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Mortlake is a part of southwest London between Sheen and Barnes and bounded by the river Thames to the north. It is part of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It was originally a village in Middlesex but was later absorbed into Greater London.

Its most famous resident was Elizabeth I's advisor, John Dee.

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.

The village of Mortlake appears in the Domesday book, and the manor belonged to the Archbishops of Canterbury until the time of Henry VIII, when it passed by exchange to the Crown.

From the early part of the 17th century until after the civil wars, Mortlake was celebrated for the manufacture of tapestry.

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