Richard Thornton West was a resident of "Langdon" at 45 Streatham Hill. The son of Richard Thornton William Ogle West and Margaret Thornton of the wealthy Thornton family of Clapham.
Richard Thornton West was an East India merchant who married Sarah Bowerman in 1864. They moved to Devon where they bought a large estate two and a half miles from Exeter and Streatham Hall was built. Today Streatham Hall is called Reed Hall and stands on the University's extensive Streatham campus
A Registered Botanic Garden, Streatham Campus is described by The Times as the ‘best-gardened campus in Britain’ and by The Independent as having a ‘sublime’ setting.