Hampton is a suburban area, centred on an old village on the north bank of the River Thames, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in England. Formerly it was in the county of Middlesex, which was its postal county that remains in use by most residents and businesses. The population is about 18,000. It is served by Hampton Station.
The Anglo-Saxon parish of Hampton included present-day Hampton, Hampton Hill, Hampton Wick and hamlet of Hampton Court surrounding Hampton Court Palace which together are called the Hamptons. The combined population (2001) of the Hamptons is 37,131.The name Hampton may come from the Anglo-Saxon words hamm meaning an enclosure in the bend of a river and ton meaning farmstead or settlement.
It adjoins Bushy Park and is west of Kingston upon Thames. The Hampton Heated Open Air Pool is one of the few such swimming pools remaining in Greater London. The riverside, on the reach above Molesey Lock, has many period buildings including Garrick's House and Shakespeare's Temple; also on the river is the Astoria Houseboat recording studio. Hampton Ferry provides access across the Thames to Molesey.
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