Severndroog Castle (also known as Park Farm Place, Castlewood)8048

London, Greater London, England

Brief Description

Castle Lodge remains at the entrance of the driveway, which leads through remnants of landscaping to the Castle, crossing the Ha-Ha.

History

Severndroog Castle, a Gothic folly, was erected by the widow of Sir William James (d.1783) in the grounds of Park Farm Place, which he had purchased in 1774. Sir William had worked for the East India Company and the name recalls his capture of a pirate fortress on the island of Severndroog off Malabar in 1755. By the 20th century it was part of the grounds of Castlewood, whose last owner's will offered the estate to the LCC for public use. The grounds opened as a public park in 1922, with Severndroog Castle retained although the main house was not.

Visitor Facilities

Opening of the grounds in unrestricted. See the website for castle opening times.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Opening of the grounds in unrestricted. See the website for castle opening times.

Directions

Rail: Eltham then bus. Bus: 161, 122, 89, 178, 486
History

Period

  • Early 20th Century
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust