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Offline sharmuk

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'Sitka', South Hill, Chislehurst
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2011, 11:02:03 »
'Sitka' is a large house designed by architect Ernest Newton and built on South Hill at Chislehurst for Emil Teichmann who made his money in the Alaskan fur trade.

It was later used by Southern Railways (it's convenient to Elmstead Woods station) then after the war housed SIRA (Scientific Instruments Research Association) who had been bombed out of London. The SIRA group went bust in 2006 and these few photos were taken on the closing day https://picasaweb.google.com/108547957187951504512/KentHistoryForum?authuser=0&feat=directlink.

The labs that had been built in the grounds have since been demolished, the main house converted into flats and more houses and flats built in the grounds.

Listing details here http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-492480-sira-main-building-originally-called-sit and here http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-493193-former-lodge-to-sitka-chislehurst

Unfortunately I don't have any interior photos but the 'possibly unique staircase' mentioned starts off as a single flight then splits into two leading to a gallery around the central hall cum atrium. At the split there's a pulpit from which rumour has it Teichmann used to preach on a Sunday to family and staff gathered below.

The Google Maps aerial view still shows the labs in place and on Bing they've been razed.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Bromley+BR7&aq=&sll=51.370042,0.017063&sspn=0.009565,0.01708&g=Bromley+BR2+7AU&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Chislehurst+BR7,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.415125,0.050187&spn=0.001194,0.003157&t=h&z=19

http://www.bing.com/Maps/?v=2&cp=sk27gkh03r6w&lvl=19.143813750036177&dir=2.4006508397131165&sty=o&eo=0&where1=S%20Hill%2C%20Chislehurst%20BR7%205&q=south%20hill%20bromley%20br7

Update: the developers renamed it Kingswood Chase and have a 360 degree interior view here http://www.berkeleygroup.co.uk/st-james/kingswood-chase/virtual-tours.
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