Old Battersea House

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Old Battersea House viewed from Vicarage Crescent

Old Battersea House is one of the oldest buildings in Battersea, South West London and is Grade II* listed.[1] It was built around 1699,[1] and was once rumoured to have been designed by Sir Christopher Wren.[2][3]

Building[edit]

Until the 1930s, the building was known as Terrace House.[4] It was built for the "naval administrator"[3] Samuel Pett,[5] and was most likely completed in 1699.[4]

Battersea Council almost demolished the house in the 1920s and built St. John's estate[6] (now Battersea Village) on the grounds of the house in the 1930s. In 1931 it passed into the possession of novelist Wilhelmina Stirling, who renamed it Old Battersea House.[3] Under her tenure the house served to house a collection of art by her sister, the Pre-Raphaelite painter Evelyn De Morgan, and Evelyn's husband, the potter designer William De Morgan.[7][8] This collection is now kept by the De Morgan Foundation.

The building was listed on 28 June 1954[1] and became derelict after Stirling's death in 1965. It was acquired by Malcolm Forbes in 1970[6] and housed some of his family's valuable art collection until 2011.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "OLD BATTERSEA HOUSE - 1065500". Historic England. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  2. ^ John J. Tackett (2011-10-21). "The Devoted Classicist: Old Battersea House". Tdclassicist.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  3. ^ a b c [1]
  4. ^ a b [2]
  5. ^ "Samuel Pett (c.1644 - c.1699) - Genealogy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-10. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  6. ^ a b [3]
  7. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Old Battersea House (1961)". Screenonline.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  8. ^ "Wilhelmina Stirling's Battersea art collections on display - BBC News". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  9. ^ "Forbes family sells £5 million art hoard from their London home | London Evening Standard". Standard.co.uk. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 

Coordinates: 51°28′26″N 0°10′35″W / 51.47396°N 0.17639°W / 51.47396; -0.17639