Photo of Charlton House
LocationCharlton House, Charlton SE7 8RE
Variety Nigra
Site classVeteran

North of the car park/entrance to Charlton House. by the "Summer House". Charlton House was built between 1607 and 1612, during the reign of James I for Adam newton, tutor to Prince Henry. There is a sprawling mulberry tree in the garden that is likely to date to around 1611 as there was a mulberry grove here in 17th Century as part of James's plans for a domestic silk industry. A large number of 200 year-old mulberries were sold off in 1821, which confirms the date..Lady Salisbury (Evelyn Cecil) talks of "two shattered old mulberries" at Charlton in 1907. Selected as one of fifty Great British Trees by the Tree Council in 2002.

Public transport: Charlton station

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