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Monday, 24 August 2009

Kenwood: 1913 part 3.



Another section of the original plan, showing the roof (the more eagle-eyed among you may have been able to spot that). Evidently the front attic window was there from the start. Note too the stamp in the bottom right-hand corner - final proof that Kenwood is not a Tarrant house. The precise layout and look of the attic during the Lennon-era is another mystery; in contemporary interviews, John mentioned a room that was randomly painted in different colours - according to when his various pots of paint ran out. In 1966, the Beatles Book monthly reported this: "Anyone who has visited John's home will no doubt be impressed by his music room. It is situated at the top of the house, and its decor is a multi-coloured effort by John. Amplifiers, guitars, organ, piano, juke boxes - you name it he's got it. Everything is littered all over the place". Yet the June '67 music room photos don't show multi-coloured walls. Beatles chauffeur Alf Bicknell also lived with John at Kenwood for a while in 1966, occupying a "flat" in John's house - which must have been the attic rooms, other than the music room. Plans, I fear, are lost to history. UPDATE - as it turns out, that is more bollocks. See later Ken Partridge plan related posts...

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