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Thames Ditton - Surrey Life Towns & Villages 2013

PUBLISHED: 16:11 16 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:11 16 October 2013

Thames Ditton

Thames Ditton

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Nestled between the bustling Esher and Kingston, the village of Thames Ditton is a sleepy little diamond

Popular protest

The residents’ association is nearly 80 years old but there’s a history of residents’ protest that goes back even further. Potted highlights include: petitioning the Lord Protector after Henry VIII’s death to dismantle the extensive enclosed deer Chase around Hampton Court (1547); opposing the building of railway lines in the mid-1800s because of the subsequent loss of farmland and commons, which led to compensation for landowners; and halting the building of reservoirs on 50 acres of meadow upstream of the Swan, part of the Palace Estate, where Albany Reach is today in 1873.

Property envy

Make sure to explore the giant houses, several of which are marked with blue plaques to celebrate the area’s historic places and people. The first was put up on Stags Court on the High Street, which celebrates the Old Slaughter House, the village’s oldest secular building.

Island life

There are three islands in the River Thames nearby. Accessed over a suspension footbridge, Thames Ditton Island is a popular residential island.

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Visit...

Henry VIII’s 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 (020 8972 9163) on Queens Road dates back to 1886, when it was home to a thriving theatrical community that came in from London’s West End.

Drink at…

Ye Olde Swan (020 8398 1814) on Summer Road both offer riverside dining in relaxed surroundings.

Stay at...

The family run Ditton Lodge bed and breakfast hotel (020 8224 1897) on Lovelace Road in Long Ditton.

Getting there...

Thames Ditton has its own rail station but is also walkable from Hampton Court and Surbiton. The villagelocated on the Portsmouth Road.

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