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Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Kenwood: summer, 1968 - part 7.

Cathy then walked up the north perimeter steps, which took her out at the side of the garage, overlooking the swimming pool. She got the above shot through a gap in the woodwork. As she says:"The two little heads that can just be seen through the fence are Julian and a "little girl from down the hill". The photo was taken from the car port."
I would never have spotted the "two little heads", but there they are. You can also just make out part of the "Psychedelic Eye" on the wall of the swimming pool itself.
I'd never noticed before, but some of the plans on these pages show an area of concrete to the side of the garage. Cars were one of John's big extravagances during the '60s, so this area was likely used to park any that wouldn't fit in the main garage.
You can just see the spot, from where the above photo was taken, to the left of the garage in the black and white pic below:

Once again, many thanks go to Cathy and Lizzie. Next up, the front gate, drive and some more views of the house.


  1. Absolutely amazing!! What an intimate, privileged view Cathy's pics have given us of Lennon era Kenwood! Thank you sooooo much Cathy!

  2. I have REALLY enjoyed Cathy's photos. They are very interesting and insightful. I would like to thank both Cathy and Lizzie for sharing them with us. I am very thankful for these ladies for bringing joy into my day!

  3. I'm not sure I can make out The Eye—wasn't it on the bottom of the pool?

  4. No, it was on that wall that you can see there. I think John's original idea was to have a mirrored bottom to the pool; he was disuaded from this on the grounds that it would be dangerous/insane. Instead, he designed the Eye mural, current whereabouts, I think, unknown. (Last I heard it was on display somewhere in Liverpool. Anyone know if it's still there?)

  5. By "wall", I mean that end of the pool, or side of the pool. I'm sure there is a good way of putting it. But this isn't it.

  6. Is there an outdoor spacer under the garage?