- Cannizaro Park
Cannizaro Park is a park in Wimbledon in the
London Borough of Merton. It is located to the south of Wimbledon Commonand is known for its ornamental landscaped gardens with ponds and sculpture.
The park is the remnant of the gardens of the former country house at its centre (now a hotel). The house, originally known as Warren House, was built in the 18th century and was owned by the
Grosvenorand Drax families who, for most of its history, let it to a series of wealthy tenants. The adjacent Royal Wimbledon golfcourse and the western parts of Wimbledon village were also once parts of the estate.
Between 1785 and 1806,
Home Secretaryand Secretary of State for War, Viscount Melville occupied the house. During his tenure, the house was a major social centre for royalty and senior politicians (George III and Prime Minister William Pitt the Youngerboth stayed there regularly). Dundas organised the landscaping of the gardens, the basic structure of which remains today. Lady Jane Wood in the gardens is a memorial to his wife.
In 1817, Sicilian Francis Plamonte, Count St. Antonio and his Scottish wife Sophia leased Warren House and held regular parties and concerts whose attendees included Prime Minister the Duke of Wellington and Mrs Fitzherbert, mistress of King George IV. The Count left his wife and returned to Italy in 1832 when he inherited the title Duke of Cannizzaro. The Duchess remained at Warren House until she died in 1841. After her death the house came to be known by her husband's title (with a variation in the spelling).
A major fire at the beginning of the 20th century destroyed much of the house but it was rebuilt and extended to its current arrangement. In the 1920s Cannizaro House was owned by
AdmiralPlunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax. He sold it to the Wilson family, its last private owners.
The Wilsons owned the house until the late 1940s and carried out a series of improvements in the gardens with the planting of new trees,
Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Camellias. In 1947, the house and gardens were sold to Wimbledon Borough Council. The gardens were opened to the public shortly after and the house was for a time used as a nursing home.
London Borough of Mertonsold the house in the 1980s and it was subsequently converted to a hotel. The gardens remain in council ownership and open to the public.
* [http://www.cannizaropark.org.uk/index.htm Friends of Cannizaro Park]
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