a plaque has the inscription: 'Chilean Statesman, Liberator of his Country'. This was created as a paved area with terraces to the river, with some ornamental /exotic planting. A café at the lower level under the arches of Richmond Bridge is shaded by two massive plane trees.

Mears Walk at Northumberland Place is a sloping terraced garden opposite Richmond Landing Stage and next to Canyon Restaurant, which has a Japanese style garden with a large plane tree, grass and trees, with a gate at the top leading to Petersham Road.

Midhurst Site is next to River Side Café snack bar, a series of 3 flat terraces with a semi-circular rose bed and shrubs planted at the upper level, walled all round, dilapidated, broken steps to each level, and disused old gate on Petersham Road, with garden long drop from road. Some trees including yew.

Riverdale Gardens (0.23 hectares) is a sloping lawn with some large trees including 2 cedars, a modern shelter on the riverside with plaque in the shelter erected in 1965 by G A Renton 'in memory of my mother Janet Alston Renton of Glasgow and East Sheen', designed by G S Weddle, borough engineer of Richmond. This garden has recently been refurbished with new seating and a footpath, and has an entrance on Petersham Road, with railings and steps.

Sources consulted:

LB Richmond Parks booklet

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ178745 (north) / TQ180739 (south)
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
LB Richmond
Site management:
Environment Planning & Review, Parks and Open Spaces
Date(s):
Pre 1933
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
None
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

No
Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

No
Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:

No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No
In Conservation Area:
Yes
Conservation Area name:
Richmond Hill
Tree Preservation Order:
Not known
Nature Conservation Area:
No
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
Yes
Special Policy Area:
Yes - Thames Policy Area
Other LA designation:
Bridge Gardens and Midhurst: proposed areas of environmental improvement

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