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|OS grid reference:||TQ205755|
|County level:||Greater London|
|Sovereign state:||United Kingdom|
|Ceremonial county:||Greater London|
|Historic county:||Surrey (1965)|
|Police force:||Metropolitan Police|
|Fire brigade:||London Fire Brigade|
|Ambulance service:||London Ambulance|
|Post office and telephone|
|UK Parliament:||Richmond Park|
|London Assembly:||South West|
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The cemetery of St Mary Magdalene's Church in Mortlake contains the tomb of Sir Richard Burton.
Since 1845, the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race has had its finish point at Mortlake, marked by the University Boat Race stone just downstream of Chiswick Bridge. Several other important rowing races over the Championship Course also either start or finish at the stone.
The origin of the name is obscured by time but it is not, contrary to popular belief, from being a plague burial site. A "mortlake" is another name for an oxbow but there is no lake now, and the village was already established hundreds of years before the plague. The name is almost certainly derived from the name of an early saxon chief "MORTA" and his part of the Thames, his "LAKE", which word meant a stretch of running water then rather than its modern meaning. The excellent fishing of salmon from the Thames here was the main reason for the settlement of the village.
Little is left today of Mortlake highstreet. The Stag Brewery, formerly owned by Watney's and then Scottish Courage, is now leased to Anheuser-Busch Europe Ltd and produces the American lager Budweiser, often sending the smell of hops over a wide area when the wind changes direction.
Mortlake bus garage situated in Avondale Road was closed in 1983. Much of the site was rebuilt as housing but a small area near the railway was retained as a turning point for buses, with toilet facilities and a small office. Mortlake garage had opened very early in the 20th century and originally catered for horse buses. In later years the stables were converted into the traffic office.
The Mortlake & Barnes Common ward of Richmond-upon-Thames London Borough Council is highly marginal. Following the 2006 local elections, the Liberal Democrats currently hold all three seats in the ward (and, indeed, hold a majority on the Council). The local MP, Susan Kramer (Richmond Park), is also a Liberal Democrat.
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|London Borough of Richmond upon Thames|