|Three Historic Putney Properties|
The DecorCafe Network & Warren take a look at Inspiring Homes & Gardens on our doorstep
One of the things that I enjoy most about Putney is the eclectic mix of people and properties that rub along so wonderfully together. We are so lucky to have such a broad selection of interesting architecture nearby and I would love to find out more about the stories they could tell.
But until DecorCafe Network member, Amanda Benzecry of Warren, sent me through an article on three historic Putney properties they are currently marketing I had no idea that there was such a wonderful Palladian style Georgian property literally just around the corner from where we are located:
Lower Park is straight-opposite Putney High School and I must have parked outside many times but have never realised just what a fabulous property is hidden behind the high wall and sweep in-sweep out drive. Although now converted into flats the house retains the architecture and many features of the original Palladian, Georgian home that was built there in around 1795, including a historic rose garden within the two acre tended, communal garden.
It is “one of the few examples of Palladian architecture in SW London and is listed in a number of books as one of the notable houses of Putney & Roehampton”. Amanda also tells me that “the first mention of Lower Park was recorded in 1617 (with reference to a farmhouse and associated outbuildings) and we know that an Abigail Lewis created a smaller villa on the site in 1762. The current building was converted into flats in the 1930’s.”
“The terrace takes its name from the Charlwood family who owned much of the farm land west of the high street. Charlwood Terrace and the irregular network of streets mirror the original path system of the pre-19th century fields. The facades of these attractive flat fronted Victorian houses have remained virtually unchanged since their original construction.” Charlwood Terrace
Even closer to home, Coalecroft is our neighbouring road, and with it’s narrow, tree-lined street and beautiful mid-Victorian cottages is perhaps one of the most charming in Putney is deserving of its’ conservation area status.
“The special character of the Coalecroft Road conservation area is derived from the pairs of early Victorian farmworkers cottages lining a narrow street. Originally known as Upper Parkfields Cottages on Vinegar Hill, the local solicitor and property speculator Henry Scarth developed the street between 1846 and 1860.” Coalecroft Road
Debbie Blott of The DecorCafe Network with Amanda Benzecry of Warren
May 29, 2015