Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Living in Coombe

Inside the Royal constituency of Kingston upon Thames is the Coombe area of Greater London, England. It is on the eastern part of the main city and was part of the northern area of the old civic area of Malden and Coombe before local authorities changed it in 1965. Its main attraction was the Coombe House which has since been knocked down. Richmond park borders it to the north, Wimbledon Common to the east, as well as the four areas enclosing Kingston, namely Merton, Sutton, Wandsworth and Richmond.

Kingston upon Thames Area

This town is full of life and abounds with rich customs and shopping that competes with Central London, 12 miles away. Old Saxon sovereigns were crowned in early Kingston which is the subsequent tiniest London areas after the City of London. It is one of the four Royal boroughs in England and Wales.


The area abounds with holiday resources, hotels and fast food places making it the ultimate place for many people. The three mile charming stretch along the River Thames heading to Hampton Court and Richmond, is ideal for hiking, biking, jogging, as well as loosening up over the weekend, at the riverbank bars and hotels.

London at night
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Coombe Warren

This untamed forest located on Coombe Hill was a favourite spot for hunting and community gatherings. One Jerry Abershaw, who lived in the forest and was fondly called, "The Coombe Wood Highwayman", was a regular at the "Bald Face Stag" inn. A station was launched by the military in 1822 at Warren, which was a portion of the semaphore line from London to Portsmouth. It has since vanished with only the Cable cabin left. The whole Warren area is now part of the Coombe Hill estate and Coombe Wood Golf course. It is accessed via the Coombe Hill Road and has other no through roads such as Greenwood Park and Devey Close. It is an influential estate where house prices are in the millions.

Hogsmill Vale

The Hogsmill River makes it way along its gorge via a combination of city countrysides, open meadows and green pathways, en-route to Thames in Kingston. It passes Clattern Bridge, one of the most ancient in the south of England, located by Kingston's High Street.

Canbury Gardens

A stones throw away from Kingston town centre is this open, green field in the middle of River Thames and Lower Ham Road. It is popular with picnic lovers and fishing enthusiast who enjoy its expansive riverbank paths and green gardens.

Richmond Park

This is the biggest of all London Royal Parks and the second largest city park with a boundary in Britain, thrice the size of New York's Central Park. It was enclosed in 1637 by orders from Charles I and only people on foot were allowed entry into it. Kingston Gate, which is on the border is the most accessible for locals. The park is endowed with abundant wildlife, comprising 600 deer.