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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.


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

    1. All the original fireplaces have gone now, pretty much only original part is the oak panelling around the window.

  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?

  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.

  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!!!

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

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

  7. Holy crackers! Incredible stuff!