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Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Kenwood: structural changes - 1995.

For those interested in the structural changes which took place during the mid-90s at Kenwood, this is about as full an account as exists, at least as far as the ground floor goes. You can click on it and zoom in for a better look, should ye so desire.
The old part of the house was left pretty much intact, with an external door put into the den, and the other side of the fireplace knocked through in the living room.
However, the section of the house that John had been responsible for building was obliterated. The labelling on the plan runs as follows:
G4 - the new sunroom, or garden room, or whatever you want to call it.
G14 - formerly the kitchen in John's time, this became an internal hallway - note the entrance to the old Lennon sunroom was bricked up.
G12 - again, formerly the upper level of the kitchen, this bit was turned into a "family room", in the coinage of the estate agency.
G5 - this area used to contain the internal yard, boiler room, storage rooms etc. That was all smashed up to make way for the new kitchen.
G6 - previously the large garage, this was expanded a bit to make a games room, and the underfloor section, open air in John's time, was used to create a basement room, also on the above plan.
So, there you have it, whether you want it or not. (And it's as well to remember that Kenwood is a house, not a museum.)
Thanks to Eric Nernie for sending the plan.


  1. It's rather confusing. Good to see despite. Do you have the first floor?

  2. No, I don't. The dotted lines represent the old walls - which more or less correspond to the Lennon-era house.