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Strawberry House * Hounslow

Summary

* on The National Heritage List for England, Parks & Gardens

Strawberry House overlooks Chiswick Mall, which became a riverside village for the wealthy. The house was built in the early C18th and the original garden plan may date from that time, although the present layout of pools and paths is largely of the early C20th, with later planting of the 1960s.

Basic Details

Site location:
Chiswick Mall

Postcode:
W4 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Private Garden

Date(s):
C18th, C20th

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
LBII*: Strawberry House. LBII: Early C19th cast iron railings and gate

Borough:
Hounslow

Site ownership:
private

Site management:

Open to public?
No

Opening times:
private

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Stamford Brook (District)

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/11/2005
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ218780

Size in hectares:
0.2

Green Flag:
Yes

On EH National Register :
Yes

EH grade:
Grade II

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:
Yes

Conservation Area name:
Old Chiswick

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
Yes - Thames Policy Area

Other LA designation:
Historic Parks and Gardens

Fuller information

Site on The National Heritage List for England, Parks & Gardens, for Register Entry see https://www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list

Strawberry House overlooks Chiswick Mall, which became a riverside village for the wealthy; nearby is Walpole House (q.v.). Like a number of other riverside properties, Strawberry House has a separate strip of garden between the Mall and river. The house was built in the C18th with a brick front of c.1735 added to an earlier house with a walled garden to the north. The original garden plan may date from the C18th but the present layout of paths and pools dates mainly from the early 1920s and with notable planting development since the 1960s. A paved courtyard is at the rear of the house from which steps rise between flanking brick piers to another paved area with a circular pool, sculpture of a Goose Girl and fountain. Beyond is a long lawn with trees and bushes at the far end. A brick path divides the western half of the garden with pool and lawn from the eastern half that has a formal scheme of paving, which encloses two rectangular pools, one with a fountain, and also extensive bedding and shrubbery. Trees include mature mulberry, magnolia, pear and wisteria, supplemented by much planting from the 1960s. Other plants found here include fine camellias, tree peonies, viburnum, Stachyurus, Abeliophyllum, clematis and climbing roses.

Sources consulted:

Country Life, 14 November 19850 pp1536-40; G Plumptre, Collins Book of British Gardens, 1985, pp106-7; Arabella Lennox-Boyd, 'Private Gardens of London', London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1990; Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 edition) p402

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