Mr Bradbury's Twickenham Common
View of a large house, ‘Mr Bradbury’s’, in Twickenham in the borough of Richmond Upon Thames. Twickenham grew rapidly in the 18th century as a fashionable residence for the wealthy. Twickenham was free from the pollution of the city of London and could be easily accessed via the River Thames. A large number of houses were built along the banks of the river and as this particular house was, around the edge of the common land. This common land (today Twickenham Green is all that remains) was originally joined with Hounslow Heath and covered a very large area. Houses built here would have been isolated and rural, however in the 19th century many houses and institutions such as workhouses were built and the area became less desirable.