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Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Kenwood (& Kinfauns): November, 1964.

This is the earliest picture of Kenwood to surface thus far - from around 4 months after John bought it. At this point there was no sunroom, and John, Cyn and Julian were all living in the attic, then still unconverted from its original layout (see Partidge plan). It's probably safe to assume that if any earlier pics come along in the future, they will be from before John's time there; and such may not even exist.
Here's the article from where the above pic came: 16 Magazine, and a straight syndication of the Chris Hutchins NME piece already featured on these pages a while back...except there's more of this, as he then goes to visit George at Kinfauns:

...which is where these pics originally came from. So they too can now be dated as November, 1964:

...or not. See comments.


  1. "I realise that this place is a good financial investment, and I may sell it later"

    George was still 'living in the material world' in those days, counting his pennies and thinking about tax. Once he got religion, he became more spiritual and - I think - even offered Kinfauns to Pete Shotten.

  2. In the interests of...interest, the following interesting email has been received. It seems these pics aren't quite as early as it seemed...but still pretty, pretty early:
    "The same photo of Kenwood was first published in London's Daily Herald on Wednesday, July 15, 1964 with an article about the Lennon's purchase of the property. A photo from the set of George posing outside his recently acquired home, Kinfauns, was first published in a London newspaper on July 18, 1964. So the Kenwood house photo and photos of George at Kinfauns predate their newspaper publication date by one day or more. The article you posted from 16 Magazine is from the April 1965 issue which was on sale in February 1965.The photo of John & Cynthia Lennon from the 16 Magazine article was taken February 22, 1964 during their flight with the Beatles back to London from Miami. Hope this is helpful! I love your blog!" Thanks to Lynn.

  3. If you said the photos were from Nov 64, and the newspaper article was from July 64, why are they not as early as you thought? Aren't they even earlier? Confused...

    But what a great blog (as I've said many times)

  4. Amazing find. I am intrigued by the closing para, "private homes of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr". This would be before Cav Ave and Sunny Heights right?