Beddington Place, Beddington, Greater London

Beddington Place, Beddington, Greater London
Photograph taken 06 August 2006 © Mr Paul Woolterton ARPS. Source Historic England Archive ref: 206698

Beddington Place 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 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. He had married the niece of Sir Francis Carew. The orange trees were destroyed by the hard frost of 1759. 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 has since been occupied by Carew Manor Special School.