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Queen Mary's Place Wandsworth
Summary: Roehampton House was designed by baroque architect Thomas Archer for Thomas Carey in 1710-12 and it was later much enlarged by Edwin Lutyens in 1911-3 for A. M. Grenfell. Lutyens added 3-storey wings and designed the gardens. In 1915 the house became part of Queen Mary's Hospital Roehampton and much of the garden was built over by extensive single storey wings, designed to minimise bomb damage during WWII. The only part of the garden that remained lay immediately behind the Thomas Archer House. In the C21st, part of the former hospital land was sold for development. St James has built a new housing scheme, known as Queen Mary's Place, and restored Lutyens' Sunken Garden and Rose Garden to provide communal gardens for the residents.
Previous / Other name: Roehampton House; Queen Mary's Hospital
Site location: Roehampton Lane
Postcode: SW15 5BF > Google Map
Type of site: Housing/Estate Landscaping
Date(s): 1710, 1911
Designer(s): Edwin Lutyens
Listed structures: LBI: Roehampton House. LBII: Walls and gates to walled garden; Roehampton House Lodges and Entrance Gates.
Borough: Wandsworth
Site ownership: Berkeley Group, St James
Site management: Berkeley Group, St James
Open to public? Occasionally
Opening times: Has opened for OGSW. Otherwise private, for residents only
Took part in Open Garden Squares Weekend in 2009.
Special conditions:
Public transport: Rail: Barnes then bus. Bus: 72, 265, 493, 85, 170
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2009
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

Roehampton House appears to have been built on or near the site of an earlier house built in 1622-4 by David Papillon, a Huguenot property developer and architect who had begun to purchase land in the area in 1620. He built a number of houses in Roehampton between 1620 and 1625/6 that directly led to the popularity of Roehampton among the wealthy. Papillon's first house, which was built on land known as Upper Naylands, was sold in 1622 to George Heriot, jeweller to James I. Later known as Elm Grove, Heriot's estate is now part of Roehampton University (q.v.). Papillon's next house was called Roehampton Great House, later the site of the Froebel Institute, which he sold in 1625 to Sir Richard Weston, later Earl of Portland. Lord Portland added to the house and grounds, and his estate became known as Roehampton Park, later reduced in size when the late C18th owner, Thomas Parker, began to sell off plots of land for development between 1770-88. By 1624 Papillon had built the smaller house to the east of Roehampton Lane, which was probably on the site of Roehampton House and was occupied by Samuel Neast in 1624. Thomas Cary took a lease on the site in 1710.

Sources consulted:

Arts Council; Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 2: South (Penguin) 1999; Dorian Gerhold 'Villas and Mansions of Roehampton and Putney Heath' (Wandsworth Historical Society, Wandsworth Paper 9, 1997)
Grid ref: TQ222742
Size in hectares: 0.74
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: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - Archaeological Priority Area
Other LA designation: Site with Development Potential

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