Mount Clare, Roehampton

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Mount Clare, front view
Mount Clare, rear view
Statue in memory of Hugh Colin Smith, Mount Clare
Mount Clare in an engraving from 1779 by William Watts

Mount Clare is a Grade I listed house built in 1772 in Minstead Gardens, Roehampton, in the London Borough of Wandsworth.

The architect was Sir Robert Taylor,[1] and the house was enlarged with a portico and other enrichments in 1780 by Placido Columbani, it was Grade I listed on 14 July 1955.[2]

The house was built for the politician George Clive[1] and the gardens were landscaped by Lancelot "Capability" Brown.[3]

Notable residents[edit]

Clive died in 1779. Subsequent residents have included:

Requisition in 1945 and subsequent use[edit]

The house was requisitioned by Wandsworth Borough Council in 1945. In 1963 it became a hall of residence for Garnett College, the UK's only dedicated lecturer-training college. Garnett College became part of Woolwich Polytechnic, then Thames Polytechnic, then the University of Greenwich.

Today, Mount Clare is owned by the Southlands Methodist Trust[5] and used as a hall of residence for the University of Roehampton.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Cherry, Bridget and Pevsner, Nikolaus (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. pp. 694–5. ISBN 0 14 0710 47 7.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Historic England. "Mount Clare, Minstead Gardens, SW15 (1184436)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Gerhold, Dorian (1997). Villas and Mansions of Roehampton and Putney Heath. Wandsworth Historical Society. pp. 31–33. ISBN 0 905121 05 8.
  4. ^ "John Dick – British Consul at Leghorn". James Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  5. ^ Methodist Council (2015), Southlands College and the Southlands Methodist Trust, accessed 28 May 2018

Coordinates: 51°27′07″N 0°15′03″W / 51.4519°N 0.2509°W / 51.4519; -0.2509