The 2020 programme is now past. We will be launching the 2021 programme mid August 2021
Little Holland House
Carshalton Water Tower and Historic Gardens
All Saints Carshalton
Itinerary created by Open House Volunteer, Rick Smith
Little Holland House, 40 Beeches Avenue, Carshalton SM5 3LW
Grade II listed building inspired by the ideals of John Ruskin and William Morris and contains Dickinson's paintings, hand-made furniture, furnishings, metalwork and friezes, in Arts & Crafts style.
From standing facing Little Holland House turn left and walk north along Beeches Avenue (which becomes Park Hill after the station). Beyond the roundabout the road curves right – take the first left (West Street) and your destination is on the left.
Walking time 14 minutes
Carshalton Water Tower and Historic Gardens, West Street, Carshalton SM5 2QG
The Carshalton Water Tower, grade II listed, is unique. Referred to as the Bagnio in the 18th Century, it contains a suite of rooms. These serve a diverse range of domestic and social functions. There is the bagnio, or bathroom with its deep plunge bath and exquisite early 18th Century tiles, the beautifully proportioned Saloon and the elegant Orangery, which contains a boutique that offers some items that are special to the Trust. The restored remains of a water wheel can be seen within the wheel pit of the Pump Chamber. This powered the pumps which lifted fresh spring water, from below this chamber, into a cistern, housed in the structure's crowning tower.
Take the path immediately opposite the entrance gates of the water tower (Festival Walk). When it reaches the pond turn right, your destination is on the right.
Walking time 3 minutes
Honeywood Museum, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton SM5 3NX
The oldest surviving part of Honeywood is a small chalk and flint chequer building probably dating from the late 17th century which is incorporated into the present house. It includes the areas now the shop and first tearoom, the hall and the tiny kitchen to the rear of the tearoom. An early map shows the site crossed by streams flowing from a line of springs along the edge of Pound Street just within the present garden.
Carry on to the far corner of the pond – you’ll see your next destination to the right.
Walking time 2 minutes
All Saints Carshalton, High Street, Carshalton SM5 3AG
A church on this site is mentioned in the Domesday Book but the oldest elements of the building visible today are 12th century. Further building in the 13th, 15th and 18th centuries, the tower largely dating from 1725. In 1893 the church was enlarged on the north side with a new arcade, nave and aisle to the design of Sir Arthur Blomfield. In 1913, a new west end including baptistry was added by Sir Arthur's son, Reginald. Now Grade ll* listed. The church interior features fine glass, reredos and screen, decorations, monuments, brasses, an award-winning lighting scheme and fine modern benches.
From the church head north up North Street (with the pond on your left). Beyond Carshalton station you reach a roundabout, bear right (Nightingale Road, later Hackbridge Road). At the end of this road turn left (London Road) – your destination is the second turn on the right.
Walking time 30 minutes
BedZed, 24 Helios Road, Hackbridge SM6 7BZ
BedZED has gone down in history as the UK’s first large-scale, mixed-use sustainable community. It has been an inspiration for low-carbon, environmentally friendly housing developments around the world. Completed in 2002 and consisting of nine buildings, it continues to attract visitors from across the globe and remains, arguably, the most ambitious attempt at all round sustainability in a major new housing development. BedZED’s biggest and most important success is that it remains an attractive and popular place to live, demonstrating that a large shift towards sustainable living need not entail sacrifice and discomfort.