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Description: Beddington Place
Date Listed: 1 March 1974
English Heritage Building ID: 206698
OS Grid Reference: TQ2961765301
OS Grid Coordinates: 529617, 165301
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3720, -0.1392
Beddington Place, described by Aubrey as a 'handsome pile of buildings having
before it neat gardens and an orchard', was built by the Carew family who had
held the property since the middle of C14. The chief feature of the present
building is the Great Hall.
The house indeed now consists of a centre occupied by the Great Hall with 2 C19
long end wings which together with the present casing to the Great Hall were
erected after a fire of May 1865 which destroyed the North wing and other parts
of the building. Before this, the house had been practically rebuilt about the
years 1709-10 on the old C16 plan [the ground plan and elevations were engraved
for Vitruvius Britannicus in 1717]; the house was subsequently further altered
by D A Alexander in 1817.
The garden was well known for its choice fruit trees. The first orange trees
ever seen in England are said to have been raised here from the seeds of oranges
brought to this country by Sir Walter Raleigh who had married the niece of Sir
Francis Carew. Aubrey states that in his time the trees had been there for over
a century. In 1691 the Orangery here, which is 200 ft long, had trees most of
which were 13 ft high; about 10,000 oranges had been gathered from them the year
before. The trees were destroyed by the hard frost of 1759. Evelyn records
that pomegranates also bore fruit here. There is no trace of the statue of George
I which is shown over the main doorway in the Vitruvius Britannicus engraving
The house was in the possession of the Carew family until 1859 when it was bought
by the Female Orphan Asylum of London for its premises It is now occupied by
tile Carew Manor Special School.
Listing NGR: TQ2958865330
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Source: English Heritage
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