Blenheim Park is bounded to the north by the Longford River, which was constructed in the 1630s on the orders of Charles I in order to supply the ornamental waters at Hampton Court Palace, the water brought from the River Colne. It remains in the ownership of the Crown, managed by Royal Parks. Blenheim Park is largely open grassland with football pitches. Once fields, it remained open land when the area was gradually built up with housing.
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The Longford River was constructed in the 1630s on the orders of Charles I in order to supply the ornamental waters at Hampton Court Palace, the water brought from the River Colne. It was dug by the King's soldiers and took 9 months, and passes through a number of parishes including Bedfont, Feltham and Hampton. Charles's grand plans for his gardens were curtailed when the Civil War broke out but Charles II later built a further canal and lakes after the Restoration. Queen Anne later used water from the Longford River for the Diana Fountain and water gardens in Bushy Park. (q.q.v.). It has had various names, including The King's River, The Queen's River, The New Cut, Hampton Court Cut, Wolsey's River and Cardinal's River, and remains in the ownership of the Crown, managed by Royal Parks.
David Pape, 'Nature Conservation in Hounslow' Ecology Handbook 15, London Ecology Unit, 1990; Ruth Hayhurst 'Longford River, The King's giant hose-pipe' leaflet (n.d.)