Fenton House (winter 2006)
|Main feature||Merchant's house|
|Other features||Historic musical instruments|
|Address||Hampstead Grove, Hampstead|
|Parking||Paid, on street|
Fenton House is a 17th-century merchant's house in Hampstead in North London which belongs to the National Trust, bequeathed to them in 1952 by Lady Binning, its last owner and resident. It is a detached house with a walled garden, which is large by London standards, and features roses, an orchard and a working kitchen garden. The interior houses the Benton Fletcher collection of early keyboard instruments, one of which is often played to visitors during opening hours, and collections of paintings (including the collection of Peter Barkworth, and loans of Sir William Nicholson paintings), porcelain, 17th-century needlework pictures and Georgian furniture. It also has a fine portraits of Dorothy Jordan, William IV, George IV, Frederick FitzClarence and Adolphus Fitzclarence - one of Jordan's daughters by William IV lived in the house.
The 17th century brick mansion has a 300 year old orchard, where around 30 types of apples flourish. Apple day, held in late September every year, gives members of the general public the opportunity to savour some of its rare and delicious apples, along with such goodies such as apple-blossom honey.
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