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Du Cane Court Wandsworth
Summary: Du Cane Court is an impressive Art Deco housing complex built in 1938, at that time the largest purpose-built private accommodation of this type in Europe. There are a range of different flats and maisonettes, and the communal gardens at the front were designed by Seyemon Kusumoto, one of which has a water feature comprising a pond and waterfall. One of the most enduring myths is that the building was used by the Luftwaffe as a visual navigation point during air raids in WWII, which may have led to the associated myth that Hitler had the building in mind for housing his officers in the event of a conquest of or accord with Britain. A Residents Association has been set up to maintain the estate.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Balham High Road
Postcode: SW17 > Google Map
Type of site: Housing/Estate Landscaping
Date(s): 1938
Designer(s): Seyemon Kusumoto
Listed structures:
Borough: Wandsworth
Site ownership: private
Site management:
Open to public? No
Opening times: private
Special conditions:
Public transport: Rail/tube: Balham (Northern)
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/05/2009
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

The estate's name is derived from the Du Quesnes family, Huguenots who fled persecution in France in c.1570 and moved to London in the early C17th. Their descendants became wealthy and came to own large tracts of land by the late C19th, including Streatham Common and an estate in Balham. Charles Henry Copley Du Cane (b.1864) was Lord of the Manors of Great and Little Braxted and sold the plot of land on which Du Cane Court was built.

Sources consulted:

Gregory K Vincent, 'A History of Du Cane Court: Land, Architecture, People and Politics' (Woodbine Press, 2008); History on Du Cane Court website
Grid ref: TQ282730
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: No
Conservation Area name:
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area:
Other LA designation:

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