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Saturday, 1 October 2011

Kenwood: July, 1964.


Some photos of Kenwood, in their fullest incarnation thus far, from very shortly after John bought the place in July, 1964. These are the earliest shots in circulation (though I'm certain there are preceding ones buried in someone's drawer somewhere).
Clearly there has been jiggery (not to mention pokery)(or possibly hanky)(but let us not dwell on panky) with some of these, but they remain innaresting for all that - the aforementioned lends an almost 3D quality to this one:


John, as ye must know by now, acquired Kenwood from an American woman, who had been living there with her husband up until his death. The house and grounds had apparently fallen into some disrepair, as is evident from the state of the drive:


Massive renovation ensued - but have a look at the following:


The bit arrowed is where John built his swimming pool, but at this time there was, in theory, nothing there (and no sunroom/large garage etc. either); yet there does appear to be something:


The American woman returned to the States after selling Kenwood to John. Whoever she was, I'd like a look at her photo album.
Thanks to Eric Nernie.

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