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Britain By Car - A Motoring History


Set beside the River Thames, Richmond has been a Royal Borough since the reign of Edward I. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the Palace at Richmond was a royal residence.  Queen Elizabeth I spent a great deal of time at Richmond, and it was here that she died in 1603.

A consequence of this royal history is that Richmond is now blessed with more green and open spaces than any other part of London.  Richmond Park and the Old Deer Park were originally enclosed for hunting, and today Richmond Park is a national nature reserve and an area of special historic interest.

The Petersham Hill Climb

Generally acknowledged to be the first motor sport event in Britain to be held on public roads.

The B353, now known as Star and Garter Hill, between Petersham and Richmond Gate.

1899 and 1902.