King Henrys Mound


King Henrys Mound

The protected view of St Pauls from Richmond Hill.

Location: Pembroke Lodge Gardens, Queens Road, Richmond

Description: This historic vista point is actually a prehistoric burial chamber from the Bronze Age (between 2400 and 1500 BC), today boasting a telescope and picturesque views of the Thames Valley.

It is famously known for being used as a viewpoint for hunting and falconry by King Henry VII and other royal hunters. One story (and how its name has stuck) runs like this - King Henry VIII climbed to the top here on 19th May 1536 to watch for a signal (a rocket) from the Tower of London that Anne Boleyn had lost her head and that he was free to marry Jane Seymour.

Today it offers fabulous panoramic views of the Thames Valley to the west and a distant view of St. Paul's Cathedral threough the trees to the east. This view is now protected and no new building is allowed to impede it.

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King Henrys Mound

The protected view of St Pauls from Richmond Hill.

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