Edwardian Hampton, The Story of Hampton and Hampton Hill from 1900 to 1914, by John Sheaf

Edwardian Hampton, The Story of Hampton and Hampton Hill from 1900 to 1914, by John Sheaf
Booklet published by the Twickenham Local History Society in 1997, 44 pages. A5 size booklet (N8173)

From the introduction: The years 1900 - 1914 were a period of profound change, particularly in Hampton. Indeed there was more change in Hampton during this period than in any other comparable period, either before or since. This was due to the coming together of a number of factors.

Probably the single most important factor was the coming of the trams. Not only did this provide regular, frequent and cheap transport but also a very substantial improvement to the roads and infrastructure. This fac­tor, together with developments being brought about by the then newly formed Urban District Council (established 1895) created profound change. Almost overnight what had been country lanes (the poorest in Middlesex) turned into town streets. The tram routes meant wholesale road­ widening and acquisition of much land and demolition of many properties. At the same time the motor car was beginning to arrive, meaning further changes including tarmacadaming of previously dusty and rutted tracks. Electric lighting* was also coming to the home and to the street, as well as the telephone and consequently improvement in communica­tions with the outside world. Even the first aeroplanes were beginning to be seen overhead. On the leisure side a number of the pubs were re-built and the Karsino, "the most luxurious river hotel in Europe", was opened on Tagg's Island.

There was a new school, a new church, free libraries and a new cottage hospital. The grand houses were beginning to lose their social status and philanthropic influence due to changes of ownership, development and social changes brought about by other amenities that the Council were now providing. Queen Victoria died at the beginning of the period thus ending an era of nearly 64 years and Edward VII gave his name to the Edwardian era that followed. In a very few years life which had gone on in many aspects in much the same way for centuries had changed in the most dramatic way.

For a few years it must have seemed incredible, the increases in ameni­ties, the improvements in roads and transport, the age of electricity and the telephone. But what nobody then knew, was that the First World War was just around the corner, A war that was to alter the life of everyone, man and woman, old and young, rich and poor, for ever.
The contents include:

Fire Brigade
Free Library
Percy Road School
English School Hall
All Saints Church
St Mary's Church
Cottage Hospital
Post Office
Electric Lighting
Street Numbering
Garrick's VillalHampton Court House/The Manor House
Map of Hampton in 1914
Other Buildings and Houses
Moat Bridge, Hampton Court Palace
Swimming Pool
Karsino, Tagg' s Island
Picture Palace
Ice Skating
Coaching Marathon
Death of Queen Victoria
Accession of Edward VII
Death of Edward VII
Coronation of George V
Beating the Bounds
Parliamentary Elections
Local Elections
First World War

Condition of the booklet is generally good. The covers have some minor scuffs and blemishes, and light wear along the left hand edge, but the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is an old price printed on the first inside page.