Lichfield Court

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Lichfield Court
Lichfield Court.jpg
Courtyard of Lichfield Court
Location Sheen Road, Richmond, London TW9 1AU, England
Built 1935
Built for George Broadbridge
Architect Bertram Carter
Listed Building – Grade II

Lichfield Court, in Richmond, London, consists of two Grade II listed[1] purpose-built blocks of flats. Designed by Bertram Carter and built in fine Streamline Moderne style, it was completed in 1935.

Lichfield Court is built on the site of Lichfield House which was reputedly designed by Christopher Wren; built for George Nevill, 1st Earl of Abergavenny, it later became the palace for the Bishop of Lichfield. Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837–1915), novelist, lived at Lichfield House from 1901 and died there.[2] The house and grounds were acquired in 1933 by George Broadbridge and redeveloped into the present two blocks of flats.

The company estate office and porters’ office are situated in the main lobby of the major block. The buildings are surrounded by estate grounds which are a mix of gardens and unallocated parking, the major block having a decorative inner courtyard garden and pond. Initially intended for the rental market, the flats conformed to six different types ranging from studio flats with no alcove, to studio flats with one alcove or two alcoves, and one to three bedroom flats, some with balconies.

Listed status[edit]

The buildings were awarded grade II listing in January 2004.[1] The Twentieth Century Society reported the listing, saying:

Popular culture[edit]

Lichfield Court was used as Gerda's flat in the TV adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1–211 Lichfield Court and 1–17 Lichfield Terrace, Richmond upon Thames". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837–1915)". Local History Notes. London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Litchfield Court, Sheen Road, Richmond, Surrey; Bertram Carter, 1935, Grade II". Listings reports. Twentieth Century Society. Spring 2004. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "One Two Buckle My Shoe". On location with Poirot!. TV Locations U.K. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 

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Coordinates: 51°27′41″N 0°18′3″W / 51.46139°N 0.30083°W / 51.46139; -0.30083