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The Necrophilist

by 5ocietyx

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In the book, The Age of Scandal by T.H. White a whole chapter was devoted to Richmond resident and gentleman of high society George Selwyn entitled ‘The Necrophilist’. He gained his nick-name due to his macabre fascination with death, torture and execution. Although he spent 44 years in the House of Commons he never made a speech.

Nick Selwyn, in a talk to the Richmond Local History Society in 2009 had this to say

He enjoyed his frequent visits to the Tyburn Gallows near the spot where Marble Arch is today and according to Horace Walpole witnessed the executions at Tower Hill of the great highland Jacobite Earls after Bonnie Prince Charlie’s failed invasion of England in 1745. Lord Holland on his deathbed told the servant “The next time Selwyn calls, show him up: if I am alive I will be pleased to see him, and if I am dead he will be pleased to see me!” George  often attended the infamous Hell-Fire club at Medmenham Abbey near Henley- on-Thames, where the more depraved members of society indulged in Satanic rituals and Witchcraft

The full story of George Selwyn really merits a separate treatment of its own, so I will conclude with a reference to his close and life-long friendships with two important Richmond residents, namely  William Douglas, Earl of March, the  4th  Duke of Queensberry  one of the richest and  most debauched men in England and Horace Walpole. The Duke owned an imposing mansion overlooking the Thames, on the spot where the Queensberry mansions block of flats is today along Friars Lane, just off the Green. He enjoyed the nickname Old Q as this letter was prominently displayed on the doors of his carriage

According to Wikipedia

He was known for his fascination with the macabre and other forms of sexual eccentricity.

According to Rogues Gallery Online

There are unsavory rumours about his visits to undertakers and what he gets up to with the bodies but nothing has been proved.

Sound familiar?

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Updated: Savile and the Hidden Hand

Jimmy Savile hidden hand

Jimmy Savile and the hidden hand

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Augustus_Selwyn_(politician)
http://www.thevineyardrichmond.info/selwyn-family.html
http://www.roguesgalleryonline.com/theres-something-strange-about-george/

Syd Barrett and Richmond Hill

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One of the rock myths of west London that circulated T’hinternets a while ago was that the co-founder of The Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, was often seen wandering the riverbanks of Richmond during his acid meltdown.

Yet this particular urban legend would appear to have some credibility because Barrett did actually live on Richmond Hill with fellow band member Rick Wright during this time.

Barrett also cites a girl he saw wandering round Richmond as his inspiration for the song ‘Apples and Oranges’.

Barrett returned to Cambridge to live with his mother after his breakdown and reverted to being called by his birth-name Roger.

One of the problems Barrett faced was the fact that even if he did attempt to make a musical comeback and turn his life around wherever he went, particularly in the music world, people would forever remind him of Syd.

A less plausible rock myth involving Richmond Hill is that Mick Jagger lives there but has anyone ever seen him there? Jerry Hall has lived there since their divorce and according to recent news stories is negotiating with Jagger to keep the house for herself and their children.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syd_Barrett

London’s forgotten Arcadia

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Sunset on Richmond Hill. photo 5ocietyx

By the 17th century the region had become a haven for artists, philosophers, mystics and kings. They settled here, inspired by romantic vistas and the promise of a cultured, disease free life. A century later their King erected a Meridian down the centre of the River Thames. Curiously, it appears to have been positioned in such a way as to commemorate the rivers most sacred landmarks, symbolically intersecting them, joining them together in a sacred landscape they called Arcadia.

From the thought provoking andrew gough’s arcadia

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill. photo 5ocietyx

“Trams and dusty trees.
Highbury bore me. Richmond and Kew
Undid me. By Richmond I raised my knees
Supine on the floor of a narrow canoe.”
The Wasteland, T.S Eliot

Folly, Ham

Folly, Ham. photo 5ocietyx

Ham House, Ham

Ham House, Ham. photo 5ocietyx

Old Isleworth

Old Isleworth. photo 5ocietyx

Richmond Hill @ sunset

Richmond Hill @ sunset. photo 5ocietyx

http://andrewgough.co.uk/richmond1.html

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