The Hill, Hampstead

Jeremy Dixon introduced me to the great wooden pergola in the grounds of The Hill, Hampstead in order to show the source of the carved woodwork detailing in the roof of Clifton Nursery in Little Venice.   I had no idea that lurking just behind Raymond Erith’s reconstruction of Jack Straw’s Castle is a vast Edwardian house, designed in 1895 and bought by the first Lord Leverhulme in 1904 (the previous owner moved to Streatham).   The pergola is part of the terrace designed by Thomas Mawson in 1910 and maintained for public benefit by the Corporation of London:-

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