The Round House, a late C18th oval stuccoed country villa, was built for William Sheldon, and is said to owe its unusual shape resembling a tea-caddie to his profession as a successful tea merchant. From the C18th gentlemen's mansions and parks began to be built around the old village of Havering-atte-Bower, which had fine views southwards across the Thames. In the early C20th the house was occupied by the Revd Joseph Hardwick Pemberton, a famous rose-grower and President of the National Rose Society. Here he grew and hybridised roses, including the Alexandra Rose as well as various Musk and Shrub roses. The adjacent grounds of Roundhouse Farm have the site of a large kitchen garden, now grassed, enclosed with high brick walls.
|Round House,Havering Atte Bower|
The Bower House is a grade I listed Palladian mansion in Havering-atte-Bower, England. It was built in 1729 by Henry Flitcroft. The stable block is separately grade I listed. It incorporated architectural items salvaged from the ruined Havering Palace. It remained a private home until 1976 when it was purchased by the Ford Motor Company. It is currently used as a religious training centre.
|Bower House,Stable Block|
|The reception room inside the Stable Block.|
The architect was Henry Flitcroft,designed by Charles Bridgman.
The house is of red brick and has a Welsh Slate roof. Two wings were later added in about 1800 circia.
|Fireplace in the entrance hall,bearing the coat of arms of King Edward III. It is believed this fireplace was bought here from the nearby Havering Palace.|
|Entrance hall fireplace.|
|Painting of Mary (wife of John Baynes) painted by John Vanderbank in 1727.|
|View across Havering from the Grand Parlour.|
|The murals of Sir James Thornhill.|
|View across Havering from the S Bedchamber.|
|This fire place engraved with 1659 is again older then Bower House and believed also to have come from The Royal Palace. The stonework and bricks are said be be Tudor in age.|
|Rear view of house from Gardens|
|Rear view of house|
|Front of house|
|Side view of Coach House and Stable building|
|More of the house's Grounds|
|The Welsh slate roof of Bower house|
A great day out, will have to visit more next year ......