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Banstead Village

Banstead Place Park Road Banstead
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Banstead Place Park Road Banstead

Banstead place in Park Road Banstead
Previously owned by Ralph Neville.
This building is now the

Queen Elizabeth's Foundation
Brain Injury Centre
Banstead Place
Park Road

Tel: 01737 356222
Picture added on 18 October 2009 at 11:46
Has anybody got any idea when Banstead Place was built? My brother in law has an ancestor who was a Coachman & Gentleman's Servant at Banstead Place circa 1740's onwards, so I was wondering if this was the grand house (as it would have been then).

Reply from LNW - Hi Rosemary. according to our records Banstead Place was built in 1790 by John Motteaux a director of the East India Company and uncle to Lord Palmerston. The estate dating from the early seventeenth century was formerly known as Carpenters and was owned by the Wilmot family. The Motteaux family lived there for fifty years and later owners included John Lambert and Sir Ralph Neville, both very important indviduals in the history of Banstead.
Banstead Place has been extended over the years but most of the main structure, at least from the outside, is mainly original.

BANSTEAD PLACE (formerly Carpenters) was an estate of the Wilmots early in the 17th century. It passed through an heiress to Elizabeth wife of Gabriel Bestman, and afterwards to her niece, Hannah Wilmot, who married Sir Samuel Prime, a well-known lawyer in the reign of George III. The property passed later to the Westons, and then to John Motteux, of Beachamwell and Sandringham, co. Norfolk, whose trustees sold it to W. S. H. Fitz Roy, from whom it was acquired by John Lambert of Garratts Hall

From: 'Parishes: Banstead', A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3 (1911), pp. 252-262. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42963 Date accessed: 01 June 2012.

At the time that Banstead Place was owned by Capt. W. H. L. Fitz Roy, it was described as an excellent house surrounded by about two hundred acres of ground, and well wooded.
Source :C. J Swete. A hand-book of Epsom : with illustrations on wood and steel, embracing the villages of Ewell, Letherhead, Ashtead, Banstead . . .
Added by Rosemary Wooldridge on 30 May 2012
This looks uncannily like a building I (thought) I knew (?called "Rosehill") behind a tall brick wall in Park Road- just past The Well, on the right. It was (during the 1940s-50's)the headquarters of the FSSNHO(Contrib). That is, the Federated Superannuation Scheme for Nurses and Hospital Officers (Contributory)! During that time I was a clerk at the South Eastern Gas board (West Surrey Division) based at the bottom of Sutton High Street (299)- where, later it was replaced by the tall Eagle Star office block, in front of the gas works.

NOTE FROM LNW: They do look a bit similar but Banstead Place is further down Park Road on the left hand side, almost opposite The Mint.
Added by Bill Mallion on 29 March 2013
Thank you,LNW. Is Rosehill still there- under some other name, perhaps? Or was the site redeveloped- with maisonettes, perhaps...? I read somewhere that originally and old farm stood on this same site...?

Reply from LNW: Yes Bill it is still there, now called Castle House, partly offices and partly maisonettes. The block on the right hand side of the building was completely knocked down and rebuilt as maisonettes, but the developers did a really excellent job of replicating the exterior such that it is difficult to tell that that part is new. There was a Farm which is depicted on two sets of postcards that were issued showing such areas as The Dairy and the Vegetable plot etc.

Added by Bill Mallion on 31 March 2013
Many thanks,LNW. You're increasing my nostalgia! I used to cycle and walk around that area in 40's, 50's & 60's. On the opposite side of the road- halfway towards Rosehill, I recall the entrance to a wartime army camp (the initials EAM were on the entrance sign). German POW's were there 1946-ish).

Note from LNW: I suspect you mean No. 116 Equipment Ammunition Depot, used as a pig farm for many years and in more recent years, the area was looked at for redevelopment. Two unsuccesful attemps at gaining planning permission so far as I know.

If you would like a bit of nostalgia, you could not do better that one of our latest publications BANSTEAD PAST AND PRESENT which shows old photographs on every page, accompanied by more recent ones taken within the last three years or so. Go to www.bansteadhistory.com and click on publications. Unfortunately, our book on the ammunition dump is out of print.
Added by Bill Mallion on 31 March 2013
Added by Bill Mallion on 02 April 2013
Can anybody please tell me what this property was used for in 1949, as my wife's grand parents both give this as their address when her father was born in October 1949?

REPLY FROM LNW: Andy, Banstead Place was used as a hospital for RAF officers during WWII, and afterwards, rooms were made available to homeless people, so it may be that your wife's grand parents were bombed out, possibly from Salisbury Road or Nork Way. We would need the family name to investigate further.
Added by Andy Clemett on 27 December 2013
can anyone recall a boys homein park road about 1955 as i was there for 18 months

LNW: There was a Boys surgical home. The building still exists

Added by John Neale on 03 June 2015
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