Debenham House

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Debenham House
Debenham House is located in Greater London
Debenham House
Location of Debenham House in Greater London
Location Holland Park, West London, England
Coordinates 51°30′8.94″N 0°12′31.82″W / 51.5024833°N 0.2088389°W / 51.5024833; -0.2088389Coordinates: 51°30′8.94″N 0°12′31.82″W / 51.5024833°N 0.2088389°W / 51.5024833; -0.2088389
Built 1905-07
Architect Halsey Ricardo
Architectural style(s) Arts and Crafts
Governing body Privately owned
Listed Building – Grade I
Official name: Debenham House
Designated 15 April 1969[1]
Reference no. 1080783

Debenham House (or Peacock House) at 8 Addison Road is a large detached house in the Holland Park district of Kensington and Chelsea, W14. Built in the Arts and Crafts style by the architect Halsey Ricardo, it is a Grade I listed building.[1]


The house was designed for department store owner Ernest Ridley Debenham.[2] Debenham had previously lived in another house designed by Halsey, at 57 Melbury Road in Holland Park.[2] The house only became known as Debenham House after it was sold on Sir Ernest's death.


The interior contains tiles designed by William de Morgan, a mosaic dome painted by Gaetano Meo and ceilings painted by Ernest Gimson.[3]

Filming location[edit]

The interior were featured prominently in Iain Softley's The Wings of the Dove (1997 film).

The exterior of the house was used in the film Secret Ceremony, directed by Joseph Losey. Elizabeth Taylor's character Leonora resided at the house in the film.[4] Debenham House has also featured in the television series What the Butler Saw and Spooks.[3]

The house was also used as the filming location of Agatha Christie's Poirot Lord Edgeware Dies and Cards on the Table.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Debenham House". English Heritage list. English Heritage. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Survey of London: volume 37: Northern Kensington". British History Online. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  3. ^ a b Phillippa Bennett (1 September 2010). William Morris in the Twenty-First Century. Peter Lang. pp. 50–. ISBN 978-3-0343-0106-0. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Derek Pykett (20 July 2008). British Horror Film Locations. McFarland. pp. 105–. ISBN 978-0-7864-3329-2. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
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  • Stourton, James (2012). Great Houses of London (Hardback). London: Frances Lincoln. ISBN 978-0-7112-3366-9.