Stop 6: The Cedars and Camden Park Road

The Cedars 1908

The attractive house prominently positioned at this important junction was built in 1894 by William Willett from designs by Ernest Newton in the early Arts and Crafts Style, with characteristically wide windows. The house sports a blue plaque in memory of William Willett, the instigator of Daylight Saving, known here as British Summer Time, and operated in different ways, in over 70 countries world-wide.

Willett was buried in St Nicholas churchyard, and we will also come across his memorial in the National Trust Willett Memorial Wood.

The houses on the left hand side of Camden Park Road, which runs to the right of The Cedars, were built by William Willett, some of them designed by Ernest Newton. Many of them are magnificent examples of the designs of the time, and most can be seen from the road.

There was a plan to build over the whole of the Camden Park Estate. In the end only Camden Park Road and The Wilderness were developed and the Park was maintained as a golf course.

If you want to know more about William Willett, look for David Prerau's book, 'Saving the Daylight'. More...
The first letters of the names of the first four houses to be built at this end of the road spell CAMD(EN). Can you find them?
Sir Malcolm Campbell's family lived for a while at Bonchester, here in Camden Park Road. More...
Retrace your steps to the Cedars, and turn left into the drive of Camden Place. This is a private members golf club, but you are able to walk down the drive to the house.