Rangers House is a medium-sized red brick Georgian mansion in the Palladian style, adjacent to Greenwich Park in the south east of London. It is situated in Blackheath and backs directly onto Greenwich Park, there is currently a rose garden behind it. Since 2002 it has housed the Wernher Collection of art, the house dating from c.1700, was originally built by Capt. Vice-Admiral Francis Hosier, on wasteland adjacent to Greenwich park. The House had a view and easy access to London by road. Admiral Hosier occupied the house from 1700–1727 and he had made his fortune through trade at sea and both the ship he served on as a lieutenant and his own ship were called the Neptune. Hosier died of fever at sea in 1727, during the disastrous Blockade of Porto Bello off Panama. In 1748 the lease of the house was inherited by the 4th Earl of Chesterfield and he was a politician, man of letters and wit who eventually became Secretary of State. He added the splendid bow windowed gallery for entertaining and displaying his art treasures, Chesterfield wrote that the view from the gallery gave him three different, and the finest, prospects in the world.
In 1782, the purchaser was Richard Hulse, 2nd son of Sir Edward Hulse, 1st Bt. physician to George II. He was High Sheriff of Kent in 1768 and a JP and he held the office of Deputy Governor of the Hudsons Bay Company between 1799 and 1805. He lived at sometime at Baldwins and died unmarried without progeny, Hulse added a room with a bow window on the north side to balance Chesterfields gallery and this is how the house appears today. The house was passed to the Crown and in the early 19th century became the residence of Princess Sophia Mathilda of Gloucester. It was first used as the residence of the Ranger of Greenwich Park in 1816. The first Ranger of the park was Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, at first, the Rangers resided at the Queens House, Greenwich. At the invitation of the Queen, Field Marshal Lord Wolseley and his family moved from their home at 6 Hill Street. The London County Council acquired the house in 1897, and restored it, two blue plaques were erected by the London County Council in 1937 to commemorate Wolseley and Chesterfield at the house.
In the 20th century it became a sports and social club and was used to display collections of musical instruments. The Wernher Collection was assembled by the German-born diamond magnate Sir Julius Wernher in the late 19th, Wernher lived at Bath House in Piccadilly and Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire
English Heritage is a registered charity that manages the National Heritage Collection. This comprises over 400 of Englands historic buildings and sites spanning more than 5,000 years of history, within its portfolio are Stonehenge, Dover Castle, Tintagel Castle and the best preserved parts of Hadrians Wall. English Heritage manages the London Blue Plaques scheme, which links influential historical figures to particular buildings and it was created to combine the roles of existing bodies that had emerged from a long period of state involvement in heritage protection. The British government gave the new charity an £80 million grant to establish it as an independent trust. Over the centuries, what is now called Heritage has been the responsibility of a series of state departments. There was the Kings Works after the Norman Conquest, the Office of Works, the Office of Woods, Land Revenues and Works, and the Ministry of Works. Responsibility subsequently transferred to the Ministry of Public Building and Works to the Department of the Environment and now the Department for Culture, the states legal responsibility for the historic environment goes back to the Ancient Monuments Protection Act 1882.
Central government subsequently developed several systems of protection for different types of assets, introducing listing for buildings after WW2. The Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission was formed under the terms of the National Heritage Act 1983 on 1 April 1984, soon after, the commission gained the operating name of English Heritage by its first Chairman, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. A national register of parks and gardens, was set up in 1984. Registration is a consideration in the planning process. In 2010–2011 it recorded 4.3 million unique online user sessions, in 2012 the section responsible for archive collections was renamed the English Heritage Archive. As a result of the National Heritage Act 2002, English Heritage acquired administrative responsibility for historic wrecks, the administration of the listed building system was transferred from DCMS to English Heritage in 2006. It was retained on grounds of performing a function which should remain independent from Government.
