Derwent House, on Camden Park Road, Chislehurst, Bromley, is one of a
number of the locally renowned 'Willett-built' houses erected on the
Camden Park Estate by high-class speculative builder William Willett
in the 1900s.
Willett bought the entire estate in 1890  with the intention of
building on it all but the venture was not successful and he erected
only a small number of houses there and on Wilderness Road. The
remainder of the estate became the
Chislehurst Golf Club with the
mansion, Camden Place, becoming its clubhouse.
Derwent House was erected in 1899. The design is inspired by the arts
and crafts movement. It is of red brick in with a red clay tiled roof.
It was designed by
Ernest Newton and a ballroom was added in 1903 by
Amos Faulkner (Willett's in-house architect). Faulkner also designed
the detached motor house with carriage-wash canopy. Derwent is a Grade
II listed building located within the
Chislehurst Conservation Area.
Willett lived in a similar Newton house further along at 88 Camden
Park Road. A blue plaque on that building commemorates Willett as the
promoter of daylight saving time.
^ The Builder, May 17, 1890
Coordinates: 51°24′39″N 0°03′39″E / 51.4109°N
0.0607°E / 51.4109; 0.0607
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