The King’s Observatory, commissioned by King George 111 and completed in 1769, is located in the Old Deer Park, Richmond Surrey and has a land area of just under 7 acres. In its arcadian setting, the house and grounds must be one of the most beautiful properties in the London area.
The house has an interesting history. King George 111, only recently ascended to the throne, wished to create an impressive park for his private use. With this goal in mind, he acquired and demolished existing buildings at the Hamlet of West Sheen on the extreme West of the Park. These buildings stood where the great Carthusian Monastery – built on the orders of Henry V in 1414 – had once commanded the landscape prior to being dismantled during the dissolution of the monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII and later finished off under Queen Elizabeth 1.