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Bute Avenue off Sudbrook Lane
The majority of properties in Petersham tend to be houses rather than flats. They comprise Stuart, Georgian and Victorian period houses and cottages, 1930s built detached and semi detached houses, 1950s and 60s terraced housing and later developments of mainly detached houses.
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The older spine of Petersham village is effectively the Petersham Road itself, which is where the majority of the older houses are found. Near the bend where Petersham Road meets River Lane, - originally the gateway to river traffic, - are a group of 17th and 18th century mansions, the earliest being Rutland Lodge, (now divided into apartments), Petersham House and Montrose House. Nearby
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Pooles Cottages
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18th century houses include Gort House, the Manor House, Elm Lodge, Harrington Lodge and other properties in Sudbrook Lane. The 19th century added Petersham Lodge, Myrtle Cottage and Vine Cottage. The larger houses in Petersham are mostly to the easterly side of the Petersham Road with generous grounds behind high walls, but these houses would have been served by servants, gardeners and craftspeople who would also have lived in the village. So on the western side of the road, cottages were built during all this time, though some were later demolished or linked up to form larger properties. Today there is a ribbon of period houses and cottages along the Petersham Road, - many of which are older than the typical terraces in much of Victorian and Edwardian London, - with further enclaves of cottages in Sandpits Road and Pooles Cottages.
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1930's houses in Petersham
Petersham grew further in the 1930s. The houses in Sandy lane, Lauderdale Drive, Arlington Road and Ashley Gardens were developed from 1932 onwards These were mostly built as 3 to 5 bedroom semis and detached houses, mostly with substantial gardens, garages and drives. These roads have become very sought after family houses in recent years and also have considerable letting potential because of the proximity of the nearby German School. In latter years, many have had extra bedrooms and bathrooms added via loft conversions and extensions. By 1947, 42 houses had been built in Sandy Lane. At this time there was still open grazing land on the other side of the road going towards the Copse, but in the early 1950s new houses were added at Clifford Road, Buckingham Road, Petersham Close and Meadlands Drive. Though these houses were originally built and managed by Richmond
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Meadlands Drive
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Council, many have become privately owned since the right-to-buy schemes were introduced in the 1980s. In their original configuration, they mainly have double aspect lounge/dining rooms and most have three bedrooms although a few were purpose built with four bedrooms. Again in recent years, loft conversions and other extensions have appeared and a number of houses in these roads benefit from substantial gardens. Bordered on one side by Ham Copse and on the other by the expensive 1930s housing, - and in close proximity to the Russell and the German Schools and Ham Polo Club, - this is an enclave which could potentially increase markedly in value over future years.
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The addition of these 1950s roads to their 1930s neighbors meant that all five members of the original CABAL which frequently met at Ham House– the close knit power group forming Charles 11s inner cabinet, - are now represented in the local street names. The word CABAL was formed from the first letters of their names -, Clifford, Arlington, Buckingham, Ashley and Lauderdale.
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Meadow Close
The other more recent developments in Petersham tend to be expensive detached houses, mostly with garaging and typically 4 or 5 bedrooms. These houses are in Cedar Heights and Ashfield Close, -which border Petersham Park, - and in Dickens Close, - by the gatehouse entrance to Richmond Gold Club. These offer tranquil cul de sac settings not far out of Richmond centre, - but without the congestion, plane noise and other distractions. Three storey townhouse style properties were built in the 1970s behind the Fox and Duck in Meadow Close and Petersham also boasts more recent discreet contemporary developments such as Tree Close, Rutland Drive and the award winning ‘Three Houses’, based on an innovative courtyard style design. The 2006 Daily Mail award for Best Development in Surrey went to the Old Forge in Petersham, - a mews of five new houses with a renovated 17th century cottage.
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