Mitcham Grove, Mitcham

Mitcham Grove, Mitcham

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Area Mitcham
Picture Reference Mit_​Buildings_​26-8
Original Format Painting
Notes / History A sizeable house has existed on this site since the Medieval Period. In the Tudor age Thomas Smythe, a prominent official in the court of Elizabeth 1, owned the house and estate and his descendants retained ownership during the first quarter of the Georgian Period. Baron Clive of India owned Mitcham Grove in the 18th century. It appears that Clive gave Mitcham Grove to Alexander Wedderburn's around 1773 in recognition of his considerable help and support. Wedderburn later became Lord Chancellor and, on his death in 1804, was buried in St. Pauls Cathedral.

In 1774 Robert Adam was drawing up plans to turn the existing house into an elegantly proportioned and fashionable mansion. Henry Hoare, an eminent City financier and senior partner in Hoares Bank, Fleet Street, purchased Mitcham Grove circa 1786. He was an active member and benefactor within the local Mitcham community for over 40 years until his death in 1828. The house suffered mixed fortunes following his death and having failed to attract a buyer was demolished in 1846.

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