Inventory Site Record

Gordon House

Gordon House (Richmond)

Brief Description

Gordon House, originally called Seaton House, was built in 1720, added to by Robert Adam in 1758. The grounds are said to have been Venetian in style with ornamental gardens, fountains and classical garden features. In 1856 it became a school for the daughters of naval officers and later a Royal Naval School. Within the grounds is a huge plane tree and an orangery and mound survived from earlier landscaping. By 1949 it was a teacher training college, which in 1976 became part of West London Institute of Higher Education when Borough Road and Maria Grey teacher training colleges and Chiswick Polytechnic merged, with campuses in Isleworth and Twickenham. In 1995 West London Institute was incorporated into Brunel Universiy. In 2005 the campus at Gordon House closed, the remaining staff and students moving to Uxbridge.

Practical Information
Previous / Other name:
Seaton House; West London Institute of Higher Education
Site location:
St Margaret's Road/Kilmorey Road/Railshead Road
Type of site:
Institutional Grounds
Open to public?
to check
Opening times:
Special conditions:
Public transport:
Tube: Hounslow Central (Piccadilly) then bus. Rail/London Overground/Tube (District): Richmond then bus. Rail: St Margaret's. Bus: H37

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/03/2004
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Full Site Description

To check current status of site.

Sources consulted:

St Margaret's Estate Conservation Area Study, LB Richmond, 2001; Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 3: North West (Penguin) 1999; Brunel University website for History of West London Institute (

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
to check
Site management:
Listed structures:
LBII* Gordon House. Stable Block
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:
St Margaret's
Tree Preservation Order:
Not known
Nature Conservation Area:
Green Belt:
Metropolitan Open Land:
Special Policy Area:
Thames Policy Area abuts
Other LA designation:

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