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Having operated in and around the Twickenham area for many years we thought we would pay tribute to Twickenham with what we feel is a most fascinating history of this part of west London
The History Of Twickenham
Twickenham is a suburban township ten miles southwest of central London. It is a town that hosts the government's administrative office, the "London Borough of Richmond upon Thames". It is also home to "London Plan" which is an important district centre. Due to its population growth, the town was transformed to the "Municipality Borough of Twickenham" in 1926 according to the history of Twickenham.
The municipality of this town has been part of Greater London since 1965. In those days, this region used to be the location of early Neolithic settlers around the Mesolithic period. 
Excavations in the area have revealed evidence of pre-Norman existence up till the Bronze Age, Iron Age and the Roman occupation. 
According to historical records, the town was previously referred to as "Tuiccanham" and "Tuican hom".In June 13, 704 AD, the town was ceded to Waldhere, Bishop of London. 
The charter was sealed with 12 crosses and signature of Earl Paeogthath, Swaefred of Essex, and Coenred of Mercia. 
During the Norman era, the township became part of the Manor of Isleworth which was also part of a bigger region called the "Hundred of Hounslow".
The manor was owned by the Earl of Mercia during the time of Edward the Confessor. 
The manor was eventually handed down to Walter de Saint-Valery in 1066 by William I of England after the Norman Conquest of England.
The region then became a centre for farming, boat building, and fishing trade. By the 17th century, the Bubonic Plague arrived in the township.
About 64 fatalities were documented in history books from the Plague in 1605. 
By 1633, York House was built and occupied by Edward Montagu, the 2nd Earl of Manchester. 
Montagu lived in York House till 1656. 
Edward Hyde, the 1st Earl of Clarendon eventually took over the area. 
History records first mentioned the existence of the Ferry in 1659.
The 18th century brought in large scale gunpowder manufacturing to the region. 
Most of the production was located near the River Crane between Whitton and Twickenham. 
During that time, safety measures were not as efficient as today and there were many accidental deaths due to accidental explosions in the gunpowder factories. 
One of the most horrific gunpowder accidents involved three mills that exploded in 1772.
The gunpowder industry remained operational until 1927. 
The sites near the former gunpowder factories are now mostly composed of natural reserves.
Crane Park now occupies most of the factory sites today. 
The 18th century also led to major land developments in the west side of the township that included the present day Staines and Hampton Roads, Middle Road, Workhouse Road, and the First-Fifth Cross Roads.
According to the history of Twickenham, in 1902, electricity was introduced to power the town.
With the advent of electric power, the first trams also arrived in the town after a year. 
In the year 1939, the stone tower created by Christopher Wren with the 10 bells and stone cloisters were brought to the town after the All Hallows Lombard Street was torn down. 
By 1926, the town was declared a municipal borough.
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