London Heritage Farm

About London Heritage Farm

London Farm - exterior with flowers

6511 Dyke Road
Richmond, B.C. V7E 3R3
Phone: 604-271-5220 
Fax: 604-271-5248
Email: londonhf@telus.net
Website: http://londonfarm.ca

PDF Document South Arm Area Map

Welcome to London Heritage Farm, a 4.06 acre site that contains the historical London Farm House and a park overlooking the south arm of the Fraser River.

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Tea Time
London Farm - teapot
The lovely country-style Tea Room seats up to 25 and serves London Farm's own blend of "London Lady" tea, homemade scones with homemade jam and butter and three other baked items for $12.50 per person.
Tea is served on fine English bone china "London Lady" tea. Locally made jams and jellies, London Heritage Farm's own honey, handmade soap, English Bone China and many other items are for sale in the gift shop.

Tea Room Operating Hours
Saturday and Sunday (Closed in January)
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Entrance to the farm house is by donation.
The lower level of the house, including the Tea Room, is wheelchair accessible. 

Farm House and Grounds
Explore the 1898 London Farm House which has been fully restored and furnished to illustrate rural life in Richmond between 1890 and 1920.

The site also includes beautiful heritage perennial flower, kitchen and herb garden, the restored Spraggs family barn, an outside exhibit of large, antique farm equipment, chickens, Honey and Blue Orchard bees, community gardens and amenities such as picnic tables and public washrooms.

Farm House Operating Hours
July to Aug.: Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5:00 pm.
Sept. to Dec. and Feb. to June: Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5:00 pm.
January: Closed

Tours
London Farm - Bedroom
Escorted house tours are available or you can tour on your own. Group tours can be arranged for most days but should be booked at least two weeks in advance. Please contact the London Farm Administrator at 604-271-5220 for more information.

School Tours
Discover pioneer life during the founding days of Richmond with a 60 minute guided tour of the Farm House, heritage gardens, chicken coop, and more.  Tour ends with juice and cookies in the Tea Room or outdoors on the picnic tables.

Grades: K-12
Availability: Wednesday to Friday, after 10:00am only.
Cost:    $4 per student ($3 per student when combined with Richmond Museum’s “Food for Thought” program.)

Special Events
Please visit http://londonfarm.ca for current schedule of special events.

Rentals
London Farm - exterior
The south or family lawn and gazebo are available for outdoor events such as weddings, company picnics, festivals and family reunions. The Tea Room is also available for rent for smaller groups (up to 24 seated or 35-40 standing) for meetings, retreats, bride or baby showers, birthday parties or anniversaries.

Filming and Commercial Photographs
For filming or commercial photography inquiries, please contact:

City of Richmond Film Office
604 247-4659
filmoffice@richmond.ca

History
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City of Richmond Archives Photograph 1984 17 74

The small house at the back was the original house the London brothers built when they first began to farm.  The back half of the London Farm House was built around 1888 and the front half 8 years later.  The small house at the rear was retained and used either for a summer kitchen for canning or to house farm help at time of harvest.  The London's main crop was potatoes.

The house is in its original location as the water shown is a storage/drainage canal.  At the turn of the century, Richmond farmers began constructing dykes along the river to protect their farms and drain accumulated water through flood gates at low tide.  

In June and December each year, there was a 2-3 week period of extremely high tides when the river level was too high to utilize the flood gates.  Large ponds were dug out to accumulate the water and the fill was used to make the dykes.  The bottom right hand corner shows posts holding the fill which became the dyke.

Note the water tower at the back end of the house.  A pipe connected the eaves trough to the water tower to accumulate water.  With Richmond below sea level and tidal pressures pushing sea water up the river, ground wells could not be used as salt water would seep into them.  The water tower also gave the farm house some running water.