Marling Park

Marling Park, Richmond upon Thames

The south-western corner of Hampton, fringed by parkland and playing fields that back onto the reservoirs of Hanworth and Kempton Park

geograph-3903320-by-Marathon - Holly Bush Lane

The ear­li­est record­ed prop­er­ty here­abouts was New­house, lat­er known as the Old Farm House, which was in exis­tence by the late 16th cen­tu­ry and sur­vived (though prob­a­bly in rebuilt form) for almost 400 years.

By the mid-19th cen­tu­ry the farm was known as Tan­g­ley Park. Its own­ers built the ‘com­modi­ous’ Roy­al Hotel on their land in 1867 but the struc­ture was nev­er used for its intend­ed pur­pose. Instead it became the Female Orphan Home when the insti­tu­tion moved here from Waltham­stow in 1869.

Major WB Mar­ling pur­chased the estate in 1890 – renam­ing it after him­self – and an exceed­ing­ly slow process of sub­ur­ban devel­op­ment got under way.

Oak Avenue

All Saints Hamp­ton, by the pro­lif­ic church archi­tects FH Green­away and JE New­ber­ry, was con­se­crat­ed in 1908 but not com­plet­ed until lat­er – and with­out its planned tow­er.

On Oak Avenue, at the cor­ner of South Road, the Roy­al Oak was orig­i­nal­ly built as two hous­es in 1921 then con­vert­ed into a pub in 1924.

Most of the present prop­er­ties in Mar­ling Park date from the 1930s and 1950s, with semi-detached hous­es fronting ver­dant avenues. The vary­ing fin­ish­es sub­se­quent­ly applied to the exter­nal walls aggra­vate the archi­tec­tur­al dishar­mo­ny – but the abun­dance of mature trees makes up for a lot.

Old Farm House was demol­ished in the 1960s and the area to its north was devel­oped from 1973 onwards as Hamp­ton Nurs­ery­lands, which will be the sub­ject of a sep­a­rate page on Hid­den Lon­don soon­er or lat­er.

Though it con­tin­ues to appear on A–Z maps, the name Mar­ling Park is large­ly unrecog­nised by local res­i­dents, who sim­ply think of this local­i­ty as part of Hamp­ton, or specif­i­cal­ly Hamp­ton Nurs­ery­lands on the north side.

Twickenham rugby football club plays at the Parkfields ground on South Road.

Postcode area: Hampton TW12
* The picture of Holly Bush Lane at the top of this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Marathon, and the picture of Oak Avenue is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Stefan Czapski, both at Geograph Britain and Ireland, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse of either image is hereby freely permitted under the terms of that licence.