West Hall, Kew

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West Hall, Kew
West Hall, West Hall Road, Kew.jpg
General information
Type Residential
Location West Hall Road, Kew, Richmond TW9 4EE, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Coordinates 51°28′33″N 0°16′44″W / 51.4758°N 0.2789°W / 51.4758; -0.2789Coordinates: 51°28′33″N 0°16′44″W / 51.4758°N 0.2789°W / 51.4758; -0.2789
Completed circa 1700
Listed Building – Grade II
Official name West Hall
Designated 25 October 1951
Reference no. 1253185

West Hall at West Hall Road, Kew, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, is a Grade II listed building[1] dating from the end of the 17th century.[2] It is Kew's only surviving 17th-century building apart from Kew Palace.[3]


The house stands on what was described in 1386 as an estate of 160 acres. This was included in Mortlake Manor, which was owned by the Archbishops of Canterbury.[2]

By the end of the 15th century, West Hall estate had become part of the new manor of East Sheen and West Hall.[2]

The late 17th-century house[4] was probably built by the lord of the manor, Thomas Juxon, who lived in East Sheen, as a house to let.[2] A second substantial house to let, Brick Farm, was built just to the west.[5] This later became the home of Sir William Hooker, the first Director of Kew Gardens, who rented the house and renamed it West Park.[3] The estates of both houses were let out for grazing and market gardening.[5]

In 1813 the painter William Harriott is recorded as living at West Hall.[6] He was the son of the miniaturist Diana Hill, who also lived at the Hall.[7]

Although the house of West Hall remains, and the property includes gardens and cottages,[8] much of its estate, and that of the neighbouring Brick Farm, has now been redeveloped for housing.[9]

The roof and upper floor of the house were damaged by fire in 2005.[8] In 2007 the house was restored by the Bissell Thomas family.[3][8]

West Hall in popular culture[edit]

Joanna Lumley was filmed at West Hall in the mid-1990s for her television series Class Act.[8]

The drama /thriller film Good People, featuring Kate Hudson and James Franco, was filmed at West Hall in 2013.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Historic England. "West Hall (1253185)". National Heritage List for England. 
  2. ^ a b c d Blomfield 1994, p.18
  3. ^ a b c Gascoigne, Bamber; et al. (2001). "Kew – West Hall". HistoryWorld's Places in History. HistoryWorld. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Cherry, Bridget and Pevsner, Nikolaus (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 514. ISBN 0-14-0710-47-7. 
  5. ^ a b Blomfield 1994, p.19
  6. ^ Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (1813). Transactions of the Society of Arts, Volume 31. London: R Wilks, Chancery Lane. p. 22. 
  7. ^ Blomfield 1994, p.62
  8. ^ a b c d McGhie, Caroline (1 May 2007). "From ashes of a dream, a home rises again". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Blomfield 1994, p.130