The Twickenham Museum
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Walter Hammerton's Ferry
Rival to the Twickenham Ferry

Walter Hammerton in his ferry boat

There were many ferries across the Thames in the days when the only bridges were London Bridge and Kingston Bridge.

Ferrying people and goods across the river must have been good business because many rival ferries started up.

One of these was started by Walter Hammerton in 1908 crossing from Marble Hill Park to Ham House. It cost one penny to cross the river.

William Champion in his ferry boat, 1890

In 1947 when Walter Hammerton retired, a song was written about the ferry describing it as "The Ferry to Fairyland". Hammerton's Ferry is still running today carrying people across the river.

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