However the department suffered from budget cuts during the recession of the 2010s resulting in a deficit of £100 million. In June 2013 the British Government announced plans to provide an £80 million grant to enable English Heritage to become a self-financing charity, the national portfolio of historic properties remain in public ownership, but the new English Heritage will be licensed to manage them. The change occurred on 1 April 2015 with the planning and heritage protection functions remaining an independent, non-departmental public body. The new trust has a licence to operate the properties until 2023, English Heritage is the guardian of over 400 sites and monuments, the most famous of which include Stonehenge, Iron Bridge and Dover Castle
Harmondsworth Great Barn
Harmondsworth Great Barn is a medieval barn on the former Manor Farm in the village of Harmondsworth, in the London Borough of Hillingdon, England. It is north-west of fields and the A4 next to Heathrow Airport, built in the early 15th century by Winchester College, it is the largest timber-framed building in England and is regarded as an outstanding example of medieval carpentry. It was described by the English poet John Betjeman as the Cathedral of Middlesex, a similar though smaller barn is part of the Manor Farm complex in Ruislip. The barn was briefly in royal ownership but passed into the hands of three families who continued to use it for agricultural purposes until as late as the 1970s and it was subsequently owned by a property development company which redeveloped the farm complex. After the company went bankrupt in 2006, the barn was bought by property speculators betting on its value if the nearby Heathrow Airport was expanded. The barn fell into disrepair and was closed to the public for all, English Heritage stepped in, using a rare legal procedure to carry out repairs without the owners consent, and eventually purchased the barn in January 2012.
It is now open to the public from April to October on the second, the barn measures 58.55 metres long,11.3 metres wide, and 11.9 metres high, with twelve bays, running in a north–south direction. It occupies a footprint of about 661 square metres and has a volume of about 4,890 cubic metres. There are three doors on the east side to permit the entry of wagons, the exterior of the barn is weatherboarded, with a hipped tiled roof. It was originally a larger structure, with two wings, but the north wing was dismantled in 1774 and rebuilt in the now-demolished hamlet of Heathrow. The vast majority of the structure is original, it has been estimated that 95 per cent of the timbers. It is an example of a late medieval aisled barn and is the largest timber-framed building in England. Barns of this type were based on a frame, with two rows of posts connected by arcade plates. Because such barns tend to be long and high, they experience high structural loads from the wind. They therefore have numerous internal braces, acting in much the way as buttresses.
This gives the barn its distinctive appearance, with a lattice of beams. The techniques used in its construction are similar to those employed on the cathedrals being built at the time. The barns main posts are made of oak, each is about 14 inches square and sits on a block of Reigate sandstone, a common building material in medieval London
Apsley House, known as Number One, London, is the London townhouse of the Dukes of Wellington. It stands alone at Hyde Park Corner, on the south-east corner of Hyde Park and it is a Grade I listed building. It is sometimes referred to as the Wellington Museum, the house is now run by English Heritage and is open to the public as a museum and art gallery, exhibiting 83 paintings from the Spanish royal collection. The 9th Duke of Wellington retains the use of part of the buildings and it is perhaps the only preserved example of an English aristocratic town house from its period. The practice has been to maintain the rooms as far as possible in the original style and it contains the 1st Dukes collection of paintings, the silver centrepiece made for the Duke in Portugal, c. It was set up for a time in the Louvre and was bought by the Government for Wellington in 1816, Apsley House stands at the site of an old lodge that belonged to the crown. During the Interregnum newer buildings were erected between what is now Old Regent Street and Hyde Park Corner, in the 1600s after the Restoration they were leased by James Hamilton and renewed by Elizabeth his widow in 1692 on a 99-year lease.
Immediately before Apsley House was built the site was occupied by a called the Hercules Pillars. The house was built in red brick by Robert Adam between 1771 and 1778 for Lord Apsley, the Lord Chancellor, who gave the house its name. Some Adam interiors survive, the semi-circular Staircase, the Drawing Room with its end. The house was given the nickname of Number One, London. It was originally part of a line of great houses on Piccadilly, demolished to widen Park Lane, its official address remains 149 Piccadilly. The second phase, started after Wellington had become Prime Minister in 1828, included a new staircase, the red-brick exterior was clad in Bath stone, and a pedimented portico added. Wyatts original estimate for the work was £23,000, the Waterloo Gallery is, of course, named after the Dukes famous victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. A special banquet is still served annually to celebrate the date –18 June 1815, the Dukes equestrian statue can be seen across the busy road and watchful, the plinth guarded at each corner by an infantryman.
