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American Community School Hillingdon

Summary

Hillingdon Court was built in 1854-8 by P C Hardwick for the banker Charles Mills, later Lord Hillingdon. Since 1978 it has been the American Community School and although the grounds are much reduced, formal gardens remain to south and east, the latter with an open prospect to Hillingdon Court Park.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
Hillingdon Court; ACS Hillingdon International School

Site location:
Vine Lane, Hillingdon

Postcode:
UB10 0BH ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Institutional Grounds

Date(s):
1854-58

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
LBII*: Hillingdon Court. LBII: lodge on Vine Lane

Borough:
Hillingdon

Site ownership:
American Community School

Site management:
American Community School

Open to public?
No

Opening times:
private

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Uxbridge, Hillingdon (Piccadilly, Metropolitan) then bus. Bus U2.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/03/2005
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.acs-schools.com/acs-hillingdon.aspx

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ068838

Size in hectares:
c.4.4

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No

In Conservation Area:
No

Tree Preservation Order:
Yes - on most of trees

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
Yes

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

Fuller information

Hillingdon Court has been described as 'the most impressive of Hillingdon's surviving major houses' (Nikolaus Pevsner). The gardens include large tazzas, stone-edged beds, baulstrades and steps, although the layout is simplified. There is a parterre to the east down to grass, a bed occupies what was possibly a circular basin, and the lowest terrace is now a tennis court. South of the house, south of Court Drive, the gardens of C20th private houses contain some notable exotic trees, including Wellingtonias and Cedars. The C19th lodge on Vine Lane is also possibly by Hardwick.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 edition) p335; The Florist, 1856, 243-44; Gardeners' Chronicle i 1907, 319-20; Journal of Horticulture and Home Farmer n.s., v.66, 1913, pp564-65; 'History of Hillingdon Court' on ACS Hillingdon website

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