The Changing Face of Station Road Hampton, by John Sheaf

The Changing Face of Station Road Hampton, by John Sheaf
The Changing Face of Station Road Hampton, by John Sheaf, subtitled 'Developments in the area since the 1860s and a short history of every building in Station Road'

Booklet published by the Twickenham Local History Society, 102 pages. Paperback (N6150X1)

From the introduction: The nineteenth century was a period of rapid change and enor­mous population growth. The population of London increased six-fold from a little over a million to more than six and a half million. Initially most of this growth came in what we now call inner London. The outer parts of London, still villages, re­mained relatively unchanged with slower increases in num­bers. The population of Hampton (excluding Hampton Hill), between 1801 and 1861, increased from 1722 to 2651 and by 1901 had risen to 4130. Towards the end of the century local government and planning were becoming more formalised. A Local Board was formed in 1890 and an Urban District Council (UDC) came into being in 1895. This meant that the Council now had the power to borrow money and could undertake capital projects such as sewerage, road surfacing, street lighting etc. The Parish Vestry which had previously run local affairs had no such borrowing powers. Facilities, therefore, could at last be significantly improved. This population growth, and an increasing middle class, led to greater demand for shops and services in Hampton.

By the mid 1890s Station Road, Hampton had as many shops as Thames Street or High Street, the two traditional shopping streets in Hampton, and by the outbreak of World War One in 1914 had more shops than those two streets combined, and yet 35 years earlier, in 1860, it was just a quiet back street. How did this come about and what led to these changes? How have the individual properties changed and developed since the 1860s? This book sets out to explore these questions and seeks to build up a short history of every property in Station Road.

Condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, unblemished and tightly bound. The title page has been clipped across the bottom right hand corner, and this has caused a very small amount of text loss on the reverse side (this text describes the photograph shown on the front cover).
Condition New