This statue was cast from guns captured at the battle, the family apartments are now on the north side of the house, concentrated on the second floor. The notable collection of 200 paintings includes 83 paintings which were acquired by the first Duke after the Battle of Vitoria, in 1813, in nowadays Vitoria-Gasteiz. The paintings were in Joseph Bonapartes baggage train and were part of what was called the biggest loot in history, Lord Maryborough, brother of the duke, catalogued 165 of the finest paintings to have arrived to the duke of Wellingtons residence from Vitoria-Gasteiz
Down House is the former home of the English naturalist Charles Darwin and his family. It was in house and garden that Darwin worked on his theories of evolution by natural selection which he had conceived in London before moving to Down. The house stands in Luxted Road 0.25 miles south of Downe, a village 14.25 miles south east of Londons Charing Cross, which was still known as Down when he moved there in 1842. In Darwins day, Downe was a parish in Kent, it came under Bromley Rural District. The house and grounds are in the guardianship of English Heritage, have restored and are open to the public. In 1651 Thomas Manning sold a parcel of land including most of the current property to John Know the elder, from a Kentish yeoman family, for £345. In 1653 John Know gave the house to his son Roger, probably as a wedding present, in 1751 Leonard Bartholomew sold the uninhabited house on to Charles Hayes of Hatton Garden. The property was acquired by the businessman and landowner George Butler in 1778, around this time it was apparently called the Great House.
After Butler died in 1783 the property changed hands several times, John Johnson, C. B. colonel of engineers in the Hon. In 1837 Johnson migrated to Lake Erie near Dunville in Upper Canada, and passed what was now called Down House on to the incumbent parson of the parish, the house was re-roofed and brought into good order under the supervision of Edward Cresy, an architect who lived nearby. Around 1840 Drummond left the property vacant and put it up for auction and Emma sought somewhere about 20 miles from London with railway access, such as Windsor and came close to buying one near Chobham, Surrey. On Friday 22 July 1842, Charles and Emma visited Down House, though there were plenty of trains on the 10 miles line from London to the nearest station, from there it was a long and hilly 8.5 miles drive to Downe. The small quiet village was away from roads, and though local scenery was beautiful on a good day. The charm of the place to me is that almost every field is intersected by one or more foot-paths— I never saw so many walks in any other country.
Darwin believed that the price was about £2,200 and he could lease it for one year to try it out. On the Saturday the weather changed, and she was so delighted with the scenery for the first few miles from Down, the house had obvious faults, but they were both weary of house-hunting, and it was cheap. With advice from the architect and surveyor Edward Cresy, Darwin opened negotiations, Cresy suggested a bid of £2,100, but Darwin remembered an unsuccessful earlier attempt at purchase, and made an offer of about £2,200 which was accepted. At the end of August they were almost ready to move, Darwin made extensive alterations to the house and grounds
Kenwood House is a former stately home, in Hampstead, London, on the northern boundary of Hampstead Heath. It served as a seat for the aristocratic Murray and Guinness families and had various tenants before it was left to the nation under the care of English Heritage, the original house dates from the early 17th century when it was known as Caen Wood House. The orangery was added in about 1700, in 1754 it was bought by William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield. He commissioned Robert Adam to remodel it from 1764–1779, Adam added the library to balance the orangery, and added the Ionic portico at the entrance. In 1793-6 George Saunders added two wings on the side, and the offices and kitchen buildings and brewery to the side. The 2nd Earl and Countess of Mansfield added a dairy to supply Kenwood House with milk, after two years of negotiations, the 6th Earl of Mansfield leased the house to the exiled Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia and his wife Countess Sophie of Merenberg in 1910. The furnishings had already sold by then, but some furniture has since been bought back.
The paintings are from Iveaghs collection, part of the grounds were bought by the Kenwood Preservation Council in 1922, after there had been threats that it would be sold for building. In the late 1990s the house received approximately 150,000 visitors a year, there is a new garden by Arabella Lennox-Boyd. One third of the estate is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and these are home to many birds and insects and the largest Pipistrelle bat roost in London. There are sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Eugène Dodeigne in the gardens near the house, in February 2007, English Heritage decided to abandon these concerts owing to restrictions placed on them after protests from some local residents. On 19 March 2008, it was announced that the concerts would return to a new location on the Pasture Ground within the Kenwood Estate, the house was closed for major renovations from 2012 until late 2013. The house was the subject of a Margaret Calkin James poster in the 1930s, the 1999 British feature film Notting Hill had a scene filmed here.
