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Welcome to the HMRT website

Our next AGM will be in Garrick's Temple, date and time to be confirmed. It is usually held in May; we were not able to go ahead during 2020 but hope this year it might be possible. The committee continues to meet under the chairmanship of Hampton Cllr Suzette Nicholson. Alll are welcome to join HMRT- fee £5.

There has been a significant legal development relating to the "slumboats" - accommodation barges mooored without authorisation near the slipway at Sadlers Ride carpark on Hurst Park. Surrey Fire and Rescue brought a successful action against the owner on grounds of fire safety, which was upheld at Guildford Crown Court late 2020. A report from the case is here

Our newsletter for Summer 2019 is here.

The Hampton and Molesey Riverside Trust was first established - for Hampton only - in 1996, as the Hampton Riverside Trust. In 2012 it was agreed it should cover both the Middlesex and Surrey riverbanks and was renamed the Hampton and Molesey Riverside Trust, to protect and enhance this important Thames setting from Molesey Lock to Platt's Eyot - a reach that lies within the acclaimed Thames Landscape Strategy. The committee includes people from both sides of the river and mid-stream islands in the reach.

A recent win was the reopening of the Thames riverside path alongside the Hampton Waterworks site between Thames Close and the old parish dock opposite Platt's Eyot, on the Lower Sunbury Road. This took some time but Richmond Council had been corresponding with Thames Water and the result was that chains and locks were removed at both access points each end of this path. The public can again walk the path (entry from Thames Close and from the parish dock at Platt's Eyot), as agreed some years ago in a Section 106 agreement with the developers of Thames Close. The riverside walk should be open from 9am to dusk every day, but Thames Water has the right to close it for one day a year for operational activities. Any closure of the pathway for longer periods should be only with written consent of Richmond Council.

The path originally connected the two important wharves serving Hampton: the Hard at Bell Hill and the old parish dock opposite Platt's Eyot, providing convenient access between the two along the river front - it must have been an essential right of way when both were busy with working river traffic.

The Hampton and Molesey area has other informative websites about our area including, for the Molesey bank, the Friends of Hurst Park . . more . . .



Millennium Marker on Hurst Park.

Rowland Baker's history book

If you like this wonderful stretch of the River Thames and want to learn more about the trust and how to join then follow the link. more . . .


Local Images

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Garrick's Lawn and Temple