The John Innes Merton garden suburb legacy…

May 11th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge
The John Innes Merton garden suburb legacy…

John Innes, property developer and philanthropist played a very important part in creating the beautiful green suburb in Merton Park and surrounding areas that we still enjoy today. His passion for plants and conservation shone through in his work, and together with the renowned architect Henry Quartermain he created some of the most beautiful examples late Victorian architecture we have in the UK.
The story of Innes is particularly interesting, his family originally owned a sugar plantations in Jamaica, importing rum to England. He and his family supported the anti-slavery campaign and his family eventually sold the business. Although his career started off in the wine business he soon realised that his passion lay in property developing, and so in 1864 he founded the London Real Property Company with his older brother James. During this time he acquired Manor Farm in Merton and became Lord of the Manor of Merton in 1872.
Around this time he discovered the architect Henry Quartermain who shared a similar passion in creating garden suburbs with wide roads and designing buildings worthy of their glorious surroundings – architecture with an eye for detail, from the lattice brick work patterns commonly found on these houses to the multi-pitched roofs, and the complexities of the joinery in the openings and verandas, all of which make these properties still very sought after today. Innes also commissioned Quartermain to redesign his Manor Farm.
Goodfellows Merton Park has this rarely available Victorian family home designed by Quartermain and situated in the John Innes Wilton Crescent Conservation Area for sale – an area an area renowned for its good schools, parks and recreational facilities. This semi detached, five double bedroom home with a guide price of £2,500,000, offers over 2,200 square feet of accommodation set over three floors and is complemented by a sizable rear garden and the benefit of off street parking to the front. EPC EER F.

  • Conservation Area
  • Quartermain Designed House
  • Five Double Bedrooms

For more details please follow this link  or call Goodfellows Merton Park on 020 8542 1193.