Many scenes in the 2013 film Belle, in which William Murray figures as a character, are set in the house or its grounds, a scene from the 2016 novel Swing Time by Zadie Smith is set on the grounds of the estate. Others were not part of the Iveagh Bequest but were added to the collection after his death because of a connection with Kenwood House, there is a collection of shoe buckles and portrait miniatures. The exhibit opened 6 June 2013 in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Arkansas Arts Center, the Buildings of England London 4, North. English Heritage website for the house Staff
Eltham Palace is a large house in Eltham, within the Royal Borough of Greenwich, in south-east London, England. It is a royal residence and owned by the Crown Estate. In 1995 its management was handed over to English Heritage which restored the building in 1999 and it has been said the internally Art Deco house is a masterpiece of modern design. The original palace was given to Edward II in 1305 by the Bishop of Durham, Anthony Bek, according to one account the incident which inspired Edward IIIs foundation of the Order of the Garter took place here. There is still a jousting tilt yard, for there all the royal children were being educated, Arthur alone excepted, the eldest son. When we came to the hall, all the retinue was assembled, not only that of the palace, in the midst stood Henry, aged nine, already with certain royal demeanour, I mean a dignity of mind combined with a remarkable courtesy…. More with his companion Arnold saluted Henry and presented to him something in writing, I, who was expecting nothing of the sort, had nothing to offer, but I promised that somehow, at some other time, I would show my duty towards him.
At the time I was slightly indignant with More for having given me no warning, especially because the boy, during dinner, sent me a note inviting something from my pen. I went home, and though the Muses, from whom I had lived apart so long, were unwilling, tudor courts often used the palace for their Christmas celebrations. The deer remained plentiful in the Great Park, of 596 acres, the Little, or Middle Park, of 333 acres, and the Home Park, or Lee Park, of 336 acres. In the 1630s, by time the palace was no longer used by the royal family. During the English Civil War, the parks were denuded of trees, john Evelyn saw it 22 April 1656, Went to see his Majestys house at Eltham, both the palace and chapel in miserable ruins, the noble wood and park destroyed by Rich the rebel. The current house was built in the 1930s on the site of the original, and incorporates its Great Hall, fragments of the walls of other buildings remain visible around the gardens, and the 15th-century bridge still crosses the moat.
In 1933, Stephen Courtauld and his wife Virginia Courtauld acquired the lease of the site and restored the Great Hall while building an elaborate home. The dramatic Entrance Hall was created by the Swedish designer Rolf Engströmer, light floods in from a spectacular glazed dome, highlighting blackbean veneer and figurative marquetry. Keen gardeners, the Courtaulds substantially modified and improved the grounds, Stephen was a younger brother of Samuel Courtauld, an industrialist, art collector and founder of the Courtauld Institute of Art. The Courtaulds pet lemur, Mah-Jongg, had a room on the upper floor of the house which had a hatch to the downstairs flower room. The Courtaulds remained at Eltham until 1944, during the earlier part of the war, Stephen Courtauld was a member of the local Civil Defence service
For the former royal palace at Winchester, see the Kings House, Winchester. Winchester Palace was a 12th-century palace which served as the London townhouse of the Bishops of Winchester and it was located on the south bank of the River Thames in what is now the London Borough of Southwark, near the medieval priory which became Southwark Cathedral. Remains of the palace survive on the site today. Southwark in the county of Surrey was formerly the largest manor in the Diocese of Winchester and he was a great power in the land, and traditionally served as the kings royal treasurer, performing the function of the modern Chancellor of the Exchequer. He thus frequently needed to attend the king both at his court in Westminster, at the Tower of London and was required to attend Parliament with other bishops, the city of Winchester had been the capital of the Saxon kings of England. For that purpose, Henry of Blois built the palace as his comfortable, most of the other English bishops similarly had episcopal palaces in London, most notably Lambeth Palace, residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The palace remained in use until the 17th century, when it was divided into tenements and warehouses, part of the great hall, and the west gable end with its rose window became more visible after a 19th-century fire and 20th-century redevelopment. It is believed that the hall was built in about 1136. The hall was enlarged and the rose window built in the 14th century, below the hall was a richly decorated vaulted cellar with direct access to a wharf on the River Thames for bringing in supplies. Royal visitors were entertained at the palace, including King James I of Scotland on his wedding to Joan Beaufort in 1424, the palace was arranged around two courtyards. Other buildings within the site included a prison, a brewery, the palace environs comprised a garden, a tennis court and a bowling alley. Associated with the palace was the Liberty of the Clink which lay on the bank of the River Thames. It therefore became an area where activities which were suppressed in the City could flourish openly, thus gaming houses, bowling alleys and brothels abounded.
