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d'Oyly Carte Island map

The Gravel Pit

The Gravel Pit exists as described.

Gravel deposits are a common geological feature, occurring as a result of the weathering and erosion of rocks. The action of water; rivers and waves tends to pile up gravel in large accumulations. The gravel is extracted and used for building and road works. When the pit is deemed expired it is filled, often with compatible rubbish making the filled area unsuitable for building.

gravel pit

Suzie planned the race-track over the filled area. The museum was built on land which was not filled. Different land uses have differing approval requirements Suzie cleverly manipulated these planning loopholes.






d'Oyly Carte Island

The Island

Built by Mr D’Oyly Carte with the intention of it being the annexe to his more famous central London Savoy Hotel.

Richard D’Oyly Carte  brought together the dramatist W. S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan  he nurtured their collaboration on a series of thirteen Savoy operas. He founded the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and built the state-of-the-art Savoy Theatre to host the Gilbert and Sullivan operas. He is the father of English Comic Opera.

Eyot House which occupies the centre of the island was built circa 1890.

Late Victorian in build, this Arts and Crafts influenced property has thirteen bedrooms, six bathrooms, five reception rooms, over 10,000 sqft of space and comes complete with a 39′ by 20′ ballroom.

d'Oyly Carte Island map

The real estate agent who was selling the property, described it thus:

The river views are beautiful and include both Shepperton to the north, Weybridge to the south and Lock Island and Desborough Island to the East and West respectively. At almost two acres the island has been left in a semi-wild state with keen arborists paying note to the now mature trees originally planted by Kew Gardens. For those fanatical about the river the peripheral moorings on the island, boat slip, private secure footbridge and a ¾ acre car park with boathouse means there is already an established business in place. To describe this as an island steeped in history would be a slight; this is where Gilbert & Sullivan and the Doyley Carte Operatic company rehearsed their many comic operettas and spent their time when they were not performing.
Located just off the Walton Lane in Weybridge it is only 0.6 miles from the High Streets shops, bars and restaurants and 1.7 miles from Weybridge mainline train station.