Brunswick House

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Vauxhall Free

This listed Georgian mansion, former home to the Dukes of Brunswick, was built in 1758 and once stood in three acres of riverside parkland – now it sits in the middle of Vauxhall Cross overshadowed by the massive St George Wharf complex. Brunswick House was in a state of disrepair and was on the English Heritage ‘Buildings at Risk’ list until it was acquired by LASSCO (The London Architectural Salvage and Supply Company), which also has a branch in Spitalfields, in 2004. After the squatters were removed, Brunswick House was restored and it’s now used by LASSCO as a premises from which to sell architectural salvage. Members of the public are welcome to visit the restored building for a glimpse of Vauxhall’s elegant past.

Venue name: Brunswick House
Address: 30 Wandsworth Rd
Vauxhall Cross
London
SW8 2LG
Opening hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm Sun (not bank hols)
Transport: Tube: Vauxhall; Bus: 2, 88 bus. Car parking available to those purchasing architectural salvage

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Yvonne Thomas

Although sadly I have not yet made it to London, when I imagine it, and even more so, England, I see pictorial landscapes of meadows and glens with little stone cottages and as a land of rich history and manors, mansions, and castles. Yes, I realize time changes everything, and that London is a huge international city, but I am very happy to hear that LASSCO stepped in and prevented such a historical and gorgeous piece of architecture from being torn down. That would have been a travesty. My husband's ancestry is very strong in the UK, Wales, and Ireland, and all three are on my bucket list as places to visit in the next couple of years.

Yvonne

Not able to review as haven't been there, but looks like a place to add to my bucket list.