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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1240076



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Greater London Authority

District: Richmond upon Thames

District Type: London Borough


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 21-May-1973

Date of most recent amendment: 03-Nov-1995

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 438178

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32/352 Gordon House (Maria Grey Training College)

21.5.73 II*

Probably circa 1720, altered circa 1865. 2 storeys stock brick with lavish read rubbed brick dressings. 5 windows, sashes, no glazing bars. Central Corinthian columned painted stone staircase with round-headed window over in elaborate stone surround. Stone cornice over. Full height rusticated pilasters with capitals to outer corners of front. Parapet. Slates. C19 chimneys. 2-storey 2 window extension to right, probably C18. Further extension to right 2-storey large canted brick bay, balustrade parapet. Probably late C18. Nearly matching extensions repeated to left of main front, probably C19. River Front - circa 1720. 2 storeys, yellow brick with red dressings. 5 sashes, no glazing bars. Stone cills on brackets. Central 1st floor round-headed window with key block and coved cornice on consoles going right across. Rusticated pilasters at angles with capitals and bases. Panelled parapet. C19 pediment over C19 lower extensions to right. C19 brick porch. 2-storey stock brick part to left, added in 1758 by Robert Adam. 3 sashes. Architrave surrounds and pediments on consoles. No glazing bars. Greek key band. Upper part C19. C19 chimneys. Slate roof. 6 bay extension to right, round-headed window on ground floor. Segmental arch to windows over. Cornice. Heavy oak dentilled cornice to ceiling of upper floor. Interior - main block ground floor. Front part of house, former entrance hall, now divided up into passage and rooms, remains only of original panelling and ceiling cornice. Staircase hall, overlooking river, with very handsome original oak staircase on grand scale on 2 walls, rising to a broad landing round the other two. 2 balusters to each tread, cut strings with panelled ends and panelled soffit. Opening out of staircase hall on river front South West end is the present conference room, designed by Robert Adam as a drawing room for General Bland in 1758. It is probably Robert Adam's earliest surviving work in England and of the finest quality. Long rectangular room surmounted by modillioned cornice from which springs a ceiling with boldly coved sides all elaborately decorated with scroll work and oval panels. Plain oval centre except for central rose. Greek key pattern to border moulding of ceiling. Very fine chimney piece, now painted over. Fine consoles supporting blocks with lion masks. Central frieze with floral swags; centre block with military trophy. Carved wood doorcases consisting of bold quarter round mouldings. The Ionic columned and pedimented doorcases in the Adam drawing do not exist; nor does the upper tier of the chimney piece. No dado; modern skirting. History The house dates from about 1720 and was altered in 1758 by General Bland to the designs of Robert Adam. See drawings reproduced in "Robert Adam and his circle" by John Fleming, 1962, and others in Sir John Soane's Museum. Formerly called Seaton House. It was later purchased by William IV for his daughter, Lady Augusta FitzClarence, wife of Hon John Kennedy Erskine. She subsequently married Lord John Frederick Gordon. It was subsequently owned by T.C. Haliburton (1796-1865) - author of "Sam Slick". (See Dictionary of National Biography) and was bought by the then Lord Kilmorey in 1865 who carried out extensive alterations. Used as a school for the daughters of naval officers, when the chapel was built. Setting In garden on bank of River Thames. Modern training college buildings nearby.

Listing NGR: TQ1669375276

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Fleming, J, Robert Adam and his Circle, (1962)

National Grid Reference: TQ 16693 75276


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