Over the gate...

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Saturday, 21 March 2009

Kenwood: video footage, 2008.

Here it is: Joe Baiardi's video of Kenwood from last year. Incredible stuff - but one thing is clear - virtually nothing is now left inside Kenwood from John's time there. Still, you get internal views of what were Julian's room, the attic recording studio, the sunroom, the drawing room and the entrance, as well as a good look at the garden and the garage. It's as close as you, or I, will likely ever get to actually visiting the place. Than you to Joe, and I must point you in the direction of his band - The Fab 5. (One last thing - don't forget to hit the HQ tab to see it in high quality).


  1. Was this during renovation? Was the place just open to anyone who cared to muck about?

  2. You'd have to ask Joe - but clearly there was major renovation going on - the place seemed to have been more or less gutted. You can't get in to St George's Hill, let alone Kenwood, without an invitation - it's gated, and there is security. I think Joe is friends with someone who lives there, and that's how he got in.

  3. Fascinating! Thanks for putting this up on youtube. Quite confusing layout, the whole place, but this adds another big piece to the puzzle that Kenwood is I`d guess.

  4. Thanks for the info! Cool blog. I love any and all Beatles minutiae, so this site hits the spot. I listened to Rubber Soul/Revolver/Pepper not too long ago under the influence and was astounded by the picture of Lennon I came away with. While Paul is living it up in London, taking rides, looking to see what he can find, John is stuck out in the country, taking tea and musing about how tired he is. Not that this is bad, mind you, just makes me wonder what his musical output would have been like had he lived in town.

  5. The house was not open to the public. The house was being renovated at the time and since I was with a St George's Hill resident, we asked permission and had the run of the place for about an hour while the contractors were at lunch. Lucky for me............