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The local area guide to living in East Sheen

East Sheen is a suburb in London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames.

It was first mentioned by name in the year 950, although there is archaeological evidence showing nearly 5000 years of human habitation. In the first part of middle ages, Richmond as a whole was called Sheen, before Richmond Palace was built under the reign of Henry VII and the town became known as Richmond.

For many centuries East Sheen was a tiny hamlet within the parish of Mortlake. It was green and leafy, with a very low population. However, in 1846, the introduction of the railway allowed wealthy, gentry, middle class businessmen as well as working class families based in London to buy up and build houses in the village. East Sheen grew very quickly, doubling its population in thirty years.

These days, it is a wealthy residential village with a strong sense of community and culture. It’s long high street is particularly well known - it has excellent shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes and offices and is the primary economic hub for the whole of Mortlake. The Triangle, a small traffic island featuring a 250-year old milestone, is in the centre of town and approximately 300m away from the railway station.

East Sheen contains a large amount of green space and parkland, including an extensive portion of Richmond Park. There is also Palewell Common, which features playing fields and a pitch and putt course, as well as the incredible 75-acre East Sheen Common. East Sheen Common is owned by the National Trust, and features a combination of lush woodland and open lawn areas, which include a cricket field and bowling green.

Information about the local residents

East Sheen has a population of 10,348 according to the 2011 census.

It belongs to the wealthy Richmond upon Thames area, which has a low mean age of 38.3 - one year younger than the national average. Only around 13.5% of the population are of pensionable age, while around 21% are under the age of 18.

The area is exceptionally well-educated. 53% of people have achieved Level 4 qualifications or higher, which compares to 27.4% for England as a whole, and just 10.6% have achieved no formal qualifications at all. This is likely part of the reason for the low unemployment rate - just 1.5% of people claim Jobseeker's Allowance, and only 6.8% of people claim benefits of any kind.

Richmond upon Thames's social grade profile is very high. When measured by the occupation of the primary earner, 48.2% of households belong to grade AB. That compares with 23% for the rest of the country. A further 31.1% of households are in grade C1, and just 19.7% are in grades C2 or DE.

House prices are relatively high, and for that reason home ownership rates are not above average despite the above average wealth in the area. 63% of households are owner occupied, and 20.6% are privately rented which compares to 15.4% for England.

Sources: 2011 Census, Department for Work and Pensions

Nearby schools

There are several good schools in East Sheen, as well as many more across Richmond upon Thames which are still easily accessible.

East Sheen Primary School, which is state run, received outstanding ratings in recent Ofsted inspections. It was described in a report as 'a wonderful school that is friendly, confident and vibrant'.

Another impressive school in East Sheen is Richmond Park Academy, a mixed state school with around 800 pupils. In the early 2000s it underperformed but under the leadership of Headmistress Lesley Kirby it has improved dramatically and is now rated 'good' in all measures.

Getting around

Being a London suburb, the most popular form of transport in East Sheen is the railway.

The main station is Mortlake railway station, which is in Travelcard Zone 3 and runs a South West Trains service. It runs eight trains every hour to London Waterloo, including four via Clapham Junction, two via Richmond, Kingston and Wimbledon and two via Richmond and Hounslow.

East Sheen is also served by Transport for London bus routes 33, 337 and 493.

Local Shops

East Sheen's high street has a very good reputation. It has a good selection of furniture and hardware stores, as well as independent boutiques, small supermarkets, convenience stores, and some bigger high street brands.

East Sheen also has some outstanding pubs and restaurants. Foremost of these are The Plough, The Victoria and The Hare & Hounds.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.