In the late Victorian period when London was expanding rapidly, Ham Common and a number of other commons were under threat of development. Lord Dysart sought to exploit Ham’s agricultural and open land but the villagers opposed his actions. The Metropolitan Commons Act and, later, the Richmond, Petersham and Ham Open Spaces Act of 1902, were able to protect Ham Common for future generations. Today, this wonderful open space with ponds and woodland, is a Local Nature Reserve and an area of ecological, historical and recreational interest.
Over the past months, Ham Common has provided a wonderful escape, fresh air and exercise for the people of Ham. The Common also means that residents at Beechcroft’s exclusive over 55s’ development, Orford Place, enjoy a country setting, close to vibrant Richmond-on-Thames and within easy reach of London’s West End. What’s more, with 3 acres of landscaped grounds within Orford Place, including a meadow, orchard, woodland, greenhouses and allotments, the retired homeowners have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
“People were really surprised when we told them we were moving to London. They couldn’t believe why we’d leave the Isle of Arran– but Ham Common, with its ponds is a wonderful place. The grounds at Orford Place are equally beautiful with flowerbeds and an orchard – and this has been so important for our well-being. There are lovely walks on Ham Common; really it’s been a lifesaver. We would like to thank Beechcroft for developing this special site for us all to enjoy.”
, Ham Common
Beechcroft is now marketing the final home at Orford Place. The two-bedroom converted house with a study and two private terraces, priced at £1.6 million, is the result of Beechcroft’s careful conversion of the Grade II mansion, which dates from about 1730. The interiors are superb, combining the classic and the contemporary with a high-quality specification. The kitchen features stone worktops and a full complement of Siemens appliances. The bathroom and en-suites are fitted with square-edge, double-ended baths and vanity units. Underfloor heating feels wonderful, especially in the colder months. The homes come with private parking and security alarms. There’s also an Estate Manager on hand to maintain the communal areas, including the beautiful three-acre grounds – and to offer help and advice if needed.
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