Tucked away in the attractive village of Hampton, on the north bank of the Thames in South West Middlesex, the Beveree is a well-kept venue that retains a certain rural charm and is well worth visiting. The ground is named after that large house (now a preparatory school) that still overlooks it today, and in whose grounds the pitch was first laid out.
Hampton FC was formed in 1921, following a series of meetings involving local clubs and in those early days were invited, along with local rivals Twickenham Town, to tender for the lease on the undeveloped ground. Twickenham’s chairman, who also happened to be the mayor, contrived to get his club the lease, and Hampton were forced to play on Hatherop Rec for seven years. Justice prevailed however, and Hampton reaped the rewards when Town were thrown off and subsequently folded. Twickenham left behind a railed off pitch and a small covered area, although the latter was frequently under water and seldom used.
The main stand which stands on the half-way line of the near touchline replaced the previous structure in 1962. Seating was originally provided by wooden benches, although these were later replaced by seats acquired from two grounds: Granleigh Road (Leytonstone), and Plough Lane (Wimbledon). Floodlights arrived five years later, along with the clubhouse; whilst 1970 saw the development of the large covered terrace adjacent to the stand, providing cover for some 800 spectators.
During the summer of 1999, the club adopted the new title of Hampton & Richmond Borough FC, as the only senior club within the boundaries of the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames. The same year, a second seated stand was constructed behind the near goal, with a small section of terrace on either side. There is further terracing behind the goal at the top end of the ground, whilst hard standing extends the length of the touchline opposite the main stand.
A further import to the ground are the turnstiles, which previously saw service at nearby Hurst park racecourse until its closure in the early 1960s.
Exit the M25 at the M3 Junction and head towards Central London. Come off at Junction 1 (Sunbury) and follow signs for A308 Kingston. After approximately 2 miles turn left into High Street, then immediately left into Station Road. The entrance to Bevere is in Beaver Close which is 200 yards on the right.
Alternatively, from the A3 exit at the junction signed Hampton Court. Follow signs for Hampton Court which will take you through Esher and past Sandown Race course. Once over Hampton Court Bridge turn left on to Hampton Court Road. After approx 1½ miles turn right in to High Street, then left in to Station Road.
Hampton (BR), ten minutes walk