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Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Kenwood: latest views, part 1.

Joe Baiardi has sent in some more shots of the house, taken during his recent trip to England-land, and these are quite revealing as to the latest state of play. First up, the front door; no major changes to the house itself - or, at least, no further changes beyond the major ones undertaken in the mid-1990s. The comparison shots are from 1968, above and below - what is vaguely interesting (or not, as always) is the re-appearance of statues around the entrance:

The tree, evident in many fan photos, where-in a generally dishevelled John is prodded out to converse/strike a pose with ver fanz in the vicinity of his entrance (missis), is now gone, having been replaced with a younger version:

I'm pretty sure the old one was still there recently; to be fair, it may well have had to be removed. Old trees in close proximity to houses are generally a bad idea. As Sepultura might have advised. Yet, it's another bit of the auld place now gone.
So much of this blog catalogues the gradual chipping away of Kenwood over the years, that it's "nice" to be able to report a bit that appears to have survived. I hadn't noticed before, but a portion of the (dare one say it) vaguely iconic pillars from the Lennon-era remains, embedded in the extended entrance that was put in during the 90s:

More to follow, on similar themes, inevitably. Many thanks to Joe for having the chutzpah to go and take the photos, and the generousity to let the rest of us see them.

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