It took its name from the notorious Clink prison which lay within the Liberty, the Bishops of Winchester received rents from the numerous brothels, leading to the local prostitutes being known as Winchester geese. The remains of Winchester Palace are listed as a Scheduled Monument and are managed by English Heritage, archaeology of Winchester Palace History and information, English Heritage
The Jewel Tower is a 14th-century surviving element of the royal Palace of Westminster, in London, England. It was built between 1365 and 1366, under the direction of William of Sleaford and Henry de Yevele, the tower, a three-storey, crenellated stone building, occupied a secluded part of the palace and was protected by a moat linked to the River Thames. The ground floor featured elaborate carved vaulting, described by historian Jeremy Ashbee as an architectural masterpiece, the tower continued to be used for storing the monarchs treasure and personal possessions until 1512, when a fire in the palace caused Henry VIII to relocate his court to Whitehall. In 1834, the tower was one of four buildings to survive a terrible fire in Westminster. The Jewel Tower was taken over by the newly formed Standard Weights and Measures Department in 1869, the rising levels of London traffic made the tower increasingly unsuitable for this work, and by 1938 the department had abandoned it in favour of other facilities.
In the 21st century, the Jewel Tower is managed by English Heritage, the Jewel Tower was built within the Palace of Westminster between 1365 and 1366, on the instructions of King Edward III, to hold his personal treasure. English monarchs during this period used their personal jewels and plate as a substitute for cash, drawing on them to fund their military campaigns, or giving them as symbolic political gifts. Edward accumulated what historian Jenny Stratford has described as a vast store of jewels and plate, Edward had managed this last category of personal treasure through an organisation called the Privy Wardrobe. The Privy Wardrobe was initially based in the Tower of London in Edwards reign and this probably encouraged the King to decide to build a new tower in Westminster to host a separate branch of the Privy Wardrobe specifically to manage his personal jewels and plate. In practice, this branch managed the clothes and similar goods belonging to the royal household – effectively, hugh Herland was taken on as the chief carpenter for both projects.
The payments for the project were recorded on a 8-foot-6-inch long parchment roll, timber was brought from Surrey, red floor tiles from Flanders and 97 square feet of glass purchased for the Jewel Tower alone. A contractor was employed to fix iron grilles to the windows, and 18 locks were purchased to secure the various doors. A main workforce of 19 stonemasons, up to 10 carpenters and other specialised tradesmen worked on the site, and in July 1366, a team of 23 labourers dug out the new moat over the course of a month. The tower was constructed in the secluded south-west corner of the Palace of Westminster, overlooking the Kings garden in the Privy Palace, the most private part of Westminster. The tower was positioned so as not to encroach on the existing palace and it took six years for the Abbey to convince the King to agree to compensate for them for this annexation. The tower was linked to the walls of the palace, and further secured by its moat. The top of its walls were crenelated, and in order to prevent potential intruders there were no windows on the outside of the tower at the floor level.
The keeper would have worked from the first floor, and Edwards treasure itself was kept on the second floor, in locked chests
Abbey Road, London
Abbey Road is a thoroughfare in the borough of Camden and the City of Westminster in London, running roughly northwest to southeast through St. Johns Wood, near Lords Cricket Ground. It is part of the B507 road and this road is best known for the Abbey Road Studios and the 1969 album, Abbey Road, by The Beatles. The north-western end of Abbey Road begins in Kilburn, at the junction with Quex Road, the road was once a track leading to Kilburn Priory and its associated Abbey Farm, and was developed in the early 19th century. It continues south-east for roughly a mile, crossing Belsize Road, Boundary Road, the Abbey National Building Society was founded in 1874 as The Abbey Road & St Johns Wood Permanent Benefit Building Society in a Baptist church on Abbey Road. EMIs Abbey Road Studios are located at the end, at 3 Abbey Road. The Beatles and many other popular music performers have recorded at this studio. The albums cover shows the four group members walking across the zebra crossing just outside the studio entrance.
