Honeywood Heritage Centre M U S E U M D E V E L O P M E N T , - H I S T O R Y
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The early history of Honeywood
Wandle Cottage and Honeywood in the 1870s
The oldest surviving part of Honeywood is a small chalk and flint chequerwork bulding, probably dating from the late 17th century and which is incorporated into the present house.
The chalk-and-flint building was 'L'-shaped in plan. A bay window was added to the front by 1848, and a new two-storey extension was built in the back in the angle of the 'L' between 1848 and 1868. The existing staircase is also 19th century.
The deeds show that by 1779 there were two houses side by side at the western end of the Carshalton ponds. Our building was called 'Wandle Cottage' and was the northernmost of the two. The other house stood between our building and Pound Street and was called 'Honeywood'. In 1883 the freehold of both properties came into the hands of Mr. John Pattinson Kirk, who already had acquired the leases on both of them. He had the original Honeywood demolished around 1883, and about 1895 the name was transferred to our building, which has been called Honeywood ever since.