Sunday, 8 May 2011

Old Conduit House

Isn't this house amazing? It's in Lyndhurst Terrace, near Pax Lodge. We walked past it a couple of times and wondered about it as it looks almost church-like and yet it's name is "Old Conduit House" which you might be able to see written next to the archway entrance. So I had a quick search on the internet and here's some details:

Built in 1864 to the designs of John Burlison, who was chief assistant to Sir George Gilbert Scott (the architect of St. Pancras railway station and the Albert Memorial, amongst many other fine buildings). The windows were designed by Alfred Bell, one of the pre-eminent makers of stained glass at that time and Burlison’s son-in-law. The house was originally built for both families, with an interconnecting internal door, but after Burlison died in 1868, the Bell family took over the whole building and Alfred, with another Gilbert Scott pupil, Charles Buckeridge, created the extraordinary gothic interiors. Bell died in 1895, when the house was divided into two again and Number 1 Lyndhurst Terrace was re-named Old Conduit House, after the nearby Shepherd’s Well.

I would love to see inside. It even has a consecrated chapel on the top floor.

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