Following the success of our ‘Behind the Scenes’ repository tours, we are currently running tours based on specific themes: this month’s was ‘Richmond in the archives’. Here are some of the original documents we selected to show to the tour group…
A royal enclosure
In 1625, Charles I brought his court to reside at Richmond Palace to avoid an outbreak of plague in London.
He introduced large numbers of red and fallow deer to the nearby common lands in order to provide hunting opportunities for the court, and a few years later decided to enclose this space to create a walled ‘New Park’. The enclosure of this huge area of common land was unpopular, and Charles had to pay off many landowners and continue to allow the public rights of way. Ladders were initially provided to allow the public access over the walls, but these were later replaced with permanent gateways.
Some sections of the original 1637 wall of what is now called ‘Richmond Park’ still remain in place today. Continue reading »