Wednesday, 7 March 2007
The Riviera Updated - Taymount Grange
In the spirit of trying to answer more of the questions raised about some local landmarks, I would like to re-post a very interesting bit of history of Taymount Grange. This is courtesy of Steve Grindlay (who else?) and was written on the excellent www.se23.com discussion forum. If you live in the area, or want to know about it, I highly recommend reading this site.
"Taymount Rise was called Queens Road until the late 1930s when the name was changed to avoid confusion with the many other Queens Roads in London. Taymount, after which the road was named, was a large Victorian house on the site of Taymount Grange. It was demolished in the early 1930s.
Taymount Grange was built in 1935 to the designs of George Bertram Carter. Many of the flats had two apartments, a large one one for the occupants, a smaller one for the servant. In fact, the flats were advertised with the tag "The servant problem solved". When built, apart from the flats, there was also a restaurant, lounge and "guest rooms". Outside there were seven tennis courts, a swimming pool and a putting green. This link shows a fascinating photograph of the flats during building
Forest Croft was built in 1936 to designs of Arnold Andre Higuer, on a site previously occupied by The Mount. You can see The Mount in the photograph."
Full discussion thread here