Inventory Site Record

Soames House (remnant of Coombe Warren estate) (Kingston)

Brief Description

Soames House was built by Stanley Ramsey as a modern neo-Georgian building, but at the back of the house the projecting drawing room was the former Orangery of Coombe Warren. Coombe Warren was built by George Devey in 1869/70 and had associations with the novelist John Galsworthy, as a result of which the 1930s house was named after the character in 'The Forsyte Saga'. Although Coombe Warren was demolished in 1926, there are fragments of gates in the gardens and the walls of the large formal grounds as well as other remnants of the Coombe Warren estate in the surrounding area.

Practical Information
Site location:
Coombe Hill Road, Kingston
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Type of site:
Garden Feature Remnants
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Rail: Kingston then bus. Bus: 57
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Full Site Description

Prior to development of the land for housing, the Coombe Warren estate covered the area bounded by Coombe Hill Road, Coombe Lane West and Beverley Lane. The Coombe Warren mansion, built for Bertram Wodehouse Currie MP in 1869/70 by architect George Devey, was demolished in 1926. However two estate buildings also designed by Devey, Warren Close, the former gate lodge and Gable Cottage, the former coachman's house, remain either side of the former entrance to Coombe Warren now on Beverley Road. To the west is Coombe Warren Lodge, also be Devey with remains of the original garden walls along Coombe Lane West and Coombe Hill Road. The OS 25" Map Surrey VII.13 for 1911 shows the former extent of the Coombe Warren grounds. By 1933 the area is built over with large villas set in generous plots. 

Soames House was built in c.1930, a modern neo-Georgian building set in a formal garden. The former Orangery of Coombe Warren remains at the rear of the house and has Venetian window, Dutch gable, pilasters and vases.  Also dating from the original mansion is the brick wall that extends south that has a round arched doorway between brick and stone piers, topped by a broken segmental pediment.  The 1.5 acre grounds of Soames House today are laid out with mature as well as contemporary planting, with a formal lawn, terrace, woodland area and an Italianate 'Pope's Garden', but it is not known whether any of the planting dates from the 1930s or from the original gardens of Coombe Warren.

The novelist John Galsworthy, who grew up in the area, chose Coombe Warren as the location for the house Robin Hill built for Soames Forsyte in 'The Forsyte Saga', his series of nine novels chronicling the Forsyte family, written between 1906 and 1933.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 2: South (Penguin) 1999; Historic England Listed Building entries: 1184228; 1080098; 1253415; 1253414; Robert Holmes 'Soames House' brochure of 2013: https://issuu.com/kingfisher_print/docs/soames_house

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ212702 (521250,170250)
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Listed structures:
LBII: Former orangery of Coombe Warren, and adjoining garden walls
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:


Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
In Conservation Area:
Conservation Area name:
Coombe Hill
Tree Preservation Order:
Not known
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Green Belt:
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Special Policy Area:
Yes - Strategic Area of Special Character
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