It was established in 1983 as the Richmond & Twickenham Guardian. It became the Richmond & Barnes Guardian in 1987, then spent a six-month spell in 1991 as the Richmond Borough Guardian before reverting to its original title. In 1994 it became the Richmond Borough Guardian again before settling on the Richmond Guardian as its title in 2003.
It was published by Newsquest (South London) as one of their series of freesheet Guardian weekly tabloids. It was part of a larger group including the Kingston Guardian for the neighbouring Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames and the Elmbridge Guardian for the Surrey district of that name.
It ceased publication in late 2008. At the same time, the local paid-for tabloid, the Richmond & Twickenham Times, became mostly freesheet.
It came out on Thursdays.