London Parks & Gardens Trust

A Cycle Ride around Sutton

The Grange

The Grange

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Directions

Continue along Carshalton High Street, passing the Charles Cryer Studio Theatre and the Fox and Hounds pub on the left. After another pedestrian crossing, turn left in Westcroft Road. Continue straight ahead through the road closure (sign-posted 'Beddington Park'), ignoring the road to the leisure centre on the left.

At the bottom of Westcroft Road, turn left into London Road, immediately left into Butter Hill and immediately right onto the cycle track between a small lake and the road. Cross London Road, and turn left along Lakeside, at the back of the second lake.

At the junction with Derek Avenue, ignore the cycle route to the right, signposted 'Beddington' and 'Croydon'. Cross Derek Avenue and use the cycle track along the pavement to the left and then round the corner and along the right-hand side of London Road. After crossing the river, turn right into a car park. At the back left of the car park, you can enter the gardens of The Grange.

Description

The Grange was the home of Alfred Smee FRS. The garden he created was very fashionable in the 1860s and the plan and details are recorded in his book My Garden its Plan and Culture (1872). The original rockery survives in a diminished state and most of the garden including the pergola and lily pond is late 20th century. The house, built in the garden by Smee's son, was destroyed by fire in 1960 and replaced by the present restaurant in 1967.