Richmond Hill by Carmel Sivill

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill offers the only view in England to be protected by an Act of Parliament—the Richmond, Ham and Petersham Open Spaces Act passed in 1902 was granted to protect the land on and below Richmond Hill. Therefore, preserving the fine foreground views to the west and south. Immortalised in paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds and J. M. W. Turner, Richmond Hill has been described by Sir Walter Scott as "an unrivalled landscape". It was this view that inspired the name of Richmond, Virginia, after the colonial city founder William Byrd II noticed a curve in the James River that resembled that of the River Thames.