TQ2176 : Barnes Pond

taken 2 years ago, near to Barnes, Richmond Upon Thames, Great Britain

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Barnes Pond
Barnes Pond
The freehold of Barnes Pond and Barnes Common is held by the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral after the Manor of Barnes was granted to them by the Saxon King Athelstan who reigned from 924 to 938 AD. Since the Metropolitan Act of 1866 Barnes Green has been the responsibility of the local authority.

Cattle were grazing on Barnes green well into the 19th century and carts were taken into the pond in the summer so that the water could swell the wooden wheels making them a tight fit in their metal rims.

Originally the Great Pond, known today as Barnes Pond, was one of four ponds on the Green, possibly used to water cattle. In 1388, the designated Rector of the nearby St Mary's Church was given the right to keep and catch fish in the Great Pond as well as a smaller pond.

For many years Barnes Pond was linked by pipe to the Beverley Brook but since the 1970's it has relied on groundwater, rainwater and mains supplies. In 2001 there was a leak and all the water drained away. During reconstruction it was discovered that the water had disappeared down a long-forgotten pipe beneath the pond which was installed in 1893 and used to flush the sewers with pond water. The pond was reshaped, relined and refilled in 2003.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 29 January, 2020   (more nearby)
Monday, 3 February, 2020
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens  Lakes, Wetland, Bog 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2187 7639 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.4014N 0:14.8005W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2190 7637
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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