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The coming of the railway to Richmond on the 27th of July 1846, (with the Richmond and West End Railway) would have led to greater accessibility, and an increase in population. Currently, the population of Richmond stands at more than 20,000 people.
To the east and south of the town lies Richmond Park, a wild area of heath and woodland, where red and fallow deer wander free. Within the park stand several large buildings, such as Pembroke Lodge and White Lodge. To the north lies Old Deer Park, with its recreation grounds.
Rising southwards from Richmond Bridge is Richmond Hill with its stunning views. Also situated here is the Royal Star and Garter home (formerly the Star and Garter Hotel). Mount Ararat Road, where Christabel LaMotte lived with Blanche Glover, is a real road still in existence, lined with many Victorian houses, as well as new-builds.
The old town of Scarborough, on the North Sea coast, is situated around a harbour and protected by a rocky headland. The town is famous for the ballad Scarborough Fair, and for the 11th century ruins of Scarborough Castle. Scarborough's first hotel was opened on the 10th of June 1845. Filey, historically a fishing village, is part of the borough of Scarborough.
The town of Whitby, 47 miles from York, is famous for its ancient Whitby Abbey and Whitby jet. Robin Hood's Bay is a small fishing village with a maze of tiny, steep streets and a bay. It is located 5 miles south of Whitby. Flamborough Head is a promontory of 8 miles on the North Sea coast.