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Early Villages Richard Earl of Cornwall
Brother of Henry III, granted the Manor of Isleworth Date: 1209 - 1272
A mediaeval roof-boss in Beaulieu Parish Church (formerly the Refectory of the Abbey) believed to depict Richard of Cornwall.
 Medieval land enclosures

Peace and prosperity followed the Norman conquest. The population increased and more land was enclosed for farming and cultivation.

Locally, the largest enclosure of land was made by Richard Earl of Cornwall in 1227. Richard was the 18 year old brother of Henry III and Henry had given him the manor of Isleworth.
Richard built a rabbit warren...rabbits had been brought to England by the Normans
Twickenham Park

Richard built a manor house in Isleworth (in what is now Lower Square). It had a stone hall with basement and kitchen, a chapel with chambers for the King and Queen and was surrounded by a moat.

Richard enclosed a large area of land with a double ditch and hedge. Later known as Twickenham Park, the enclosure stretched from the mouth of the River Crane in Isleworth to a point near Richmond Bridge (there were no bridges then).

Inside the fence were cattle, granaries and barns. Trees were grown for fuel and buildings.

At the southern end of the Park, Richard built a rabbit warren. Rabbits had been brought to England by the Normans. They were good to eat and their skins were used for winter clothes and for bedding.
Things to do
Visit Syon House in Isleworth and see the original Moses Glover map (1635) showing Twickenham Park including Richard Earl of Cornwall's rabbit warren.
Read more about Richard Earl of Cornwall (for older children and adults).

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