Sunday, 22 January 2012

Back Streets

On Saturday I had to go to Eltham, to the building society to try to pay in our surprise cheque-not possible as it is issued in joint names-need to sort out tomorrow!
I managed to find my way round the back streets to the M and S carpark-thus avoiding the queues in the High Street. M and S full but found a place in the carpark next door. Rushed to the bank, then had a most enjoyable and leisurely browse around a set of unfamiliar charity shops, and found a few great things. ( I can't help it!)
When I came back to the carpark I took a photo of this lovely building behind its sharp and unfriendly fence.
Tonight I googled 'Neo classical building M and S carpark and found this article first.
"With such a mighty residence it isn't surprising that Eltham was associated with families close to the crown. Trot back past McDonald's and walk north downhill along the Well Hall Road. Along the way divert up the footpath beside the police station and enjoy the astonishing 18th-century neo- classical orangery at the back of the Marks and Spencer car park. These days the only remnant of a once-imposing house, it resides under corrugated iron, festooned with sweet wrappers."
So, it is an orangery. I have not been able to find the name of the house it went with, but did find this very interesting article about historical Eltham. It was a popular place with the Royal family for a long time, a place to stay on the way to London from France, until the time of Henry the Eigth who preferred Greenwich, and took a lot of the timber from two of the Royal parks-Horn Park and Middle Park (both now local primary schools) for ship building.
In one of the as yet unexplored google leads there is named a 'Fairy House'. I want to know what that was.
I wonder what will happen to the orangery. It looks very solid at the back and front. I wonder too who owns it.
If I had taken more notice of the street names I would have seen that the road was called Orangery Lane, which would have given me a bit of a clue in my search!


Tracy said...

LOVE this architecture and history post, Sarah...What beautiful lines and elegance. They don't make 'em like that anymore...*sigh*...It does have a bit of a look similar to Hyde Park's Orangery! Happy Week ((HUGS))

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful building to be languishing behind an ugle fence!

Jenny Woolf said...

You could contact the SPAB who might be able to tell you more.

They do SUCH an interesting magazine and have all kinds of brilliant articles about historical houses and buildings, and unusual aspects of them too. Have you been to the 1930s amazing house in Eltham - belongs to the national Trust I think. I have forgotten what it's called but it's way the other side of London from us and so far I haven't got round to making the trek.

yeah, I know I'm supposed to be a travel writer :)

Sounds as if Eltham has come down in the world, doesn't it - rather sad. And sad to think of the orangery neglected.

Queenie Believe said...

Great architectural detective. Don't you just love uncovering information like that! Very interresting! I look forward to heaing about this Fairy House...
Have a great day!
Always, Queenie

Allegra Smith said...

I wonder what happened to all those gorgeous windows' glass. If it was an orangerie in the French manner it must have had the most gorgeous clear glass for those days and to me it always looks like rain drops captured inside; when the sun shines through it disperses the light and makes many rainbows on the walls.

Good job! I love tumbling around Google at times to such an extent that I forgot how I got to where I found myself in. Hugs from here.