History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Lodge west of the Natural History Museum

A Grade II Listed Building in Brompton & Hans Town, Greater London Authority

More Photos »
Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


Latitude: 51.4964 / 51°29'47"N

Longitude: -0.1788 / 0°10'43"W

OS Eastings: 526517

OS Northings: 179072

OS Grid: TQ265790

Mapcode National: GBR 4K.1R

Mapcode Global: VHGQY.VNB6

Plus Code: 9C3XFRWC+HF

Entry Name: Lodge west of the Natural History Museum

Listing Date: 15 April 1969

Last Amended: 29 July 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1190175

English Heritage Legacy ID: 203738

Location: Brompton and Hans Town, Kensington and Chelsea, London, SW7

County: Greater London Authority

Electoral Ward/Division: Brompton & Hans Town

Built-Up Area: Kensington and Chelsea

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Holy Trinity with St Paul, Onslow Sq and St Augustine, Sth Kensington

Church of England Diocese: London

Find accommodation in
Shepherds Bush


Lodge to the Natural History Museum of 1883 by Alfred Waterhouse.


Lodge to the west of the Natural History Museum, built as a pair of houses in 1883 by Alfred Waterhouse. Building being refurbished in 2016. Buff terracotta with a slated roof.

Two storeys, the ground floor at the level of the garden, below street level, giving the appearance of a single storey dwelling. A projecting central bay beneath a hipped roof has a pair of dormer windows to the west and east elevations beneath gablets. The roof is topped by a central ornate stack and two end finials. There are single round-arched windows on the ground floor to the east and west, and at the first floor to the north and south. Wide-arched entrances are at the north and south.

INTERIOR was not inspected.


The history of the Natural History Museum is summarised in the List entry for the main Museum building. The lodge to the west was built in 1883 as a pair of houses for a resident engineer and messenger. The interiors are said to have fixtures and fittings of the mid C20. At the time of inspection in 2016, the lodge was undergoing refurbishment and could not be inspected.

Reasons for Listing

The lodge to the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, of 1883 by Alfred Waterhouse, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Architectural interest: designed in a style and with materials consistent with the Museum building, the lodge is meticulously designed with distinctive terracotta detailing;
* Historic interest: it is an integral part of Waterhouse's Museum complex and thus has national cultural significance;
* Group value: with the Museum, gates, gatepiers, railings and Porter's Lodge, all listed at Grade I.

Selected Sources

Book cover links are generated automatically from the sources. They are not necessarily always correct, as book names at Amazon may not be quite the same as those used referenced in the text.

Source title links go to a search for the specified title at Amazon. Availability of the title is dependent on current publication status. You may also want to check AbeBooks, particularly for older titles.

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.