Richmond from the Terrace painting. Although the original watercolour has been sold, prints are still available in various sizes

 

Richmond from the Terrace is a  classic view of Richmond town and its Norman castle which was unconquered throughout its long history. Built in 1171 the magnificent 100 ft Keep and the fact that it was built on solid rock overlooking the river Swale was the main reason for this. Mercury bridge or as older locals still call it Station bridge as it was erected with equal funds from both the Town Council and the railway company. The green area on the town side of the river is now called the batts, it was once the site of a sawmill which used the force of the water of the Swale to power its machinery. Also further up next to the waterfalls or force was a paper mill and gas works.