Ashtead Park

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Ashtead Park is an area of parkland at Ashtead in Surrey. It contains several important listed buildings. The Park itself has remains of a Roman buildings, four lakes/ponds and the school's playing fields and is listed by English Heritage.[1] It is also a Local Nature Reserve.[2][3]

Upper Pond, Ashtead Park

History[edit]

Ashtead Park House[edit]

Ashtead Park House
Ashtead Park showing a view of the school

Henry Howard, 7th Duke of Norfolk sold Ashtead Manor to Sir Robert Howard (son of Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Berkshire) in 1680.[4] The house remained in the Howard family until it passed, through marriage, to Richard Bagot in 1783.[4] Richard Bagot commissioned the leading architect Sir Thomas Wyatt to develop its grand façade from designs by Joseph Bonomi. Bagot then changed his name to Howard and the house remained in the Howard / Bagot family for nearly a century.[4] The house was bought by Sir Thomas Lucas, 1st Baronet in 1880 and enlarged and altered at major expense.[4] Lucas sold it to Pantia Ralli in 1889.[4] Following Ralli's death the house was acquired by the City of London Corporation in 1924 and since then has been occupied by the City of London Freemen's School.[1] The house is listed as Grade II*.[5]

Ashstead House[edit]

Ashtead House is a large red brick house with a nucleus dating back to the 17th century or earlier with 18th century and late 19th century additions.[6]

Headmasters House[edit]

Headmasters House is an architecturally imposing red brick development which also forms part of the school campus.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1001490)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ashtead Park". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Map of Ashtead Park". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Parishes: Ashtead, in A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3, ed. H E Malden". London. 1911. p. 247-252. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Ashtead Park House - Grade II*- Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1028682)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Ashtead House - Grade II - Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1028691)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  7. ^ Headmasters House - Grade II - Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1294785)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 

Coordinates: 51°18′29″N 0°17′13″W / 51.308°N 0.287°W / 51.308; -0.287