In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Richmond like this:
Richmond.-- town and par., Surrey, on river Thames, 9½ miles SW. of London by rail, 1210 ac., pop, 19,066; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Richmond (anciently called Sheen) is a much-frequented riverside resort. It occupies a site of remarkable beauty, on the slope of Richmond Hill, which rises somewhat abruptly from the right bank of the Thames, here crossed by a handsome 5-arch bridge leading to Twickenham. Its scenery combines all the charms of wood, meadow, and water, and the prospect from the summit of the hill is very fine. ...
Richmond Palace was for many centuries a favourite residence of the English monarchs, and Edward III., Henry VII., and Elizabeth died in it. Richmond Park, formed by Charles I., is enclosed by a wall 8 miles in length, has red and fallow deer, excellent timber, and 2 fine sheets of water (the Pen Ponds). Richmond has market gar dens and nursery grounds, and some small industries; but it depends chiefly on the gentry resident in the vicinity and on the crowd of summer visitors.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Richmond has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Richmond upon Thames. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Richmond and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Richmond, in Richmond upon Thames and Surrey | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 22nd May 2013
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