Clarence House, Richmond

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Clarence House, Richmond
General information
Type Residential
Location The Vineyard, Richmond, London
Awards and prizes Listed as Grade II by English Heritage[1]

Clarence House, Richmond is a Grade II listed[1] house in The Vineyard, Richmond, London, dating from about 1696.[2]

It was built for Nathaniel Rawlins, a London haberdasher merchant, who lived there until his death in 1718. The Duke of Clarence, later to become King William IV, lived in Richmond in the late 1780s and gave his name to the property. From 1792 to 1799, Clarence House was a Catholic school run by Timothy Eeles. Among the students was Bernardo O’Higgins.[3][4] O'Higgins, commemorated on the wall of the property with a blue plaque installed by English Heritage,[5] was later instrumental in the liberation of Chile from Spanish rule.[4]

Between 1941 and 1947, Clarence House became a storage house for Fortnum & Mason.[6] Their plans in 1943 to demolish the building and to replace it with a bakery, chocolate manufactory, store, tailoring shop and rooms for packing tea and coffee[3] were not executed.[7]

It has been a private home since 1947. The actor Brian Blessed bought the property for £25,000 in 1967, before selling it nine years later.[4] In 2012 the house was offered for sale, with an asking price of £22.5m.[4] This was reduced to £18 million,[citation needed] and eventually to £14.5 million in 2013.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Clarence House, Richmond upon Thames". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 531. ISBN 0 14 0710 47 7. 
  3. ^ a b Stephen Orr. "Clarence House". The Vineyard, Richmond. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Clarence House: a home with a Blessed history". Daily Telegraph (London). 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  5. ^ The plaque, installed in July 1994, reads: "Bernardo O'Higgins, 1778–1842, General, Statesman and Liberator of Chile, lived and studied here". "Blue plaques". Visit Richmond. London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Garth Groombridge (2008). The Changing Face of Richmond, Petersham and Ham. Sutton Publishing Ltd. 
  7. ^ Matthew Steeples (2012). "Blessed Clarence". The Steeple Times. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rightmove, Clarence House". 

Coordinates: 51°27′28″N 0°18′12″W / 51.4578°N 0.3033°W / 51.4578; -0.3033