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Cambridge Park & Meadowbank

  Date: 1616

A Jacobean Mansion

 
  
Cambridge Park, previously Twickenham Meadows, and Richmond Bridge in an engraving by J Landseer
Cambridge Park, previously Twickenham Meadows, and Richmond Bridge in an engraving by J Landseer
CAMBRIDGE PARK, RICHMOND FERRY, later TWICKENHAM MEADOWS later CAMBRIDGE HOUSE,      
      
      
A Jacobean, brick mansion of three storeys, built c1610 and demolished in 1937. Frescoes and a fireplace surround uncovered during the demolition have been held to date from the middle of the 16th century, suggesting that an earlier building was incorporated into the building of the house.
      
At 74 acres, the second largest estate in Twickenham after Twickenham Park      
      
c1616   Sir Humphrey Lynd (1579-1636)   74 acres + new mansion
1630   Joyce Countess of Totness (1562-1637)   
1638   Sir Thomas Lawley, Bt (1586-1646)   
1646   Estate retained by the family   
1657   Sir Joseph Ashe, Bt (1617-1686)   
1687   Sir James Ashe, Bt (1674-1733)   son
1733   Joseph Windham Ashe (1683-1746)   son-in-law adopted name
1747 Martha Ashe, widow (d1749)
      mansion enlarged
1749   Valens Comyns   
1751   Richard Owen Cambridge (1717-1802)   
1802   Charlotte Cambridge (d1823)   daughter
1823   George Owen Cambridge (1756-1841)   son (Archdeacon)
1824   Lord Mount Edgcumbe, 2nd Earl (1764- 1839)   Property leased      
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Property divided
Meadowbank built
1832 John Cam Hobhouse Property leased
1835 Henry Bevan (d1860) 30 remaining acres
mansion enlarged
renamed Cambridge House
1860 Lady Caroline Chichester daughter
Sir Edward John Dean Paul (4th Bt. d1895) grandson
1895 Henry Creswell Foulkes, builder Estate redeveloped
c1930 Mansion demolished
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Mr Bishop's Observatory, 1869
Mr Bishop's Observatory, 1869
MEADOWBANK & MEADOWSIDE COTTAGE

1824 George Owen (Archdeacon) Cambridge 44 acres + new house
1832 Meadowside Cottage built
1861 George Bishop Junior (astronomer) Observatory built
1863 Jeremiah Little land surrounding the house
redeveloped
1926 House extended
c1960 House rebuilt

further reading:

Twickenham 1600-1900, People & Places, Borough of Twickenham Local History Society Paper No 47, 1988
Maureen Bunch, Cambridge Park, Twickenham 1616-1835, Borough of Twickenham Local History Society Paper No 63, 1989
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