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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.
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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.
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