From a Conservation Area Study (Kew Road/Kew Gardens) by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames:
“…For the first 15 years the station was isolated with shops some distance away on Sandycombe Lane and Kew Green. The first wooden lock-up shops around the station appeared in the late 1880s.
Station Parade and Station Approach together form a largely late Victorian shopping area. The curious single storey retail units immediately adjoining the station itself and all the shops in this area are regarded as key or secondary shopping frontages, and the individual properties make a valuable contribution to the townscape, providing levity to an otherwise high densityVictorian layout. The station itself is one of the few surviving C19 stations on the North London Line. It is of two-storey brick construction with prominent round-headed window openings…”