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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Kenwood: 1965.


Some incredible new Kennie pics have begun to seep out, following publication of the reportedly astonishing Henry Grossman book.
So, the living room in 1965 during a visit by George and Pattie. Compare the room now, and the first thing that strikes you is that the old fireplace has also gone... but note the much lower ceiling; I reckon the old beams are possibly still up there:


First ordah o' business when the Kenwood restoration gets under-way will be to remove that new ceiling and see what's up there.
A couple more charming tableaux; this 'un:


Unt this:


What were they up to?
To the first floor, and a glimpse beyond the sliding screen in the master bedroom to the en-suite bathroom sink:


The same room now (as readahs will know, this was a bathroom for years, but is currently back to being used as the master bedroom):


I also couldn't help but notice the Lennon-era decor, and recall the fragments of wallpaper rescued by Joe Baiardi on one of his visits to Kenwood a few years back:


Many thanks to Lynn Mayes and the Cynthia Powell Lennon Yahoo Group for making these available, and to Jeannette Caserta for passing them on.

7 comments:

  1. That fireplace was still there on both my visits and must have been upgraded since.

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  2. Damn I want that book! It's just too expensive for, so thanks for posting these pics so I can at least get a glimpse. It makes me want the book even more though. Hmmm. You can survive on one kidney, can't you?

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  3. I love seeing new picture like these! I can only imagine how many more there must be out there in someone's private collocation. I hope someday they all come out and in my life time. I would love to see what Paul has hidden away.

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  4. @PlasticinePorter
    I know what you mean. I want BOTH those books. Why can't I be wealthy? :(
    These photos are fab. I love how John is wearing his Beatle boots while hanging speaker wires (or whatever) while George is wearing flops.
    BTW, how adorable is... (no not Julian) Patty!!!

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  5. George's shoes in the one where he's fixing the curtain rail! Unglaublich!!

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  6. i just loooove these photos... i NEED this book!

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  7. Holy crackers! Incredible stuff!

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