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CA13: Richmond Road

Designation date: September 1998

No of properties: 184

Area: 7.2 hectares


image source: Conservation Area leaflet, 2002.

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Designation summary

The special architectural and historic interest of this area can be summarised as: A range of fine late Victorian and Edwardian houses of distinctive groups of red brick construction.

Historical background

The land between Albany Park Road and Richmond Road originally formed part of the Bank Grove Estate which on the death of the owner Sir Charles Freake in 1884, was subdivided into 35 lots and offered for sale as freehold building land for housing.

The houses in Albany Park Road and Richmond Road were the first to be built in this conservation area with 47 out of 55 houses within these roads built over an 8 year period between 1891 -1898. While seven different developers were responsible for these buildings, only two architects designed 44 of them, which explains the close harmony of architectural treatment between the group of detached houses on Albany Park Road and the group of semi detached houses on both sides of Richmond Road.

The houses are good examples of middle class housing in the Vernacular Revival style; which is a style which became fashionable in the 1890s. The buildings have a robust, picturesque appearance with gabled fronts, bay windows, tile hanging and decorative brickwork.

The boundary walls, mature gardens and trees are also of townscape interest and make a positive contribution to the visual amenity of the area.

Listed Buildings


Buildings of Townscape Merit


Adjacent Conservation Areas (CA) / Local Areas of Special Character (LASC)

Close to Riverside North Conservation Area

Archaeological Priority Area


Article 4 Directions


Further Information

Richmond Road Conservation Area Designation Report


If you have any questions about this conservation area or would like to find out whether you need planning permission before carrying out works to your property, please contact the Duty Planning Officer on 020 8547 5002.

Documents available to download:

Link Description Source Published
CA 13 Planning Information Conservation Area 13 - Planning Information (A5 size leaflet, fold out to A3) RBK Director of Environmental Services 2002

General information
Information applying to all Conservation Areas