The Great Severndroog Timeline

Severndroog Castle was built as a memorial to Sir William James. His widow, Lady James, wanted to celebrate his most famous exploit when he destroyed the fleet and stronghold of 'pirates' on the island fortress Survarnadurg (Severndroog), India in 1755.

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Sir William James

1722 - 83

Lady Anne James

1742 - 98

1784

Severndroog Castle is built, just a year after William James's death, on Shooter's Hill in the parish of Eltham.

1790s

Severndroog Castle is used as a surveying point for the detailed mapping of England.

1798

Lady James dies and is buried in the family vault at St John's Churchyard, Eltham.

c. 1816

Mr John Blades, ex-sheriff of London, purchases the Castle.

1847

A proposal to build a 10,000 catacomb cemetery in terraces on the site, threatens the castle.

1848

The Royal Engineers use the building for conducting a survey of London.

c. 1869

Mr Barlow, ship owner, leases Castle Wood. He terraces the slopes south of the Castle and builds Castle Wood House, but never lives there.

1874

Mr Thomas Jackson (an eminent railway and docks contractor of Eltham Park) buys the lease and his son lives there until the lease passes to Mr E Probyn Godson. Mr Godson later buys the freehold of the estate, including the Castle.

1922

Mr E Probyn Godson leaves an option to buy the estate to the London County Council (LCC). The property transfers to LCC management in November. Castle Wood House and its outbuildings are demolished but the Castle is kept for 'park purposes'.

1939-1945

The Castle plays an important part in air raid defences for London. Two observers man the tower 24 hours a day.

1986

The Greater London Council (GLC) is abolished and the London Borough of Greenwich takes ownership. The Castle closes to the public.

2002

Greenwich Council proposes to lease the Castle to a property developer. A campaign to keep the Castle for the public begins.

2003

The Severndroog Castle Building Preservation Trust (SCBPT) is set up by local people.

2004

Severndroog Castle appears on the second series of the BBC2 programme "Restoration".

2005

An event at the Castle commemorates the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Severndroog.

2010

The Heritage Lottery Fund agrees to contribute to the restoration of Severndroog Castle.

2014

The restored Castle opens to visitors.

The Severndroog Castle Building Preservation Trust (SCBPT) is a company limited by guarantee (No. 04641883). Registered charity No. 1127071

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