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Terry Foreman  •  Link

Barn Elms is an open space in Barnes...located on the northerly loop of the River Thames between Barnes and Fulham.

Its name is derived from the Georgian house and parkland which stood on the site, until it was burnt down in the 1950s....The house referred to may be a later property to one occupied by Sir Francis Walsingham known as "Elizabeth's Spymaster" from a recent book by Robert Hutchinson. The Queen used to visit Barn Elms to see her Spymaster as did many others at different times including Samuel Pepys, in those days most people travelled on the river which is close by.…

Mary  •  Link

Barn Elms reservoirs are now the heart of the Barnes Wetlands, a valuable nature reserve.

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