Friday, 23 September 2016

Riverside west of the Tower, north bank. Lower Halliford


This posting shows only sites to the south of the river. North of the river is Desborough Island

Post to the west is Old Shepperton
Post to the north Shepperton
Post to the east is Walton Bridge Road and Walton Bridge


Las Palmas Estate
This is a ‘private’ area of countryside and riverside houses. This is said to be low rise chalet-style known as Las Palmas Estate, named after the land said to have once belonged to the Spanish Ambassador.

Russell Road
This is the old main road from London into Shepperton
Lower Halliford Green is a grassy area which at one included a cattle pond. It was excluded from the enclosure of 1842 and 1862 as common land. The open space extends into Bishop Duppa's Park.
The Old Manor House. House from the 18th with 19th extensions. The brick front is colour washed stucco. It is thought that this stands of the site of the late 13th manorial buildings which were rebuilt in 1375-6.  It was divided into three dwellings in 1981. In the 16th and 17th Halliford Manor was held by the Crown
Battlecrease Hall. 18th house with 19th front in red and brown brick refronted in yellow brick. It has a brick front wall and railings and a central gate with a scrolled decoration. It fronts the north side of Lower Halliford Green and was once the home of the writer Rider Haggard. There is a mulberry tree in the garden said to be 17th. There are various stories about Cavaliers imprisoned in the cellars during the Civil War and it is also said to be yet another home for Emma Hamilton.  Rider Haggard, the writer, really did own the house buying it for his sisters.  In the interwar years this was a care hone for the rich and was then home to the Commander-in-Chief at the RAF. In the early 1980s, Walter Hayes the former Vice-President of Ford and later Chairman of Aston Martin lived here.
Duppas Farm, This was a dairy farm.
River Farm Hotel. This was on the corner of Manygate Lane in the 1960s. The site is now flats.
Red Lion. The oldest part of the pub lies back from the road and is the ‘Snug’. This was the building occupied by licensee, Robert Reed, in the late 1720s. After the arrival of the railway in 1864 riverside pubs were very busy and here the Shepperton & Halliford Regatta took place in front of the pub largely because of the influence of the landlord. In the 1950s the pub took over Eyot Cottage, which was used by the Rosewell/Rixon boating business, which let out boats and operated a ferry.
Ship Hotel. Demolished. Also called Harrison’s Hotel. It dates probably from the 1720s and had been rebuilt in 1937
Halliford School. This is a selective private school for boys, which admits girls into its sixth form. The building facing the road is a late 18th house Saud to be yet somewhere else that Nelson’s Emma lived. There are a number of additions at the back
Riverbend House. House dated 1793 with 19th and 20th windows.
Clonskeagh. Early 18th house which was refronted in stucco in the early 19th
Vine Cottage. This was home to George Meredith for a while
Thamesfield House.  This is an 18th brick house and adjoining are the stable block and coach houses, now also converted to housing.
Crown Hotel. This pub was established before 1727 in Chertsey Road. It was rebuilt here in 1866, possibly following a fire. It closed in the late-1980s and is now an Indian restaurant.
Dawson Hall. 1st Shepperton girl guiding


Sandhills Meadow
This is in an area frequently flooded. There is some riverside housing, some of which may have been plotland developments.
Thames Boat House. Walton Marine. Boat sales, etc.
Gibbs Boatyard and Chandlery


Thames Meadow
Riverside housing, prone to flooding


Walton Lane
This was originally called Windmill Lane
Poet’s Cottage. Named after the poet Shelley who it is said once lived there.
Peacock House and Elmbank, two early 19th houses joined by a corridor and now divided again. The poet and novelist Thomas Love Peacock apparently lived at Elmbank from 1832 to 1866.
Dunally House and Dunally Lodge together formed a single late 18th stuccoed dwelling, later extended and divided. This was named after a local landowner and Dunally House was known as the manor for a period from 1832.
Walton Lane Farm
Bishop Duppa's Recreation Ground. This was previously part of Lower Halliford Common and partly owned by the Old Manor House. Brian Duppa was the Bishop of Winchester, in the early 17th owned the waterside meadows adjoining to the south. The park is largely a sports area laid out with football pitches and other sporting areas.

Sources
British History Online. Spelthorne. Web site
British Listed Buildings. Web site
English Heritage. Web site
Pub History.  Web site
Spelthorne Council. Web site
Village Matters. Web site
Wikipedia. Shepperton. Web site

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