Other Local Historic Attractions Open to the Public on General or Restricted Hours
1. Hogarth’s House
Hogarth's House in Chiswick, built around 1700, was the country home of the great painter, engraver and satirist William Hogarth (1697-
(Interesting fact: Hogarth is buried in the same graveyard as the painter Whistler. Hogarth’s epitaph was written by David Garrick)
2. Osterley House and Park
Surrounded by gardens, park and farmland, Osterley is one of the last surviving country estates in London.
Once described by Horace Walpole as ‘the palace of palaces’, Osterley was created in the late eighteenth-
Today the house is presented as it would have looked in the 1780s; enter the house as the family’s guests would have via the impressive stone steps leading up the portico.
3. Gunnersbury House & Gardens
Gunnersbury Park is a large leafy park set between Brentford and Acton. It has a range of attractions and things to do including formal gardens, green open spaces, lakes, historic buildings, a museum, play and sports facilities and a network of tree lined paths.
4. Boston Manor House
Boston Manor House, one of West London’s lesser-
5. Kew Gardens and Palace
There are over 100 world-
Syon is one of the last great houses of London, and has been in the family of the present owners for more than 400 years. Profoundly historic, the House holds a wealth of art within its grand classical interiors, while the Park and Gardens feel like deep countryside, although barely nine miles from Charing Cross. Syon House is the spectacular London home of the Duke of Northumberland. Syon has many layers of history and has seen some profound changes over the centuries.
7. The White Lodge in Richmond Park (open on Open House only)
The White Lodge is a Grade I listed Georgian house situated in Richmond Park, on the south-
The White Lodge Museum and Ballet Resource Centre has also been opened there as part of a major redevelopment project led by the ballet school.
8. Turner’s House
Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham is of unique significance, built by the great landscape painter J.M.W. Turner. Turner was his own architect, his designs evolving through many sketches in his notebooks (however, it is highly possible that the architect John Soane had some input into the building design with its curved walls and top lit staircase). The house was intended for his own use as a rural retreat from the pressures of the bustling art world of the early nineteenth century.
Orleans House was a later named Palladian villa built by the architect John James in 1710 near the Thames at Twickenham, England, for the politician and diplomat James Johnston. The original villa of built of red brick and had little ornamentation or decoration, echoing the ideas of Inigo Jones almost a century before that the exterior of a house should be like the appearance and demeanour of a Gentlemen; businesslike, sober and serious.
From 1716 the Scottish architect James Gibbs was commissioned to add a spectacular Baroque Octagon Hall in which King George II and his wife Queen Caroline were entertained in 1729. The royal figures above the inside doors were carved by the Flemish sculptor Michael Rysbrack
Today the adjoining building is used as an art gallery with ever changing exhibitions, both with the house gallery and the stables building.
10. Ham House
Ham House is situated beside the River Thames in Ham, south of Richmond in London. It is claimed by the National Trust to be "unique in Europe as the most complete survival of 17th century fashion and power”.
(Interesting fact: Ham House was once the home of Elizabeth Dysart who secretly aided the restoration of Charles II, wrote letters in invisible ink and cipher and whom was a member of the secretive ‘Sealed Knot’).
11. Kilmorey Mausoleum, St Margarets
The Kilmorey Mausoleum, is a Grade II Listed mausoleum in the style of an ancient Egyptian monument and has been described as a "fine example of an Egyptian-
Opening times: the site is closed to the public except during Open Days and Special Events, or when volunteers are maintaining the gardens.
12. Asgill House
Richmond Place (now known as Asgill House), is a Grade I listed mid eighteenth-
The villa was illustrated in the fourth volume of the very influential Vitruvius Britannicus (1767-
The villa is privately owned and not open to the public. However its facade can be viewed from the towpath.
Alexander Pope moved from his dwellings in Chiswick in 1719. Around this time Pope employed the architect James Gibbs to convert one of three houses he rented at Cross Deep into livable accomadation. This included a new portico which was later replaced with a larger portico by William Kent and Lord Burlington. Almost immediately Pope decided to connect both gardens (which were seperated by the road) via a grotto (which he later perceived as a mine) which he had run beneath the road of Cross Deep. Pope then decorated the walls of the grotto with precious stones, fossils and flints. Over the years many more stones were added, some sourced from abroad but with a number presented to him by friends and admirers. Pope was still adding to his grotto up to his death in 1744, by which time his landscape gardens and grotto were known and praised throughout Europe. Today only the grotto remains with many of its precious stones and flints sadly stripped from its walls by curious visitors as souveniers or momentoes. However the grotto still remains as a testiment to Pope’s brilliance not only as a poet (it contained many poetic and mythological references), but as a truly inspirational and gifted garden designer.
14. Strawberry Hill House
Created by Horace Walpole in the eighteenth-
(Interesting fact; Horace Walpole was close friends with Henrietta Howard in her later years who lived at near by Marble Hill House).
15. Garrick’s Temple
Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare on the Riverside at Hampton was built by the great eighteenth-
(Interesting fact: David Garrick’s and his wife, Violette, spent their honeymoon at Lord Burlington’s Chiswick House and the octagon shape of the Garrick’s temple derives from this building).
16. Hampton Court Palace
A massive red bricked Tudor Palace with many Georgian additions and one of the greatest Royal palaces in Europe. A ‘must see’ for anybody visiting England. So much history to mention on a single web page!
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