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York House

Mid-17C house, a scheduled ancient monument, with fine staircase and 18C additions.

Date

C17.

Richmond Road TW1 3AA

Sun 2.30pm-5pm.

Richmond

Twickenham

490, 33, H22, R68, R70

  • Partial disabled
  • Toilets available

YORK HOUSE York House is listed Grade II building and is scheduled as an Ancient Monument, dating from the 17th century. To provide the Council with offices the ground floor has been altered to accommodate a Council Chamber, Mayor’s Parlour, Committee Rooms, cloakrooms and lavatories. It was decided to use York House as the Municipal Offices when the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Council was formed in 1965. The Principal Rooms The Mayor’s Parlour was formerly a part of the billiard room. Architectural features of particular note are the cornice and fireplace. The Council Chamber, formerly the Library, is now primarily used for formal committee meetings. Architectural features of particular note are the ceiling and cornice. The Entrance Hall, formerly the dining room, represents one of the least changed areas of the house. Architectural features of particular note are the fireplace, ceiling and cornice. There used to be a projecting entrance porch outside the small office, which was then the entrance hall, but this was removed around 1900 when the main entrance to the building was moved to its current position, in the centre of the fa‡ade. The Salon is used primarily for meetings but is also available for hire for private functions. It is one of the two rooms licensed for Marriage and Civil Partnership ceremonies. The Hyde Room, formerly part of a Great Museum, is primarily used for meetings. It is available for hire for private functions. The Clarendon Hall, formerly a fencing room and accommodating a marble swimming bath beneath the current stage, is primarily used for public meetings as well as being available to hire for private functions. In 2004 the oak floor was replaced due to wear and tear, but it is to the original design. The Winter Garden retains the original black and white marble flooring and domed glazed roof. The domed roof was restored in 2004, having been concealed internally by a false ceiling, thought to have been installed for safety reasons prior to, or during, the Second World War. The Terrace Parlour is primarily used for small meetings. Architectural features of note are the firepace, ceiling and cornice. The Terrace Room, formerly the drawing room, is primarily used for small meetings and private functions. The room is licensed for Marriage and Civil Partnership ceremonies. The room leads out on to the Terrace and on to the sunken lawn. Architectural features of note are the fireplace and cornice. The handsome staircase to the first floor is an architectural feature to note but it was unfortunately adapted to accommodate the present lift. A feasibility study has been undertaken to investigate the options for improving accessibility including options to relocate the lift to a less obtrusive position.