Montpelier Row, TW1

Montpelier Row lies to the west of Marble Hill Park in Twickenham.

Developer John Gray appears to have acquired the land but then subcontracted to it to other builders. Originally Montpelier Row consisted of a row of seventeen houses, the Montpelier Chapel – demolished in the 1940s – and a further five houses ending with South End House. The names given to most of the houses are of 19th and 20th century origin.

Why it was called Montpelier Row is not known, although it may have resembled the health resort of Montpellier in France, where the Earl of Clarendon spent some of his last years in exile.

Residents tended to be more aristocratic as the 18th century progressed, and included Lady Bute, the Earl of Macclesfield and the Lord Hillsborough.

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