Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Hayes Place

Hayes Place - photograph


Hayes is a delightful Kentish village, and close to its church, in grounds sloping towards Bromley, is Hayes Place, an unpretentious structure built by the great Lord Chatham. His pet hobby was landscape gardening, and many of the trees adorning the estate were planted by him. In this house the great Commoner died in 1778, in his seventieth year. Since then Hayes Place, to which he was so greatly attached, has changed hands many times and undergone many alterations Lord Chatham's distinguished son, William Pitt, was born at Hayes, although not actually in the house of which we give a picture; but it was here that General Wolfe dined on the evening before his departure for Quebec.