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Richmond Council, despite vociferous local opposition, struck a deal to sell the site to their preferred developers, the property group Dawnay Day, who own most of the shops and flats on the south side of King Street, adjoinging the old baths site. The deal involved the council selling their land to Dawnay Day on a 125-year lease, in exchange for a peppercorn rent and a substantial payment towards leisure in the borough and some access to the facilities on the site. Councillors and Council staff vigorously argued that this represented a good deal for residents and for the site. Local residents remained resolutely unconvinced. There were objections that the terms of the deal were inequitable, that the development proposed was unattractive, too large and unsympathetic to the riverside site, that the proposed access to the new onsite leisure facilities offered was unsatisfactory and, in the case of the Twickenham Riverside Terrace Group, that the riverside site was a public open space. There were also concerns over whether in future the developers might exercise a right to buy the freehold of the site, which would then be lost to public ownership forever. Meanwhile the baths, once a splendid art deco lido, continued to be vandalised and deteriorate.

Other Memories from Twickenham

My mother owned a dress shop in twickenham...and as I grew up I remember the swimming pool...which we broke into at night...about 1970...remember Pete Townsend wanting to rent our garage....and The Crown ballet school which was owned by the mother of Bonny Langford....as for Eel Pie island...unfortunately I was too young....but remember Barmey arms so well. The owners had a very attractive son who suffered with ...see more

The footbridge over to Eel Pie Island did not open until 9th February 1957, when folk were invited to a "Grand Gala Opening Night - A Three Band Session" at Eel Pie Island Jazz Club. They were treated to Cy Laurie, Bill Brunskill's Jazzmen and The Alpha Jazzmen Many thanks for the information - we will update our database to read c1960. Ed.

Re Mr Winkworths memory. I remember TURNCOCKS. The bike had a red frame as he says. Also I remember large white metal mudgards. The brakes were rod brakes rather than cable, however I could be wrong on this fact. The wheel rims were bright chrome and tyres may have been 26X 1 3/8. The big leather straps that held on the tools of the trade. I remember the turncock in Hanwell where I lived visited the street ...see more

My family moved to COPTHALL GARDENS around 1955/6. I attended St James School (behind the police station) with my elder brother and younger sister. I have been back to see the school (the only known school with a playground on the roof) it is still there but is now an office block. We played on the river, around the river, in the river and sometimes came close to staying in the river. We had fun as only children can. As ...see more

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