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Friday, 11 December 2009

Kenwood: sunroom - 2006 & 1968.

A ca.2006 photo showing the other end of the sunroom in its modern day incarnation. The current structure is slightly bigger, and certainly more substantial than the sunroom which John had built, presumably sometime in late 1964/early 1965. There doesn't seem to be any record of planning permission for John's sunroom, and it is quite likely that none was ever actually sought.
As we've seen, although the current sunroom occupies roughly the same space as the Lennon-model, it's not the same physical structure. However, the external terrace wall has survived intact:

In John's day, the internal sunroom entrance led directly into the kitchen, and the sunroom itself was probably intended to be an equivalent of the small room off the kitchen at Mendips, where John spent much of his time when at Mimi's.
The Lennon-era kitchen is long gone, of course, and the present sunroom (or garden room as the estate agent would have it) leads to an internal hallway.


  1. I think the John era wall stopped at the corner where the squiggly art sculpture sits.

  2. Wrong! Actually the original sunroom was 8x4, and was build by a garden lodge company in Tadworth. I know because my father built it in 1965. The original plans are being scanned. I will post these when I have finished. Who do I contact?

  3. Really? Great - I'd love to see them. You can contact me via:

  4. Fantastic! Ive never been so happy to be wrong! I cant wait to see.

  5. 8x4???...naah, it was bigger than that..?

  6. 8X4 METRES.
    I have sent a scan to kenwoodlennon. The dimensions as far as my father used are taken from a plan he produced in 1964. I have worked it approximately into metres, therefore 8x4 is correct, including the roof space, that we know was boarded, with one light fitting.



  7. Wonderful information thank you. So one light fixture - that would be the ceiling fixture as seen in the photo of Ringo with a fan?

  8. This absolutely fascinating. I really think that John Lennon was a dude. I think his music was so cool.