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Living in East Sheen: The Local Area Guide

East Sheen is a London suburb in the leafy area of Richmond upon Thames.

Richmond, for many years, was known as Sheen and East Sheen merely referred to the eastern section of it. Henry VII built Richmond Palace there, however, and the name quickly changed. East Sheen was, for centuries, a small hamlet. However, in 1846 the railway was introduced and commuting made possible. Soon after businessmen, the gentry and working class people began to move there and quickly the area expanded, doubling in size to around 10,000 people in thirty years.

East Sheen is known for being especially green and open. It contains a large section of the beautiful Richmond Park, and also has within its boundaries Palewell Common which offers a pitch and putt course, a playground and sports fields. East Sheen Common, which is run by the National Trust, offers 75 acres of woodland, meadows, lawn spaces and playing fields including a cricket pitch and bowling green.

The village itself is wealthy and has a vibrant community spirit. The Triangle in the centre, which features a war memorial and 250 year old milestone, sits in the long high street which is well known for its shops, bars, restaurants and pubs. 300 meters away is the railway station, and an array of businesses have their offices there.

Demographics

According to the 2011 census East Sheen has a population of around 10,348. It belongs to the wider Richmond upon Thames area and is fairly representative of it demographically and economically. The mean age is 38.3 - less than the national mean of 39.3, and the proportion of the population over the age of 65 is very small at 13.5%. More than a fifth of residents are under the age of 18.

Unemployment is low, and wealth high. Just 1.5% of residents claim Jobseeker's Allowance, which is half the rate for England, and less than 7% claim any kind of benefit. In terms of social grade, which is determined by the job of the main household earner, 48% of households are classified as AB - more than double the rate for the rest of the country. Nearly a third more are in Grade C1, and less than 20% belong to the lowest two grades C2 and DE.

The area also has very high rates of education. More than half of people have reached Level 4 qualifications or better, in comparison with 27.4% for the rest of the country. Only 10.6% have no formal qualifications.

Home ownership rates are fairly close to the national averages, with 63% of households owner occupied. Private renting is common, with a fifth of households occupied that way. That's higher than the national rate of 15.4%.

Sources: 2011 Census, Department for Work and Pensions

Education

East Sheen boasts some excellent schools within its boundaries, and there are even more spread out across Richmond - both privately and state-run.

The foremost state primary school is East Sheen Primary School, which has performed exceptionally well under inspection from Ofsted and received a glowing report recently,

Of the secondary schools, Richmond Park Academy now has a well-earned good reputation. With just over 800 pupils, it overcame a difficult period at the turn of the millennium and now has received very good reports from inspections.

Transport

Mortlake railway station, 300 meters from The Triangle, is the primary station for East Sheen. It belongs to Zone 3, and has services run by South West Trains including eight direct trains every hour to Waterloo. Four of these go by Clapham Junction, two stop at Richmond and Hounslow and two more stop at Richmond, Kingston and Wimbledon.

In terms of busses, the routes running through East Sheen are 33, 337 and 493.

Amenities and Shopping

The long high street through the village is where most of the shops and amenities are. These include supermarkets, convenience stores, antique and furniture shops, hardware stores and interesting independently owned shops. There are also a handful of big name brands, although, with central London so easy to reach, high fashion is not far away.

In terms of pubs and restaurants it is very well furnished. The most popular pubs are The Victoria, The Hare & Hounds and The Plough.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

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

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