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Brief description of site

Much of the former grounds were built over for the Alton East and Alton West Estates but the houses themselves have been converted for educational use and now provide facilities for Roehampton University. Remnants of earlier garden features are found in the surrounding environment, including an 18th-century garden temple, a summer house and architectural balustrading.

Brief history of site

In the 17th and 18th centuries Roehampton became a popular place for wealthy people to have country villas, whose fine houses set in grounds were built on the high-lying site. A number of these fine houses remain, including Downshire House, Manresa House and Mount Clare, the latter's grounds landscaped by Capability Brown.

Location information:

Locality: London

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Wandsworth

Historical County: Surrey

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ216739
Latitude: 51.451 Longitude: -0.251416


Rail: Barnes then bus. Bus: 72, 74, 85, 170, 265

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Opening contact details:

Some areas of the site are open to the public.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: university

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Extant

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