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The Mansion Portico(exteriors)

The Mansion Ceilings(interiors)

The Stable Clock Tower (ancillary buildings)

The historic and 'listed' buildings in the park include The Mansion, The Stables and Homesteads (and Garden Cottage), and Southend Lodge (gatehouse).
The Foxgrove Clubhouse is within the bounds of the park and is leased to a private social club. This building used to be a golf club house before golf facilities were moved to the Mansion House.
The Mansion is Grade II* listed by English Heritage and the other buildings are Grade II. All the buildings are on English Heritage's 'at risk' register due to inadequate or no maintenance of the buildings over a long period of time.

An article by David Love about the plasterwork via this link in a pdf file


The development of the buildings is somewhat vague but a house or Mansion was built for John Cator circa 1760-1762
built in the Arcadian style of Adam brothers. Parts of the house and the Doric columns of the portico, were later taken from a house Cator purchased and demolished at Blackheath (Gregory Page Turner's Wricklemarsh). Close inspection of the Mansion shows evidence of substantial remodelling over time. There are blocked in windows in the brickwork carcasse. We suppose the ashlar covering came from Wricklemarsh. It is thought by some that this was an older remodelled building. There is no firm evidence of an architect but names that have been suggested are Robert Stone of Danson Park fame amongst others. The Cator family/estate eventually sold their lands in Beckenham, much of it for housing development, as they had done with Wricklemarsh at Blackheath. The Stable Block (Homesteads) is thought be contemporary with the Mansion, the clock is said to have come from 'Clock House' Beckenham, which once belonged to Joseph Cator from the eighteenth century. The clock was made or installed in the 1730's having been overhauled in the late 18th century, perhaps on installation into the stable block, and again circa 1930, possibly this time at the take-over of the park by the London County Council. The clock is said to have only been in BPP for 100 years, so there is a bit of a mystery as to its movements (no pun intended). The stable block has many original features but much of the accommodation has been remodeled in a 1930's style, again perhaps on the LCC take over. There are three lodges to BPP, only one remaining in possession of the Local Authority (London Borough of Lewisham). The two others at Foxgrove Road and Westgate Road are now outside the bounds the public park. Garden Cottage stands just outside the formal flower garden and was probably the 'Estate Managers' residence. A mound with mature trees by the Drive near Garden Cottage is thought to be the remains of an Ice Well. Land around the Mansion was laid out as landscaped "Park Land" with rolling grassland interspersed with single or groups of specimen trees as this was fashionable in the eighteenth century. There was until the introduction of the golf course, a two-acre lake in the valley north east of the Mansion. An ancient pond lies about 100 metres to the front of the Mansion.