Chislehurst Golf Club

The Architecture of Camden Place


Camden Place, at Chislehurst, Kent is a grade II* listed building which has, since 1894 housed Chislehurst Golf Club.

The building is of great architectural and historic importance and is still being researched.

Dating from the early 18th century the house was transformed into a Georgian mansion by architects George Dance and designer James ‘Athenian’ Stuart.

In the 1860’s it was refurbished as a French chateau, complete with a new dining room with panelling  taken from the Chateau de Bercy. It has been described as the ‘probably the best French interior in England’.

It was certainly a room fit for royalty and in 1870 became the home of the court of Napoleon lll in exile. He died at the house in 1873.  

Of Architectural Note:

  • Dining room panelling from the Chateau de Bercy – showcasing the best of French craftsmanship from the 1720’s.
  • Muralled Oval Room
  • Jacobean entrance hall
  • Ceiling  and garden folly by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart
  • Fireplaces and boiseries.

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