Lampton, Hounslow

The northern part of central Hounslow, lying immediately south of the Great West Road

Hidden London: Lampton Road

The exis­tence of Lamp­ton – a ‘farm or estate where lambs are reared’ – was first doc­u­ment­ed in 1376. From the ear­ly 18th cen­tu­ry the vil­lage was the prop­er­ty of the Bul­strodes, lords of the manor of Houn­slow. There was a Black Horse Inn in Lamp­ton as ear­ly as 1759.

Built in the 1810s, Lamp­ton’s old­est and finest house is The Lawn, which stands at right angles to Lamp­ton Road oppo­site its junc­tion with Avon­wick Road – and is shown in the pho­to­graph below.* Its most dis­tinc­tive fea­tures are the Doric porch and the fringed cast-iron hoods above all the front win­dows. Around to the side, The Lawn’s orig­i­nal cast-iron gate has sur­vived and – like the house itself – is grade II list­ed.

Hidden London: The Lawn, a Regency house restored in 1975

Until late in the 19th cen­tu­ry Lamp­ton remained a “small vil­lage or ham­let in Hes­ton parish … [with] few inhab­i­tants, prin­ci­pal­ly depend­ing on agri­cul­ture and brick­mak­ing.” The Bul­strode fam­i­ly devised an ambi­tious plan to devel­op the land on either side of Lamp­ton Road in 1881 but eco­nom­ic con­di­tions became unfavourable, only a few grand hous­es were built – and most of them have since been replaced. One sur­viv­ing man­sion is now the bor­ough reg­is­ter office.

The Dis­trict Rail­way (now the Pic­cadil­ly line here) arrived in the mid-1880s. Mon­tague Road, Queen’s Road and Bal­four Road were laid out with ter­raced hous­ing around the turn of the 20th cen­tu­ry and the vil­lage began to merge into Houn­slow. The Black Horse was rebuilt in 1926.

Opened in 1930, the 40-acre Lamp­ton Park is sit­u­at­ed to the west of the local­i­ty, beside the high­ly regard­ed Lamp­ton school.

Shown in the CGI below, a new neigh­bour­hood called the Stag­ing Post has recent­ly replaced the low-rise pavil­ions of Houn­slow civic cen­tre, which were only com­plet­ed in 1975 but had appar­ent­ly become out­dat­ed. The scheme, a part­ner­ship between Not­ting Hill Gen­e­sis and Bouygues Devel­op­ment designed by Allies and Mor­ri­son, con­sists of 919 units – 459 for pri­vate sale, 370 for shared own­er­ship and 90 at afford­able rent.

Postcode area: Hounslow, TW3
The picture of ‘The Lawn’ in Lampton Road on this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Maxwell Hamilton, at Flickr, made available under the Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic licence. Any subsequent reuse is freely permitted under the terms of that licence.