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Thames Ditton ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

PUBLISHED: 18:26 13 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:51 20 February 2013

Thames Ditton ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

Thames Ditton ~ Surrey Life towns and villages

A beautiful riverside village within striking distance of Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace, Thames Ditton is the perfect place to while away a day strolling along the river

Originally published in Surrey Life towns & villages August 2012

A beautiful riverside village within striking distance of Henry VIIIs Hampton Court Palace, Thames Ditton is the perfect place to while away a day strolling along the river

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Did you know?

Folk got the blues...
Thames Dittons Ram Club is held weekly at the Old Cranleighans Club on Fridays. Running since October 1983, they offer a varied programme of folk and acoustic artists and bands.

Property envy...
Explore the giant houses, several of which are marked with blue plaques by the Thames Ditton and Weston Green Residents Association to celebrate the areas historic places and people. The first was put up on Stags Court on the High Street, which celebrates the Old Slaughter House, the oldest secular building in the village.

Needs compassion
Built in 1786 for Charlotte Boyle Walsingham, the former Home of Compassion remains an elegant (if damaged) mansion. Its dilapidated condition means it features in buildings at risk lists.

On an island
There are three islands in the River Thames near Thames Ditton: Thames Ditton Island is the largest of the three with 47 houses, while Boyle Farm Island and Swan Island make up the other two. Look carefully and you might spot the Ferry Godmother.

While youre there...

Henry VIIIs most famous residence, Hampton Court Palace, is just a stones throw from Thames Ditton, providing a picturesque riverside walk and a great day out for all the family.

Eat at...
The Albany (0208 972 9163) on Queens Road and Ye Olde Swan (0208 398 1814) on Summer Road both offer riverside dining in relaxed surroundings.

Drink at...
The Rose (0208 398 4233) on the High Street serves up great Bangladeshi cuisine.

Stay at...
The family run Ditton Lodge bed and breakfast hotel (0208 224 1897) on Lovelace Road in Long Ditton.

Move there for...
And get: A four-bedroom home in the Boyle Farm private estate.

Famous neighbours?
The actress Gemma Bissix.

Getting there...
Thames Ditton has its own rail station but is also walkable from Hampton Court and Surbiton. Its located on the Portsmouth Road.

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