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In Saxon times we do not know where the tide ended! There were many weirs and a fish trap dating back to the 1300s as Teddington was in the shallows. The population was halved during the Black Death in 1348, bishops and monks at the Abbey died so food was no longer required. Century, but Teddington was less popular than Twickenham and Hampton.
Houses had spread along the High Street to the village pond at the corner of Park Road. Much changed with the building of the railway line in 1863 which cut the village in two.
York Minster is still the only great church to have mistletoe placed on the altar on Christmas Day.
The Church of England used to believe that mistletoe was one of the pagan symbols as it was used to ward off evil spirits and witches, and hung over cow shed doors to bring good luck to the herd.
The Clore Centre is an education centre opened by Prince Charles last year.
Last year Graham had shown us the area just after Tudor foundations were found.
Those have been recorded by archaeologists and now covered over and the area planted in the original Queen Mary design.
I am delighted as Chair of the Friends to welcome you to our website.
Bushy Park and Home Park are two wonderful large green oases in the south west corner of London.