Charlton House

Charlton House is one of London's LOP least-known architectural gems, a magnificent Jacobean mansion improbably situated in unfashionable Charlton.

Regarded as Greater London's best-preserved Jacobean house and one of England's finest examples of Jacobean domestic architecture, it commands an impressive site on a hill overlooking lawns and trees at the heart of Charlton village.

Charlton House was constructed between 1607 and 1612 (architect unknown, but thought to be John Thorpe) from red brick with stone dressing, with an 'E'-plan layout. It was built for Sir Adam Newton (who's buried in nearby St Luke's Church), Dean of Durham and tutor to Prince Henry, son of James I and elder brother of the future Charles I. Prince Henry died the year the house was completed.

Another famous connection is with Inigo Jones. who it's claimed designed the Orangery. built in 1630. The house was acquired by Greenwich Council in 1925 and later became a public library and community centre. An exhibition about the history of the house, the magnificent gardens and the tea rooms are open to the public.

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