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Monday, 9 November 2009

Kenwood House


Built sometime in the early 1600's (the exact date is not known) Kenwood House became famous when Lord Mansfield bought it in 1754 and had substantial renovations done by architect Robert Adam 1764-1779 turning it into a grand stately home.

During later years the park like gardens were developed. Three sides of which are bordered by Hampstead Heath.

Now a public Heritage II building thanks to the philanthropic Edward Guinness who bought the place in 1925 and bequeathed it to the state along with a large collection of important paintings on his death in 1927.

16 comments:

Gunn White said...

So nice to see this photo. I have been to a few concerts in the park in the summer. And I LOVE Hampstead.
i want to go back.....

Lucy Corrander said...

Visiting Kenwood was a significant part of my childhood. A Sunday afternoon treat would be to go to the Coach House there for tea. (Is it still there?) The best bit was the way sparrows flew around in the rafters while we ate our scones.

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Oh! And the gypsy caravan on the Hampstead Heath side of the gate.

Lucy

siddiq said...

peaceful location

Karine said...

Wow, it looks absolutely lovely! I bet they film a lot of movies there! Your old house posts are some of my favorites :o)

Candie Bracci said...

Really nice picture!

B SQUARED said...

Beautiful! Hope it survives for generations to come.

Ivy said...

How lovely. Since the closest I've been to England is through the Movies, I have to note that it looks like something right out of Jane Austen. I can picture Darcy riding over the ridge.

Babzy said...

Lovely little cottage ;) ;)

Asta said...

Hi Mo,

Lovely!
And beautiful contrast between the white buildings and the red/brown colours of autumn.

Best regards
Asta

marley said...

What a wonderful looking building.

Peter said...

... with a fantastic collection of especially Dutch paintings if I remember correctly, including I believe, one of the very few Vermeer. (Beerdrinking obviously brings some good!)

/t. said...

nice pic!

mo, thx 4 v&a(!)

× × ×

/t.

Hilda said...

Beautiful! And the mansion looks so grand!

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Okay now you've given me another place to visit when we come down on our day trips! Fantastic and Hampsted heath is a soooperb place to wander in.

solange said...

Stunning picture
love and light
solange

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