Many famous people have connections with Richmond and the borough, either being born in the area or moving there later in life.
Quadruple Olympic Champion Mo Farah moved to the UK as a child and was brought up in Teddington, training at St. Mary’s University College in Twickenham. As a memorial to his success at London 2012, a postbox was painted gold. It’s located on Broad Street in Teddington.
Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio grew up and lives in Richmond. As well as playing rugby, he was in his school’s choir singing in Evita on the West End stage and at Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s wedding.
Wheelchair racer David Weir, who won four gold medals at the London Paralympics, trained in Richmond Park before major championships.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web grew up in East Sheen. He attended Sheen Mount Primary School.
After his work code-breaking at Bletchley Park, Alan Turing lived in Hampton High Street and worked at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington.
Chris Brasher, winner of the steeplechase at the 1956 Olympics and founder of the London Marathon lived in the area for many years. He also helped developed the Brasher walking boot.
Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth I spent much of her life at Richmond Palace, hunting stags in the Old Deer Park and died there in 1603. Only a small section of the Palace survives, just off Richmond Green.
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