The villages of East and West
Molesey lie on the banks of the River Mole close
to historic Hampton Court Palace, a favourite
haunt of Henry VIII who acquired the great house
from his archbishop, Cardinal Wolsey, and
effectively rebuilt it. One of England’s greatest
Tudor monuments, it has a hedge maze containing
many miles of paths.
At the mouth of the River Mole is Hampton Court Bridge, designed by Edwin Lutyens. Across the River Thames is the former home of the 18th century actor and impresario David Garrick.