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Montrose House

Montrose House
General information
Type Residential
Location Petersham, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England
Construction started late 17th century
Awards and prizes Listed as Grade II* by Historic England[1]

Montrose House is a late 17th-century Grade II* listed building[1] at 186 Petersham Road, Petersham in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.[1]

The house was built for Sir Thomas Jenner, Justice of the Common Pleas under James II, but is named after the Dowager Duchess of Montrose (widow of the 3rd Duke)[2] who lived there from 1837 to 1847.[2][3] It was bought by the entertainer Tommy Steele in 1969.[2][3]

The house is located at a sharp right-angled bend on Petersham Road (part of the A307). After a spate of serious accidents on the bend in the road, the neighbours formed a group in the 1850s called Trustees of the Road. The Hon. Algernon Tollemache of Ham House was their leader and they managed to persuade the owner of Montrose House to part with some land to reduce the sharpness of the bend. But various dents in the brick wall today reveal that motorists are still taken unawares by it.[4]

Adjacent to Montrose House, and equally impressive, is Rutland Lodge, built in 1660 for a Lord Mayor of London.

Montrose House in art

A drawing of the rear of Montrose House was made by Wilfred Fairclough in July 1941 as part of the "Recording Britain" collection of topographical watercolours and drawings produced in the early 1940s during the Second World War. It is held at the Victoria and Albert Museum.[5]


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