Garrick's Villa

Grade I listed English country house in London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, United Kingdom

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Garrick's Villa
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Garrick's Villa is located in London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Garrick's Villa
Location within London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
General information
TypeCountry house
Architectural styleNeoclassical architecture
LocationHampton Court Road, Hampton, Richmond upon Thames, London, England
Design and construction
ArchitectRobert Adam
Listed Building – Grade I
Official nameGarrick's Villa
Designated2 September 1952
Reference no.1193477

Garrick's Villa is a Grade I listed[1] country house located on Hampton Court Road in Hampton in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Its park and gardens are listed at Grade II by Historic England in the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England.[2]

The house was originally constructed in the Middle Ages. The country house was initially listed as Hampton House prior to its acquisition by the actor and theatre manager David Garrick (1717–1779) in about 1754.[2] Numerous alterations were made to it during Garrick's tenure by the neoclassical architect Robert Adam (1728–1792),[3][4] including the portico, the building of an orangery and the construction of a tunnel under the road to connect with his riverside lawn. A wing was added to the west side of the house in 1864.[3]

In the late 19th century, the house belonged first to the preacher John Chippendall Montesquieu Bellew (1823–1874) and then to his son, the actor Kyrle Bellew (1850–1911).[5]

During the early part of the 20th century the house was the family home of Sir (James) Clifton Robinson (1848–1910), Managing Director and Chief Engineer of London United Tramways, and a single private tram track leading into the grounds was constructed.[6] The house was converted into flats in 1922 and redeveloped again in 1969.[3]

On 25 October 2008, during building works on the house, a fire broke out and was brought under control five hours later.[7]


  1. ^ Historic England (2 September 1952). "Garrick's Villa – Listed Building (1193477)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  2. ^ a b Historic England (1 October 1987). "Garrick's Villa – Park and Garden (1000805)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  3. ^ a b c Cherry, Bridget; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 480. ISBN 0-14-0710-47-7.
  4. ^ Sheaf, John; Howe, Ken. Hampton and Teddington Past. Historical Publications. p. 55. ISBN 0-948667-25-7.
  5. ^ "Drift". The Theatre. No. 41. New York: Theatre Publishing Company. 25 December 1886. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  6. ^ Woodriff, Bryan (2003). Fulwell: Home to Trams, Trolleys and Buses. Middleton Press. p. 1. ISBN 1-904474-11-X.
  7. ^ "Blaze hits actor's historic home". BBC News. 25 October 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2013.

Coordinates: 51°24′45″N 0°21′31″W / 51.4126°N 0.3587°W / 51.4126; -0.3587

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