As a result of its association with The Beatles, since 1969 this part of Abbey Road has been featured on the London tourism circuit, in December 2010 the crossing was given Grade II Listed Building status by English Heritage despite its age not being contemporary to that era. The iconic Beatles album cover has been parodied many times over the years on the crossing, the council repaints the wall next to the zebra crossing every three months to cover fans graffiti. Abbey Road is a ward of the City of Westminster, at the 2011 Census this ward had a population of 11,250. Abbey Road London, QuickTime VR Abbey Road webcam Satellite View of Crosswalk / Zebra crossing Google Street View of Crosswalk / Zebra crossing
Chiswick House is a Palladian villa in Burlington Lane, west London. Arguably the finest remaining example of Neo-Palladian architecture in London, the house was designed by Lord Burlington, the house and gardens occupy 26.33 hectares, and were created mainly by architect and landscape designer William Kent, respectively. The garden is one of the earliest examples of the English landscape garden, after Williams death in 1764, the villa passed to his and Charlottes orphaned young son, William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire. Tory Prime Minister George Canning died there, in 1827, during the 19th century the house fell into decline, and was rented out by the Cavendish family. It was used as an asylum, the Chiswick Asylum from 1892, in 1929, the 9th Duke of Devonshire sold Chiswick House to Middlesex County Council, and it became a fire station. The villa suffered damage during World War II, and in 1944 a V-2 rocket damaged one of the two wings, the wings were demolished in 1956. Today the house is a Grade I listed building, and is maintained by English Heritage, the original Chiswick House was a Jacobean house owned by Sir Edward Wardour, and possibly built by his father.
It is dated c.1610 in a late 17th century engraving of the Chiswick House estate by Jan Kip and Leonard Knyff, Wardour sold the house to Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset in 1624. The house was large, in the 1664 Hearth Tax documents it is recorded as having 33 fireplaces. The house was at the end of the Royalist line in the Battle of Turnham Green. The house was purchased by Charles Boyle, 3rd Viscount Dungarvan in 1682, the Jacobean house was used by the Boyle family as a summer retreat from their central London home, Burlington House. After a fire in 1725, Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, head of the family, during his trip to Italy in 1719, Burlington had acquired a passion for Palladian architecture. He had not closely inspected Roman ruins or made detailed drawings on the sites in Italy, he relied on Palladio, another source of his inspiration were drawings he collected, including those of Palladio himself, which had belonged to Inigo Jones and his pupil John Webb. Burlington, himself an amateur architect and Apollo of the Arts, designed the villa with the aid of William Kent.
Construction of the villa took place between 1726 and 1729, after Burlingtons death in 1753, his wife, Lady Dorothy Savile, and daughter, who had married William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire in 1748, inherited the house. Charlotte died in December 1754, and Lady Burlington died in September 1758, after the death of Lady Burlington in 1758, the villa and gardens passed to the Cavendish family. William Cavendish died in 1764, leaving the property to his son William, in 1774, William married Lady Georgiana Spencer, the Duchess of Devonshire, who enjoyed spending time at Chiswick which she referred to as her earthly paradise. She regularly invited members of the Whig party to the house for tea parties in the garden, in 1788 the Cavendish family demolished the Jacobean house and hired architect John White to add two wings to the villa to increase the amount of accommodation
Marble Hill House
Marble Hill House is a Palladian villa built between 1724 and 1729 in Twickenham in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The compact design soon became famous and furnished a model for the Georgian English villa. Villa Cornaro served as a model for plantation houses in the American colonies, examples being Drayton Hall in Charleston, South Carolina and it was in other respects an adaptation of a more expansive design by Colen Campbell. It is set in 66 acres of parkland known as Marble Hill Park, the Great Room contains lavishly gilded decoration and five capricci paintings by Giovanni Paolo Pannini. Marble Hill House contains a collection of early Georgian furniture. Both Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift spent many hours at Marble Hill as Henrietta Howards guests. Shortly after its building the architecture of Marble Hill House became widely known from published engravings, the house is now owned by English Heritage, which acquired it in 1986 following the abolition of the Greater London Council.
The house with its grounds are known as Marble Hill Park and provide many leisure facilities including a cricket pitch and nets, tennis courts, a putting green. Five London bus routes stop outside the gates, the 33,490, H22, R68. Another, the H37, stops nearby in St Margarets Road, the nearest station is St Margarets on the Waterloo to Reading line, a short walk to the north