Shop buildings and Old Town Hall in Hill Street
Shop buildings and Old Town Hall in Hill Street
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Shop buildings and Old Town Hall in Hill Street
This view shows part of Hill Street, looking south towards the junction with Bridge Street and Hill Rise beyond. Including the terrace of nineteenth-century shop buildings at numbers 22-34 on the east side of the street in the Central Richmond conservation area of Richmond-upon-Thames. Known collectively as Castle Terrace, all are listed locally as Buildings of Townscape Merit. Comprising of mostly three-storey shop buildings, number 34 is four-storey with a gable above, having been The Talbot Tap public house for much of the nineteenth century, next to the Talbot Hotel and stable building that were replaced by shops, apartments, and the Odeon Cinema during the 1930s. Most have ornate railings to their first-floor windows or balconies, although some, since revealed, are hidden by modern hoardings. Visible shop names include Crown Wallpapers, Lewis’s, Silver Palace, and Randall. To the right of view, part of the town hall on Whittaker Avenue, named after Richmond’s first mayor Sir John Whittaker Ellis (1829-1912), is visible in the foreground. First opened in 1893, it served as Richmond Council’s town hall until the formation of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in the 1960s, after which a new Civic Centre was built in central Twickenham. The Old Town Hall now houses the Library Service’s Information and Reference Library, Local Studies Collection, Museum of Richmond, and Riverside Gallery. It is also listed locally. The shops beyond on the west side of Hill Street, one of which displays WIMPY in vertical lettering to its corner elevation, were demolished in the 1980s to make way for Quinlan Terry’s classical revival Richmond Riverside redevelopment of the late 1980s. The King’s Head public house across Bridge Street, now known as Bill’s Richmond restaurant, was Grade II listed as Christie’s in 1983; listing number: 1065431, as was the terrace of eighteenth-century three-storey shop buildings beyond at 3-17 Hill Rise; listing number: 1357707. Also shown are several pedestrians, including a woman pushing a four-wheeled pram, a limousine parked by the shops, a striped triangular illuminated traffic bollard in the centre of the street, traffic direction signs, and some scaffolding in front of a single-storey building next to the town hall.
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