01 Jan '16, 1pm

Site Unseen: Admiral House

Every month CabbieBlog hopes to show you a little gem of a building that you might have passed without noticing, in the past they have ranged from a modernist car park ; a penguin pool ; to a Hanoverian gatehouse . Painted many times by John Constable who incidentally is buried in nearby St. John’s Churchyard Admiral House off Hampstead Grove is a building made famous by none other than Walt Disney. B uilt around 1700 its roof which resembles a ship’s quarterdeck was adapted in 1791 by the then occupant Lieutenant Fountain North who would fire a canon from his roof to celebrate naval victories or the King’s birthday. Other occupants have been Sir George Gilbert Scott, the architect of St. Pancras Station and the Houses of Parliament (he would go on to complain that Hampstead was rather too cold for his taste); and the actor Russell Crowe. Next door at Grove Lodge lived Joh...

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