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Fenton House

A Grade I Listed Building in Hampstead Town, London

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Latitude: 51.5589 / 51°33'31"N

Longitude: -0.1797 / 0°10'46"W

OS Eastings: 526285

OS Northings: 186014

OS Grid: TQ262860

Mapcode National: GBR D0.FCD

Mapcode Global: VHGQR.T2WS

Entry Name: Fenton House

Listing Date: 11 August 1950

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1378648

English Heritage Legacy ID: 477982

Location: Camden, London, NW3

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Hampstead Town

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St John Hampstead

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


798-1/16/733 (West side)
11/08/50 No.3
Fenton House


Detached house. c1693 (scratched on chimney-stack);
remodelled, mostly internally, early C19 probably by PI
Fenton, a Riga merchant who bought the house in 1793 and after
whom it is named; substantial renovations, including the west
extension probably by Lady Binning c1936. Rectangular plan
with shallow wings on east facade. Brown brick with red brick
dressings and plain brick band. Hipped tiled roof with tall
brick chimney-stacks at angles, dormers (those to wings,
weatherboarded) and reconstructed wooden modillion eaves
cornice which continues around the house.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys, attic and basement. Gauged red brick flat
arches to flush framed sashes with exposed boxing. Segmental
arched basement windows with wrought-iron stay bars and
casements. Lead rainwater pipes.
East (entrance) front: fenestration 2:3:2, the central window
being blind. Central recessed bay with early C19
distyle-in-antis Roman Doric portico; early C19 doorway with
fluted surround, patterned fanlight and part-glazed door.
Blind window with circular panel, formerly holding a clock,
now inscribed "Fenton House 1963". Wings have balustraded
parapets above cornice.
South (garden) front: fenestration 1/2:3:1 1/2. Slightly
projecting central bay with modillion pediment. Central
doorway with fluted Doric pilasters carrying entablature and
pediment; part glazed door.
West front: C20 projecting 2 storey, 1 window brick bay. Parts
of the upper floor cemented over.
North front: 5 windows with central tall staircase window. C20
basement doorway.
INTERIOR: good internal features including original staircases
with twisted balusters, main rooms having original panelling,
corner cupboards and good marble fireplaces.
HISTORICAL NOTE: formerly known as Ostend House (early C18)
and Clock House (later C18), Fenton House was left to the
National Trust by Lady Binning in 1952 together with a
collection of porcelain. It now also houses a collection of
C17 & C18 harpsichords and spinets.
(RCHME: London, Vol. II, West London: London: -1925: 40).

Listing NGR: TQ2632185956

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