|Ham Common and Ham Common Woods||Richmond|
Ham Common is adjacent to Richmond Park beyond Ham Gate. In 1635 the local inhabitants were granted certain rights on the common by Charles I in return for the 483 acres he took when creating his New Park, later called Richmond Park. There are a number of fine C18th houses overlooking the common, particularly the western open area, such as Cassel House, now a hospital and St Michael's Convent, formerly Orford Hall. The South Avenue that leads from the riverside Ham House extends onto Ham Common. Ham Pond is the focal point here, where horses were watered in the past. East of the main road Ham Common Woods are thickly planted, and have paths and horse tracks crossing it.
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The deed of King Charles I in 1635 called together the people of the surrounding manors not to farm or make a profit from the waste-land. The open area to the west of Upper Ham Road consists of open grass crossed by paths and has perimeter trees, with willows around Ham Pond. It is now the site for the annual Ham Fair and is used for other recreational purposes, such as cricket. Ham Common was designated as a Nature Reserve in 2001. A stone obelisk is on the junction of Ham Gate Avenue and Upper Ham Road.
Ben Weinreb & Christopher Hibbert, 'The London Encyclopaedia' (Macmillan, revised ed. 1993); John Archer, David Curson, 'Nature Conservation in Richmond upon Thames, Ecology Handbook 21', (London Ecology Unit) 1993 p44 & 85