Hounslow (The Bell) to Manor Circus (Sheen)
Thursday June 27th 2013
Whitton and later Twickenham. It was also a popular route, filling up steadily all the way along. After the Clock Tower Industrial Estate there are several terraces of smaller and older cottages, which remain from the era before the inter and post war expansions of residential housing. Reapers Way sounds quite countrified and the area’s most famous resident was probably Sir Godfrey Kneller, the 18th century painter after whom several streets are named, and Kneller Hall, which is not on this route. The Lord Nelson pub however still has its rather good and garish pub front sculpture looking for all the world like a ship’s figurehead. The website boasts of its proximity to the Rugby Stadium but remains silent as to its origins. What looked like a village sweet shop turned out to be the Hollygrove Flooring Company. Whitton also has a charity shop whose name we had not seen before = The Kathryn Turner Trust.
By now the H22 was servicing another slice of the Ivybridge area, with its more dense housing, so it was not altogether surprising that there was not only a newish school, the Twickenham Academy, but also a modern looking Health and Social care centre.
Staines Road has two nurseries (the children as opposed to the plant variety) called Tic Tocs and Teddies leading one to speculate about Twickenham tongue twisters?
Twickenham Town as opposed to the Rugby Stadium has quite a lively High Street; for some reason our previous routes through here had all been close to Christmas when the shops have little trees poking out at odd angles; to fit the season this time there were some attempts at hanging baskets but this seemed less co-ordinated than their winter efforts. Twickenham Green had signs of hosting cricket matches and the Sainsbury’s windows, which overlook the Green, pick out bits of local history.
The Prince Blucher pub reminds us that the Duke of Wellington would not have achieved his Waterloo success without some help from the Germans.
The Alternative Paint Company seemed an odd choice of name – but as Jo correctly guessed it is rather upmarket offering all those ‘heritage ‘ brands. Having spent the weekend deep in Sugar Soap and Dulux Vinyl Gloss I would go for any brand that does not give me a raging headache.
St Margaret’s is almost a suburb of Richmond but as such is only served by the H buses, and the H22 does not even pass the quiet station for this area of London.
Rather tantalisingly this is a route which flirts with the River Crane in its early passage and on this its last run into Richmond passes really quite close to Teddington Lock and the Thames, but you really would not know this from the road, so after just glimpsing Marble Hill House through the trees it can come as a surprise when you sail across Richmond Bridge. We had passed this way last week and for no very good reason there was much slower traffic through the Quadrant and High Street, which plays host to far more bus routes than there is really room for.
Richmond Station is fairly unlovely; it seems to have a Thirties frame with a later 'canopy' but does have excellent connections, so we are always pleased to pass through.