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Gordon House Richmond
Summary: Gordon House, originally called Seaton House, was built in 1720, added to by Robert Adam in 1758. The grounds are said to have been Venetian in style with ornamental gardens, fountains and classical garden features. In 1856 it became a school for the daughters of naval officers and later a Royal Naval School. Within the grounds is a huge plane tree and an orangery and mound survived from earlier landscaping. By 1949 it was a teacher training college, which in 1976 became part of West London Institute of Higher Education when Borough Road and Maria Grey teacher training colleges and Chiswick Polytechnic merged, with campuses in Isleworth and Twickenham. In 1995 West London Institute was incorporated into Brunel Universiy. In 2005 the campus at Gordon House closed, the remaining staff and students moving to Uxbridge.
Previous / Other name: Seaton House; West London Institute of Higher Education
Site location: St Margaret's Road/Kilmorey Road/Railshead Road
Postcode: TW1 1PX > Google Map
Type of site: Institutional Grounds
Date(s): C18th
Listed structures: LBII* Gordon House. Stable Block
Borough: Richmond
Site ownership: to check
Site management:
Open to public? to check
Opening times:
Special conditions:
Public transport: Tube: Hounslow Central (Piccadilly) then bus. Rail/London Overground/Tube (District): Richmond then bus. Rail: St Margaret's. Bus: H37
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/03/2004
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Sources consulted:

St Margaret's Estate Conservation Area Study, LB Richmond, 2001; Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 3: North West (Penguin) 1999; Brunel University website for History of West London Institute (
Grid ref: TQ166750
Size in hectares:
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: Yes
Conservation Area name: St Margaret's
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Thames Policy Area abuts
Other LA designation:

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