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  • Reason for inclusion:  Favoured candidate for Pondicherry Lodge, the home of the Sholtos.

    Accessibility: Private accommodation. The external façade is accessible at any time.

    Description: A large, standalone, Victorian property that matches the description of Pondicherry Lodge. Built of yellow brick in an Italianate style with Romanesque windows. Restored and now made into flats.

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    Pondicherry Lodge had been purchased by Major Sholto who had hidden the Agra treasure there in an upstairs attic. It is where Bartholomew Sholto was murdered, and from where Jonathan Small and Togo took the treasure. Kilravock House was built 1864-5 by Major Thomas Ross, a builder and property developer.

    Kilravock Avenue was attributed by Bernard Davies based on the journey and description of the house given by Watson. The property, now in South Norwood had once been in Upper Norwood and was an area dominated by army officers – 89 alone in the local directory in 1888-9. The lodge and 2/3 of the grounds were sold off for building in the 1930s.

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