Coombe Vane, KT3 4SJ


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  • Bedrooms: 4
Coombe Vane has a long and interesting history. It is the oldest house in a cluster of work buildings that belonged to the Coombe Manor estate. The manor was first mentioned in the Domesday Book with the final mansion house being demolished in the 1960s. Sections of the high red brick walls that enclosed the estate still stand.The lounge and master bedroom formed the 16th Century thatched cottage described in a bill of sale for 1679 as A fine brick built house for ye huntsman with a fair yard for ye dogs and horses. The huntsmans cottage can be identified as a solitary dwelling on The John Roque Map of 1746. What was once a cobbled, unnamed track for the servants is now Warren Rise. The other old buildings in Warren Rise, which followed later, were the stables with ostlers rooms above, the laundry (also part of Coombe Vane), the brew house with a hayloft above, and a farm bailiffs cottage, all built over the 18th and 19th Centuries. The original cottage has ships beams, candle ledges, ancient joinery and a hearth with a bread oven. 46 hearths were charged for tax in the Manor in 1651 - this is the last remaining. The cottage staircase was constructed in the 17th Century with evidence of an earlier one. In 1974 the 5 x 8 fireplace in the huntsmans cottage was identified by Dr Chris Smith of Ancient Monuments for London (GLC) as being the correct size for spit-roasting a deer, which was one of the huntsmans duties on his return from the hunting grounds of Kingston, Norbiton and Wimbledon Commons.The dining hall was formerly the drying room for the laundry built in the mid 18th Century, which had a high barn door into the backyard for the laundry carts and washing lines. In the late 18th Century a dormitory for the laundry maids was built over the original huntsmans cottage and later an early 19th Century kitchen added at the back. The weather vane on the roof is late 18th Century and thought to have been installed by the Prime Minister, the Earl of Liverpool. The vane was visible from the main residence, Coombe House. The Battle of Waterloo was planned from Coombe House Estate.

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