The Burnt Stub
The Burnt Stub Mansion at Chessington World of Adventures has a long and fascinating history. The original mansion, which was likely called Chessington Lodge, was built in 1348 as a country house.
During the Civil War between 1642 and 1660, the mansion became a stronghold for the Royalist Cavalier forces. Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentary army eventually burned it to the ground. They rebuilt the mansion and named it The Burnt Stub. To commemorate its tumultuous past, people have retained this name to this day.
During the late 17th century, it is likely that someone repurposed the Burnt Stub site as a wayside alehouse. Serving travellers and locals alike. In the 18th or 19th century, builders rebuilt the farmstead on a larger scale. Presumably incorporating parts of the original mansion’s structure.
The Vere Barker family acquired the estate in the early 20th century. Unfortunately, the mansion was once again damaged by fire. In 1919, the family invested a large sum to restore the building to its former glory. This renovation was extensive.
Reginald Goddard, an animal enthusiast with a private collection of exotic animals, purchased the estate in 1931. He decided to open the estate to the public as Chessington Zoo, where visitors could see his animals up close. The zoo was an immediate success and soon expanded to include a circus.
Throughout the 20th century, the estate continued to evolve and expand. Eventually becoming the popular theme park known as Chessington World of Adventures. Today, the Burnt Stub Mansion remains one of the park’s most iconic buildings. With its distinctive architecture and rich history.
A walkthrough attraction known as Room On The Broom now occupies the lower floor of the mansion.