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Turret House. On the site of old Coombe House. It
goes through what was the Coombe Manor lawn. Lake still there, fed by seven
by F. L. Hird, 1934,
Coombe Manor replaced an earlier a Tudor house. There is
remaining Tudor wall in Traps Lane and a Lodge in Coombe Lane West. The House
was demolished in 1933 being bought by Higgs
and Hill who then built lots of neo geos
Site of Coombe
Springs. Only lodge left. Small compared to the others. Royalty and bankers again.
Coomb Springs. In 1946, Coombe Springs was acquired for the Institute under
Bennett and by followers of Gurdjieff. It
had been used for research laboratories by the British Coal Utilisation
Association since 1943 of which Bennett was the Director. It
was eventually donated to Isdris Shah who sold it for housing development,.
Coombe Hill Farm
bought by Duke of Cambridge from Earl Spencer in 1839 and let out leases to
build big posh houses. Farmhouse
demolished in 1969 for Coombe Hill Junior and Infants School. Red brick walls of Coombe Warren. Very posh and built by another banker and
friend of royalty etc. Burnt down in
1870 and rebuilt. Gladstone hung out
there and walked through the grounds.
Sold in 1926 demolished and divided into plots but all the fancy bits
are still around if you look - Orangery
Coombe Springs Conduit sluice house in grounds of
Coombe Springs. View from Tamkins. Freshwater springs locally were collected in
brick feeders leading to the sluice house. 3 inch diameter pipes take the water
to Hampton Court palace. Dates from the 1520s.
Coombe Conduit. Cardinal
Wolsey built a conduit stretching some three and a half miles from Kingston
Hill and Coombe Hill to Hampton Court, passing under Kingston and under the
Thames. Three of the conduit houses stand – one in the grounds of a house in
Lord Chancellor's Walk with both its original buildings, linked by an
underground passage. built c 1540, is the most elaborate of the three, consisting
of two buildings of equal size connected by an underground passage, 81' 0"
long and 5' 4" wide, roofed by a barrel vault, 7' 9" high, rising to
nearly 10' 0" and only a few inches below the ground. The higher, east,
unit is largely below ground, and unfortunately the upper part was badly
damaged in 1943 when a flying bomb exploded and caused a tree to fall on it.
The eastern chamber consists of three separate units. The central and original
room is 10' 0" x 9' 0" with recesses on three sides, although in the
17th C or early 18th one of the recesses on the north side was pierced to form
a doorway. Each chamber has a lead-lined tank, the central one being a deep
oval 6' 0" deep. The Lower House (West Chamber) is a single storey brick
building, 9' 10" wide and 11' 8" long, its floor being 2' 6"
below ground level. The north and south walls have twin recesses; the east and
west walls, arches giving respectively onto the tunnel and entrance doorway,
the latter being reached by four steps. In the floor is another oval lead
cistern. Externally the entrance front is faced with squared, random rubble,
very carefully fitted with fine joints but having the appearance of stones
re-used from other building the supply of which gave out early, so that above
the window the wall continues in Tudor brickwork and is finished with a
crow-stepped gable. The side windows are likely to have been inserted in the
early 18th Century.
Very slowly built
up from 1880s
Miramonte, 1936-7 by Maxwell
Fry. Concrete construction, faced with white plaster
set off by blue metal trim. The motifs recall Fry's slightly earlier Sun House, Hampstead, but the larger site here gives greater
scope for the play of open
and closed elements, of different geometric shapes, and of contrasted window
forms. By the
road a separate garage with a chauffeur’s flat above with an open spiral staircase to an upper balcony. The L-shaped house is further back, via a covered way. A tall staircase window provides the main interest on the entrance side. The front has
long window bands on two floors and a half-covered roof terrace. At the
end of the front a projecting sunroom with covered
balcony over, a typical Fry motif.
Swimming pool. The horizontal emphasis is echoed by the curving walls that unite the
house and garden. Built for Jerry Brown who was an urban land
speculator. Special sliding windows and ceiling heating.
57; 65; 69 Sunspan houses. By Wells Coates and Pleydell Bouverie. Examples of the infiltration
of the modern style into English suburbia.
They use the device of a rounded
angle to the road with the entrance
into it. Seen as a standard set of
plans which could be licensed to builders. This is the bungalow version.