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Hampton Road, Fulwell
Fulwell is located in Greater London
Fulwell
Fulwell
Population 10,131 (2011 Census. Fulwell and Hampton Hill Ward)
OS grid reference TQ149719
London borough
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TWICKENHAM
TEDDINGTON
HAMPTON
Postcode district TW2
TW11
TW12
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
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51°26′04″N 0°20′51″W / 51.4345°N 0.3475°W / 51.4345; -0.3475

Fulwell is a neighbourhood of outer South West London in the historic County of Middlesex and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It straddles the west of the generally firmer ("ancient" parish and urban district) borders of Twickenham and Teddington, reinforced as local postcode districts. The name is first known in documents of the fifteenth century. It may be from a reliably full well or a corruption of foul well.

The area has no postal limits, but references survive as part of ward name, Fulwell and Hampton Hill, Fulwell railway station, Fulwell Golf Course, Fulwell bus garage, Fulwell Park Avenue and Fulwell Road. Fulwell is often used by residents to state where they live.

In 2009, a proposal to remove the name from the local councillors' electoral district (ward) name was rejected.

Fulwell has an Anglican parish church, St Michael's, which, after a 15-year closure, was reopened for worship in 2014 and regained parish status in 2019.

History

Historically Fulwell formed the southern extent of Hounslow Heath and the underlying Taplow gravel that defined it. A reference to assarts at Fulwell dating from around 1200 are amongst the earliest records of the name. The area was progressively enclosed for agriculture and increasingly urbanised since the Victorian period of metropolitan expansion of outer London.

Fulwell Park

To the west of the common land and to the north of the Staines Road south-west of Twickenham stood a house; Fulwell Lodge. Formerly known as Yorke Farm it dated from the early 17th century. In 1871 Charles James Freake, a London property developer, purchased Fulwell Lodge and the surrounding estate. The boundary extended south from the A316 Chertsey Road and River Crane, included Twickenham Green and what became Strawberry Hill Golf Course, the area west along the Shepperton Branch Line encompassing what is now Fulwell Golf Course and returned north along the A312 Uxbridge Road to the A316. Freake named the area Fulwell Park. After Freake's death in 1884 the estate passed to his wife and, on her death in 1900, was held by Freake Estates until 1910. The exiled King Manuel II of Portugal acquired the estate and lived at Fulwell Lodge from after his marriage in 1913 until his death in 1932. The lodge was subsequently purchased by Wates, demolished and the surrounding land between the Staines Road and River Crane redeveloped for housing. The Portuguese connection was marked in road names such as Manoel Road, Lisbon Avenue, Augusta Road and Portugal Gardens.

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