Maids of Honour Row is ‘an excellent, entirely uniform, terrace’ of four three story houses each five windows wide with a parapet hiding the roof. They have distinctive pink “rubbed” brick dressings to the windows, set off by white-painted sash windows, keystones and cornices. The Row was built on the site of Henry VII’s Palace at Richmond, just beside the entrance gate.
The British Journal for April 1724 reported that the Prince of Wales (the future George II)
“hath given directions for erecting a new building . . . to serve as Lodgings for the Maids of Honour attending the Princess of Wales”.
The maids received a stipend of £200 per year in addition to their board and lodgings in these houses. However, the four houses were occupied by maids of honour only until 1728. The rate books of 1780 and 1790 show that No 1 was occupied by Dr John Worgan (1724-90), organist of Vauxhall Gardens and of several London churches. Colonel Joseph Burton was a sub-tenant of that house in 1831, when his son Richard Burton, the explorer, attended Dr Delafosse’s school on Richmond Green.
In Charles Dickens‘ Great Expectations Estella came to London to be introduced to aristocratic society by a Mrs Brandley who lived here.
No 1 was one of my first projects. I was asked to provide advice on the use of paint and colour for the interior.
Recently I had the pleasure of being asked to help a subsequent owner with paint colours in this house. Although I had only a dim memory of the main rooms it was wonderful to see the house again.
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