Ham development held back by poor transport – by David Williams

Because it has poor transport it wasn’t developed very much in the 19th and early 20th century so it is like it is now not just like an over-built London suburb the contrast being the southern half of Ham which was transferred to Kingston in 1933 which is now the Tudor estate, completely covered by housing.  There is nowhere that was transferred to Kingston in 1933 apart from the Hawker and sports area which is still open space, nothing at all.  Possibly the Latchmere Lane recreation ground you can include in that but it was given to Kingston Corporation by the Earl of Dysart in Edwardian times or just before the first world war and that’s the contrast.