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Mount Ararat House



 Mount Ararat House etching by T.F.Darrall

 1746  First rate payment

Richardson Manor map shows a house with garden stretching along The Vineyard but fronting on what became Mt Ararat Road. Owned: Thomas H Warren, Lessee: Daniel Wray

 1803  "In the latter half of the 18th century Mary Wray - wife of Daniel Wray (1701-83), distinguished antiquary, man of letters and trustee of the British Museum - attained a proficiency in the art of cutting silhouettes which equalled that of many professional profilists. When the vogue for silhouettes was at its height many people enjoyed the hobby of making shadow portraits in their family circles."
Country Life Nov 29

 Richmond, Surrey.-COPYHOLD MANSION, with Pleasureground,
Land, Garden, Orchard, Coach-house and Stabling.
At Garraway's on Friday, May 20, at 12,

A MOST desirable COPYHOLD FAMILY MANSION, pleasantly situate on a gentle eminence at Mount Ararat, Richmond, Surrey; the property and late residence of Mrs. WRAY, deceased, rich in luxuriant prospects extending to Harrow, commanding the view of the Pagoda at Kew, and encompassed in part with a few noble elm trees, standing for 2 carriages, stabling for 8 horses, lawn, pleasureground, laid out in walks, planted with choice shrubs, an excellent kitchen garden, a considerable range of walls cloathed with full-bearing fruit trees, gardener's cottage and orchard; comprising in the whole 3 acres, part freehold; together with near 3 acres of profitable pasture land, immediately opposite the mansion, held on lease. The Dwelling contains a spacious entrance hall or summer eating room, bow-windowed parlour opening with folding doors into a small library, excellent staircase, noble lofty drawing room 13 feet high, 26 feet in length, and 20 feet broad, bow-windowed sitting room, 2 principal bedchambers, a dressing room and water closet, a back staircase throughout, with 3 family bedchambers and 5 servants rooms on the upper story, and various conveniences. The Offices consist of housekeeper's room, butler's pantry, kitchen, larder, dairy, scullery, laundry and wash-house, complete with cellars and drying ground: a coach sweep approach, inclosed by gates, leads to the dwelling. May be viewed by tickets only, ten days preceding the sale, on application to Messrs. Peter Coxe, Burrell and Foster, Throgmorton Street, of whom particulars may be then had; and at the Star and Garter, and Castle, Richmond; and at Lloyds and Garraways.


 Richmond, Surry. Household Furniture and other Effects.
On the Premises, Mount Ararat, Richmond, Surry, on Monday,
June 13, and following Day, at 11 o'clock,

THE HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, Books, Electrical Machine, Clock, exercising Horse, with other Effects of Mrs. Wray, deceased. The Furniture comprises mahogany library, and other bookcases, writing table, double and single chests of drawers, wardrobe, lady's dressing table, dining, card, and Pembroke tables, sideboards, a number of four-post bedsteads, with cotton, dimitry and stuff furnitures; goose feather beds and bedding, window curtains, pier and dressing glasses, japanned and other chairs, Turkey, Brussels and Kidderminster carpets, lustre candlesticks, china and glass, kitchen furniture, with various other articles. - May be viewed on Saturday preceding the sale, when Catalogues may be had on the premises; the Star and Garter, and Talbot, Richmond; the Red Lion, Putney; and of Messrs. Peter Coxe, Burrell and Foster, Throgmorton Street.

 1842 Driver map labels the building as Mt Ararat.
 1841  Census: Mount Ararat House occupied by Henry Hawkes, of independent means, and his family. Part of the house was used as Mount Ararat Lodge School.
 1851  Census: Anna Grosvenor, Fundholder, and 12 servants.
 1861  Census: Anna Grosvenor and 6 servants, plus her visiting sister with 2 accompanying servants.
 1865 Map shows nicely laid out garden with a fountain. Mount Ararat road is named as such.
 1871  Census: Robert Stopford, a retired Vice-Admiral now a magistrate, his wife 4 children and 9 servants

Auction on 12th May of Mount Ararat House (the residence for many years of the late Admiral R.F.Stopford, J.P.)

  Auction catalogue page 1  Auction catalogue page2 Auction catalogue page 3 Auction catalogue page 4


 1896  Plan of new houses on Mount Ararat Estate
 1913 Map shows the house pulled down and new housing covering all the previous house and garden. The new houses on The Vineyard number 47 - 77. They were built before the census of 1901.
Links to present houses 47     49     51     53     55     57     59     61     63     65     67     69     71     73     75     77
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