30 May '13, 2pm

Did you know that these little lodges around Londons parks are called Prince of Wales lodges

Posted by David Styles on 30 May 2013 | 0 Comments This little gem of a building which you might have passed without noticing is in fact two little buildings - The Prince of Wales Lodges which sit either side of the gate they take their name from and which is used by cabbies as a cut through to Ennismore Gardens when exiting Hyde Park. Lodges or gatehouses were popular with the Georgian nobility as they served two purposes. They housed the gatekeeper whose function was to protect residents of the main house from unwanted guests. The other more subtle function was to show off what could be seen if you were granted access to the main house, for many gatehouses were designed as smaller versions of the mansion hidden from view. The two lodges at Prince of Wales Gate just served as gatehouses to Hyde Park. The West Lodge designed by Decimus Burton was built in 1846 one of many ...

Full article: http://www.radiotaxis.co.uk/prince-of-wales-lodges/

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