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Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Kenwood: sunroom receipt - 9 February, 1965.


The last bit of the sunroom puzzle - final proof that it was indeed commissioned by John. Gerry tells me that his father's firm built sunrooms of various descriptions all over the Home Counties during this period. Once again, many thanks to him for the information.

12 comments:

  1. hmmm, looks like it was called a Sun Cabin, and not a Sun Room. I prefer Sun Room personally. Which songs did John Lennon write in this Sunroom?

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  2. I thought the Sunroom was part of the house when John Lennon had it refurbished? Where is it now?

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  3. Well, as this proves, it was John who had it built as part of the general refurbishment. It didn't exist before, as the earlier plans elsewhere on the blog show. The Lennon sunroom existed, as far as I know, up until the mid-1980s, when it was altered with the addition of a new roof and a proper fireplace/chimney etc. This structure was completely demolished around 10 years later to make way for the current sunroom, which has no physical connection with the Lennon one. The Lennon one is, presumably, currently in pieces on a landfill somewhere in the south of England. As to what songs were written in the sunroom - hard to say, but almost certainly I Am The Walrus, probably A Day In The Life, and, potentially, bits of any others composed at Kenwood between 1965 and 1968. Across The Universe is another one, as John specifically remembered writing it "downstairs" in the last PlayBoy interview. John either wrote downstairs in the sunroom, or upstairs in the attic studio when at Kenwood.

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  4. Is that Lennon's signature on it? Or a note from the contractor that the property is Lennon's?

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  5. The receipt is like the purchase of a flight bound for outer space. It might as well say, '1 8x4 Space Rocket, £300'.

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  6. John was a special guy, and he had good taste. The Sunroom looked liked a good idea, it was economical anyway, better than wasting energy in the whole house. Better to use one room, and a biodegradable one at that. He was advanced, even with his ecological issues.
    Give Peace a Chance

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  7. That's John's signature on it. To be honest, I doubt he was thinking about ecological issues when he had it built - it was just his custom to inhabit the small room off the kitchen. He often said that he wondered what he was doing with such a big house, when most of it remained unused for most of the time.

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  8. The Sunroom was like a Space Rocket, Lennon spent much of time in there tripping, and getting high..his mind was in outer space - across the universe!
    Love the evidence that Lennon had the Sunroom commissioned and purchased it!

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  9. 8x4 really????Looks about 18x 12 maybe...

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  10. I would have to agree with that theory - he had the big ivory piece on the shelf at the time.

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  11. "Here Comes the Suuuunnn... Cabin."

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