Garrick's Villa

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Garrick's Villa is a Grade I country house located on Hampton Court Road in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The structure was originally constructed in the Middle Ages. The country house was initially listed as Hampton House prior to its acquisition by David Garrick in 1754. Numerous alterations were made to it during Garrick's tenure by Robert Adam,[1] [2] including the portico, the building of an orangery and the construction of a tunnel under the road to connect with his riverside lawn. A wing on the left of the house was added in 1864.[1]

During the early part of the 20th century the house was the family home of Sir (James) Clifton Robinson (1848-1910), Managing Director and Chief Engineer of London United Tramways, and a single private tram track leading into the grounds was constructed.[3] The house was converted into flats in 1922.[1] In 1969, the building became the centre of a neo-Georgian estate.[1] This incorporated Garrick's Orangery, much altered, with an upper floor that had been added in 1922.[1]

On 25 October 2008, during building works on the house, a fire broke out and was brought under control five hours later.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Cherry, Bridget; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 480. ISBN 0 14 0710 47 7. 
  2. ^ Sheaf, John; Howe, Ken. Hampton and Teddington Past. Historical Publications. p. 55. ISBN 0-948667-25-7. 
  3. ^ Woodriff, Bryan (2003). Fulwell: Home to Trams, Trolleys and Buses. Middleton Press. p. 1. ISBN 1-904474-11-X. 
  4. ^ "Blaze hits actor's historic home". BBC News. 25 October 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 

Coordinates: 51°24′45″N 0°21′31″W / 51.4126°N 0.3587°W / 51.4126; -0.3587