The current Grange restaurant, below, is designed in a traditional style loosely based on the original late 19th century house (circa 1880) that once stood here and sadly burnt down in January 1960.
However, in 1967, a few years after the old house burnt down, a modernist style building was chosen to replace it (top pic). Inside was a large hall space, and a library.
This building proved unpopular, jarring with the historical landscape and was remodelled after around 20 years, into the current building. You can still make out structural influences of the 60s building if you look carefully at the current roof.
Here’s an interesting comparison of the three buildings, from one viewpoint.
The Grange in Beddington Park viewed today, then circa 1967 (child unknown) when it was rebuilt after a fire, and finally a view from probably around the 1930s.
Further clarification on exact dates is needed – to be updated. Remember the old building? Please let us know in the comments below – helps keep all Social Media comments in one place. The original source of the old images is unknown.
A nice clear pic from Chris Pocock via Facebook
Collected comments via various social media channels – to keep in one place:
On 1960s building
“Had our wedding reception there 43-years ago. The view over Beddington Park was panoramic from the large windows” Warwick Acupunc
“I remember that building and I think the Grange was almost considered a separate park to Beddington then” Jeannie Arnold
“It was a sort of Civic Hall, where some Council functions, Weddings and Community Groups met. There was a large hall upstairs and a small meeting room downstairs. I don’t recall a library, but others will know that” Charlie Mansell
On original building
“I loved the old building. Beautiful staircase. Rocking horse in the entrance hall and children upstairs sitting round an ultra violet lamp to get some additional vitamins. I remember we were all rather bony.” Christine Searle
“Parents’ wedding was at Beddington Church and The Grange in May 1953.
As kids we went to sun ray treatment there. I clearly remember the big staircase and the rocking horse. Also ice cream on the terrace on summer Sundays.” Linda Cook-Atikian
I remember it well! Can remember as a child having to go there: maybe a dentist, or health checks etc. you felt quite regal when you had to climb the stairs to the gallery landing from the large entry hall. Loved looking at the ponds as well as there were some large golden fish in there?