The Stone House, Lewisham Way



Location agency Shoot Factory has just taken a house in Brockley on to its books. The stunning Stone House on Lewisham Way, opposite Lewisham College is easily missed from the road but is a 1770s masterpiece, as these publicity shots (reproduced with permission) reveal.

Thanks to the guys at the Brockley forum for the heads up.

41 comments:

Ian on the Hill said...

This is usually open on Open House day and well worth a visit.

Anonymous said...

This is where I imaging Nick living.

TC said...

It is open in this year's Open House, but by prebooking only on the Open House website. Don't know if it's full yet.

Osh said...

Why anon?

Monkeyboy said...

Bit "Footballers Wives" Hugh will be living there, Lou will be aspiring too but never quiet manage it. This will make him VERY angry (in my imagination at least)

ade said...

No more spaces for visits on the open house website for this year sadly:(

Matt-Z said...

Under a previous owner it was renowned for wild parties, not that I ever got an invite. First time I've seen pictures of the inside. If you didn't know it was genuinely old you could be mistaken for thinking the whole thing was a new money pastiche knocked up in the 80s.

Ken Brown said...

Strictly speaking, isn't it in Deptford? :-)

I mean, you would object to estate agents bigging up Battersea as Clapham, so lets not do down Deptford!


(I know St John's Church is technically in Deptford because I am sort of on the committee there and I know where the parish boundaries go, which were also the pre-GLC borough boundaries for the most part - and we get the whole of that side of Lewisham Way up to beyoind Friendly Street, and a few bits and pieces on the other - so the triple point between Deptford, Brockley and Lewisham is, or was, just down from where the Talbot is.

mb said...

..should just say it looks great, if a little nuts.

Brockley Nick said...

@Ken - strictly speaking, no. It's an SE4 postcode, in Brockley ward. If you want to divide the area up in to little chunks you could say it was in St Johns, but BC believes in the Greater Brockley principle.

barrypilling said...

When is it open house day?

tyrwhittali said...

17/18 September. I've just been on to book and it's full though :-(

TM said...

The former front garden contains Ashmead School I think.

The new school PFI building like the new St John's Medical Centre appear to belong on a Hillside in Andulusia rather than in SE8.

What do others think of them?

Brockley Nick said...

I love St John's medical centre. I know what you mean about Andalucia, but that doesn't mark it down in my book.

Anonymous said...

St John's Medical Centre.

Outside. A fairly nondescript blockish building typical of modern architectural (lack of) style. Totally out of place and in a colour and in materials which are less than sympathetic with the area.

Dreadful thing to have on the corner of Somerset Gardens which has some really attractive houses in (shame about the proximity of the railway line). I've taken some really nice pictures of the architectural decoration on those houses: I'd be hard pressed to find anything worth photographing about the medical centre.

Inside. Well, it is a medical centre. It serves its purpose. Not much more one can say.

Gent Badger said...

Kate Bush lives there.
You'll notice if you watch the house that there are more often than not vans outside.
That's because she always has the painters in.
She likes to sing to them and show them her satiny legwear.

I Broccoli Brockley said...

It looks stunning. Does anyone know what it is used for day-to-day (i.e. when not for film shoots)? I mean when Kate Bush is out of town, etc.

TC said...

http://www.londonopenhouse.org/london/search/factsheet.asp?ftloh_id=1594

No mention of Kate or her Bush

Anonymous said...

St.John´s Medical Centre

why is there no phone signal in there?

TM said...

Gent Badger

I put it to you, that you are pulling our proverbial plonkers.

CD said...

Anon

Either you have a rubbish phone or they have a dampening filed

NAT said...

By, and originally inhabited by the father and son, who designed St. Mary's church, Lewisham. Both in their ways beautiful and harmonious.

I was lucky enough to get to see it and meet the owner on an open house weekend some years back.

It has an interesting history, once having been owned by one of the M.P.'s in the faction of Fox, Fox, I've forgotten his first name, The intrepid fox, the baddy in 'The madness of King George'

Horatio Nelson never lived there.

Nor has Kate Bush......sadly.

Tamsin said...

Surely still owned by the now retired banker (?) who has spent a personal fortune on restoring it to English Heritage plus standard. Lucky enough to get in on an Open House tour by being there on spec. when a coupl of the pre-booked people did not turn up.

Open House is in some ways the victim of its own success. They introduced booking after a couple of years because the queues got impossible - now most places are full within two days of the on-line booking opening. Not sure what the answer is - more of them perhaps...

spincat said...

It is worth turning up on spec as I also got in that way

Gent Badger said...

It was designed by an architect for himself and his family.
When it was built, there was next to nothing here. No St Johns - called New Deptford when it was built - or the now 'conservation area'.
So it stood on farm and scrubland.
The locals called it the Comic House. And it is a bit comical - neoclassical frontage with a medieval look at the back and a strange bezel on top.
Kate Bush doesn't live there, of course, but I wish she did.

lb said...

