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CA8: Claremont Road

Designation date: October 1987 and extended in July 1991

No of properties: 391

Area: 9.3 hectares


image source: Conservation Area leaflet, 2002.

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Designation summary

The special architectural and historic interest of this area can be summarised as: Part of the original Surbiton “New Town” conceived by Thomas Pooley. Development started in 1838, and centred around the landscaped Claremont Crescent Gardens.

Historic development

After the arrival of the South Western Railway, Thomas Pooley - a Cornishman and local Malthouse owner, conceived the idea of building a new town next to the railway in Surbiton. He drew up initial plans, commissioned architects and builders and laid out the first phase of development between 1838 and 1842. Subsequent phases were continued after 1842 by the bankers Coutts and Company who commissioned architect Philip Hardwick and Cubitts the builders to create a fashionable middle class residential suburb of modest yet elegant stuccoed semi detached villas and terraces in the Regency style.

Key architectural features

Buildings of this early stage of Surbiton’s development, are characterised by being built in the classical style with stuccoed facades. Several original examples survive on the north side of Victoria Road, the east sides of Claremont Road and St Philip’s Road.

There are a number of robust Victorian, locally listed buildings in Avenue Elmers and Claremont Gardens. In Avenue Elmers, villas were erected in the early 1870s by local developers Corbett and McClaymont. These buildings form a perfect transition from the modest stuccoed 1840 villas on Claremont Road to the flamboyant red brick 1890 houses on Claremont Gardens.

Listed Buildings

Buildings of Townscape Merit

  • Surbiton Assembly Rooms 138 Maple Road
  • 134 Maple Road
  • Zockoll House 143 Maple Road
  • Claremont Hall Claremont Road
  • The Coach House Claremont Road
  • 28-30, 32a, 36, 38, 38, 40, 42, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70, 70a, 76, Claremont Road
  • 5, 6 (Masonic Hall) 8, 8a, 8b/8c The Crescent
  • 2, 3, 4 Avenue Elmers
  • 38. 40, 49, 51, 53, 55 Adelaide Road

Adjacent Conservation Areas (CA) / Local Areas of Special Character (LASC)

  • Surbiton Town Centre Conservation Area

Archaeological Priority Area


Article 4 Directions

Article 4 Direction - converting offices to residential use

Further information

Claremont Road Conservation Area Designation Report


If you have any questions about this conservation area or would like to find out whether you need planning permission before carrying out works to your property, please contact the Duty Planning Officer on 020 8547 5002.

Documents available to download:

Link Description Source Published
CA 8 Planning Information Conservation Area 8 - Planning Information (A5 size leaflet, fold out to A3) RBK Director of Environmental Services 2002

General information
Information applying to all Conservation Areas