A large villa formerly situated on the south corner of Regent’s Park Road and Clifton Road. Originally called Riversfield Lodge, it was built c.1845. Regent’s Park was developed as an upper middle class residential area in the decade after 1840. Riversfield Lodge was one of a series of large villas set in extensive gardens, which were built along the length of the road. The name was changed to Ashdene in 1881 by the then owner, the Reverend R. D. Buttermer. In 1929 the house was converted into a children’s home and between the years 1946 and 1973 it became a Dr. Barnardo’s Home for Boys. In 1973 it reverted to a children’s home and was demolished some time after 1975.


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