On a recent family outing, I was fortunate enough to have full access to Hanworth Park House, which is a grade II listed building in Hounslow, Greater London. The building has 2 storeys and tall basement.
Once an impressive building set as the crewel crown of Middlesex, is unfortunately now in battle between developers and the local council.
Built by Duke of St Albans as a replacement for the manor house that had served as hunting lodge for, among others, Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I which had been burnt down in 1797.The feeling standing by the walls of the building is just tremendous and overwhelming as
every corner is enriched by history.
|11 French casements to both floors opening on to balcony of the well type with cast iron balusters and with square central glazed lantern over|
It was used as a military hospital during the First World War, as a flying club between the wars, a hotel from 1936 to 1953 and an old people's home from 1953 to 1992.
The nursing home shut in 1992 and planning permission was granted in 2003 for the building to be converted into an 84-room hotel. This development never got off the ground and a further bid to open a 166-room hotel and if it is to be successful (according to plans by architect firm Upchurch Associates) will bring this abandoned building (which has been subject to green belt, heritage red tape obstacles for over the past decade) will finally have its rightful place to regain its former glory and for all to visit.
|Moss encases the gutters decoratively|
The interior of Hanworth Park House consists of simple Greek design. The photos below are a few pictures I could capture safely.
The picture below is of clock tower which was added circa 1860 on the west wing.
I hope Hanworth Park House will be able to be given the attention it deserves, as this remarkably beautifully built building would be a gem to all Londoners.