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Eagle House

In 1613 Eagle House was built by Robert Bell as a country home. Both his father and grandfather had lived in Wimbledon so he inherited the site, buying up additional land and acquiring fields and cottages in other parts of the district. He was a prosperous merchant, part of the East India Company, dealing in diverse items such as elephants' teeth and exotic spices. He also engaged in diplomacy, delivering letters from James I to the Emperor of China and the King of Japan.

On the death of his widow, there being no children, the house was sold to Sir Richard Betenson. Then in 1700 it was sold to Richard Ivatt, an alderman of London, whose family held it for three generations, modernising it and adding an extension with the fine panelled room that still remains. In 1766 the house and estate were bought by George Bond as an investment and among those who leased it was William Grenville who entertained his cousin William Pitt the Younger there on several occasions. In 1787 it became a school.

Although Eagle House has passed through many hands, most recently being the centre for an Islamic foundation, it still stands in the village as a fine example of the architecture of the time, though sadly, like the rectory, not accessible to the public.