Talk: The building history of Ham into the 21st century by Richard Woolf

Date(s) - Monday 10 March 2025
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Duke Street Church

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Richard Woolf will reflect on the evolution of the village of Ham in Richmond through its building history, both past and future.

His talk will focus on the development of Ham from an Arcadian aristocratic playground to an industrial wasteland and then its rapid evolution as a late twentieth century housing enclave, both social and private.

He will present an overview of this once overlooked but increasingly vibrant part of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames through its building history and consider the implications of the current phase of housing development with the new high density Ham Close project currently commencing construction.


Richard Woolf is a local architect, building historian and resident of Ham. His research at the University of Cambridge concluded with his recent Masters of Studies (MSt Cantab) in Building History with a specialist interest in ecclesiastical and industrial buildings.

A member of and contributor to the journal of the Twentieth Century Society, Richard is also a committee member of the Association for the Studies in the Conservation of Historic Buildings.