by Graciela Corkery
Edward III builds first Richmond palace
Edward III begins to transform a royal manor by the Thames at Richmond into a building that can for the first time be called a palace
Richard II's wife dies at Richmond
Anne of Bohemia, the wife of Richard II, dies of plague at Richmond and in his distress the king orders the palace to be demolished
Henry V begins new palace at Richmond
Soon after his accession Henry V begins construction of a new royal palace at Richmond
1603 March 23
Elizabeth I dies in Richmond palace
Queen Elizabeth I dies at the age of 69 in Richmond Palace
Law punishes malicious damage of the bridge with deportation
The Richmond Bridge Act 1772 specified that the punishment for "willful or malicious damage" to the bridge should be "transportation to one of His Majesty's Colonies in America for the space of seven years". A warning against damage can still be seen on the milestone at the Surrey end of the bridge.
Richmond tontine launched
A tontine is launched in Richmond to raise money for the construction of a bridge across the Thames
Richmond Bridge opens to traffic
Richmond Bridge, designed by James Paine and Kenton Couse, opens to traffic (and is now the oldest bridge in London)
Commercial success sees tolls reduced
A large annual surplus from tolls allowes the reduction of passage to one penny.
St Helena Terrace is built beside Thames
St Helena Terrace is built beside the Thames, on land sold by the Crown in 1833
Boathouses by Richmond Bridge
Four new boathouses are built by Richmond Bridge, to be occupied chiefly by the watermen families of the Chittys, the Peasleys and the Wheelers, for boat-hiring and boatbuilding.
First railway bridge across the Thames
Richmond's railway bridge, the first to cross the Thames, is built to continue the line on towards Windsor
25 March 1859
Richmond Bridge now toll free
A team of labourers symbolically removed toll gates from their hinges and the toll houses were demolished to be replaced by seating.
Richmond Bridge widened
Richmond Bridge is widened, to accommodate modern traffic, with the original stones used to clad the extension