Winnie the Pooh sails the Thames The River Thames
From Source to Sea

Richmond - The Old Deer Park

Height above sea level: 3.83 metres

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Beyond the Railway bridge and Twickenham bridge is the Old Deer Park. It was once a private royal garden and park of Richmond Palace, but is now an public park offering a diverse range of amateur sports - from archery to rugby and golf.

In the centre of the park sits the King's Observatory built by George III in 1769.

A plaque showing the original Meridian Line before they moved it to Greenwich.

London’s official time used to be set from the calculations based on the line of longitude running through Kew. Later this work was taken over by the observatory at Greenwich.

From now on, the Thames becomes an increasingly urban river, built up on both banks and carrying the impact of centuries of development.

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