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Twickenham Church Street

Church Street, the oldest street, leads off King Street (once the highway to London) and was bypassed when public transport made it too narrow. It leads, as its name implies, to St. Marys Church. On the corner opposite the Church is Arragon house. This was the site of the original manor house of Twickenham long before York house was built. In the time of the French revolution, many aristocrats (chiefly from the Orleans family) took refuge here and Church Street prospered.

Today, you can step back in time and find a little peace. Pretty buildings, the nearside River Thames, the little Mary Wallace theatre (housed in the old Mission Hall) and the Twickenham Museum in River Lane all make it an attractive oasis. One should be grateful to Sir John Betjeman - rumoured to have helped in halting demolition of Twickenham’s Jewel in the Crown.

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