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Harefield Grove Hillingdon
Summary: Harefield Grove is an early C19th house, whose grounds were landscaped by J B Papworth for W Flower in 1826. They contained a series of lakes one of which has a cascade, and numerous mature trees. The house was converted as offices in 1984-5 and occupied by Initial Services, but is now in process of development as 90 luxury apartments by Comer Homes Group.
Previous / Other name: Guttersdean
Site location: Rickmansworth Road, Harefield
Postcode: UB9 6JY > Google Map
Type of site: Private Open Land
Date(s): early C19th
Listed structures: LBII: Harefield Grove
Borough: Hillingdon
Site ownership: Comer Homes
Site management:
Open to public? No
Opening times: private
Special conditions:
Public transport: Tube/Rail: Rickmansworth (Metropolitan) then bus. Bus: R1.
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/11/2005
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Fuller information:

The house is approached via new gates between two superb Wellingtonias and there are lime trees along the drive. On the lawn to the west of the house are beech trees and a lime clump with laurel understorey, and east of the house are sloping lawns to the north lake, dotted with mature lime, Lebanon cedar, specimen conifers and good beech trees. To the south are a series of lakes with an iron bridge by Watson Iron Works at the south end of the main lake, and a brick built cascade at the north end. There is possibly vestigial parkland further north. In shrubbery to the west of the house is an elegant early-C20th swimming pool.

Sources consulted:

H Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840, London 1978, p618; Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 edition) p320; estate map 1861, LB Hillingdon Local History Library; D Winton, "Harefield Grove Estate", Here and there in Harefield, 1989.
Grid ref: TQ054910
Size in hectares: c.8.1
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
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:
In Conservation Area: No
Conservation Area name:
Tree Preservation Order: Yes
Nature Conservation Area: Yes - Borough Importance II (part)
Green Belt: Yes
Metropolitan Open Land:
Special Policy Area:
Other LA designation:

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