West London, Kew, Richmond, Kingston-upon-Thames

West London

Here the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race follows the Thames from Putney to Mortlake.

Upstream of Mortlake are the Royal Botanical gardens at Kew

Then it is on past Ham House (below centre) a 17th century mansion, and the wide open spaces of Richmond Park (below right) and its 2400 acres of open land, herds of deer, rhododendrons and many other natural delights

And beyond Richmond Park you come to Wimbledon, centre of the tennis world every July for the Championship.

       
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Eventually the Thames has to be sluices, below left) to stop the tidal movements upstream, and the river becomes very calm and tranquil (below right)

 

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London's final sight is Hampton Court Palace, started by Cardinal Wolsey in 1514, and a favourite country home of Henry VIII, it being far from the City of London in those days. Five of his wives lived here, and the ghosts of two of them are still said to haunt the palace

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