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[1]
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[1]
Awards and prizes Listed as Grade II by Historic England[1]

West Hall at West Hall Road, Kew, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, is a Grade II listed building dating from the end of the 17th century.[1][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.[4]

By the end of the 15th century, West Hall estate had become part of the new manor of East Sheen and West Hall.[5]

The late 17th-century house[6] was probably built by the lord of the manor, Thomas Juxon, who lived in East Sheen, as a house to let.[7] A second substantial house to let, Brick Farm, was built just to the west.[8] 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.[9]

In 1813 the painter William Harriott is recorded as living at West Hall.[10] He was the son of the miniaturist Diana Hill, who also lived at the Hall.[11]

Although the house of West Hall remains, and the property includes gardens and cottages,[12] much of its estate, and that of the neighbouring Brick Farm, has now been redeveloped for housing.[13]

The roof and upper floor of the house were damaged by fire in 2005.[12] In 2007 the house was restored by the Bissell Thomas family. [3][12]

West Hall in popular culture[edit]

Joanna Lumley was filmed at West Hall in the mid-1990s for her television series Class Act.[12]

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


  1. ^ a b c d Historic England. "West Hall (1253185)". National Heritage List for England. 
  2. ^ Blomfield 1994, p.18
  3. ^ a b c Gascoigne, Bamber (2001). "Kew – West Hall". HistoryWorld's Places in History. HistoryWorld. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Blomfield 1994, p.18
  5. ^ Blomfield 1994, p.18
  6. ^ Cherry, Bridget and Pevsner, Nikolaus (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 514. ISBN 0 14 0710 47 7. 
  7. ^ Blomfield 1994, p.18
  8. ^ Blomfield 1994, p.19
  9. ^ Blomfield 1994, p.19
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ Blomfield 1994, p.62
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ Blomfield 1994, p.130