I also like St John's medical centre. Unlike Anonypevsner at 19/08 15:17, I can't see any particular way it's "out of keeping" with an area which features an awful lot of grey concrete, tarmac, grimy stock brick, and plastic shop frontages. It's relatively well-mannered for a PFI-era building and considering the site etc. observes the general scale and massing of the surrounding buildings well enough.

The one thing they really ought to do is set buildings back from the road more, and plant trees on the pavements. For example, the development just past the Lewisham railway bridge has turned the road into a hideous concrete canyon; the buildings are too tall and too close to the road.

MalB said...

LB: There isn't that much grey concrete around the St Johns Area. Most of the area is London stock brick. I'm with Anonypevsner.

I can't see how you say it "fits in". You may like it because it is different, but stand at Sunninghill Road and look up towards St Johns. Or do the same from Tyrwhitt Road. Everything else you see is London Stock Brick with tiled sloping roofs. Everything. Even the more modern properties opposite the Medical Centre. The Centre is white rendering with a flat roof. Every other property has windows which are rectanglar. The Centre's are square. Every other property has sash windows. The Centre's are sealed units. Every other property is vertically segmented, the Centre is a single horizontal block. I could go on. You can like it, but how can you say it fits in? Other than, I suppose, by looking further down into Lewisham and pointing out that it fits in with the "mess" there - which is hardly much of a justification.

Do not take that as my saying I think it is a bad design, just that it is an inappropriate design in that place.

I'll agree with you on much else however. The plastic shop frontages for example - although they are not that close by. Harsher planning regulations in respect of shop frontages would improve the quality of our urban streetscape, but the Government seems intent on making them even more liberal than they are at present. But again, I can't see how this justifies an appropriate building further up the hill. Shopfronts could, with good will, be improved very rapidly - a building is therefore for a lot longer.

I'll agree on setting buildings back from the road and planting trees on the pavements.
The developers don't like this because it eats into the profits, TfL don't like it because the trees can extend over the road and cause damage to buses and the roots can cause problems for the road surfaces, the utilities companies don't like them because the roots cause damage to their pipes and cables, and the insurance companies seem to want every tree chopped down because of alleged subsidence problems.

I'll also agree about the development just past the Lewisham railway bridge - it is far too densely developed and in hideous materials. However I guess if we have enough of these new developments, and get rid of enough of the Victorian housing stock, then the St John's medical centre will fit in after all! Not a policy I would wish for though.

creepylesbo said...

I always wondered what that place looked like inside. Isn't there a farm on Ashmead Road? Up the small road next to the primary school?

Anonymous said...

It looks empty, should the council turn this one into a hostel ?

it ain't about race said...

There is a black 'middle class' too. They are generally a bit more thoughtful and socially conscious than counterparts because they'll have 'come up' through education and will have an awareness of the hardships in society, however if they've done business and finance courses they're likely to be just as bourgeoise and grasping as the rest of the middle class.

Brockley Nick said...

Impressive - not only is that post apropos of nothing, it also contains about 10 different comedy stereotypes in about as many words.

it ain't all about race said...

as if you don't deal in stereotypes, to make a generalised point.

Mb said...

So one particular subset of one particular groups are great. Except the ones that are not, they're rubbish. They've fallen for the grasping culture, a middle class culture.

Have I sumarised that correctly?

Sounds a bit "Richard Starkey" to be honest.

It ain't all about race. said...

Not interested Monkeyboy as has been said Nick doesn't require an echo. Get on with you day.

Brockley Nick said...

OK IAAAR, in that case, let me just echo something I once heard:

So one particular subset of one particular groups are great. Except the ones that are not, they're rubbish. They've fallen for the grasping culture, a middle class culture.

Have I summarised that correctly?

And to your earlier point, no, I try not to abuse certain demographics in order to make a point. And I still don't know what your post had to do with anything that was said on this thread beforehand.

Mb said...

Yeah thanks, I'll do that. Off for a bit of grasping and may possibly oppress an honest son of toil, you? Still fermenting revolution in your shed?

NAT said...

I'm tempted to post a description of the colours and weights of the egg cups in my kitchen in response to that 'all about race' post.'Twould have as much to do with Stone House.

Quite like the idea of fermenting revolution in a garden shed though;

Not using champagne yeast I hope.

Anonymous said...

It was bought ages ago by someone (doctor? lawyer?) that lives in Blackheath. It wasn't very expensive at the time but needed loads of work.
It had been occupied by two aged brothers in their 80's, it was their family home. One died and the other went into some sort of care.
Local legend has it that the buyers wife refused to move to such a dodgy area. It's also with JJ Locations, who say it is in Greenwich.

Mondee said...

I went to a charity concert there recently. An amazing place - such a surprise to find it there! And beautifully and lovingly restored. There's a fantastic mural in the ground-floor room that leads onto the garden - Greenwich on one side of the room and the City on the other (because he lives in Greenwich (sort of)) and works in the City. They occasionally let it be used for charity events.

Tamsin said...

If you want to ferment revolution in a garden shed make Elderflower champagne. The recipe warns that it gets extremely fizzy - but does not make clear how scary it is. Explosive stuff - only for use outdoors - even opened carefully it hits the ceiling.

katie said...

i love this house and always have done its my childhood dream and I love it

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