Hammerwood Park

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Coordinates: 51°07′52″N 0°03′36″E / 51.131°N 0.060°E / 51.131; 0.060

Hammerwood Park from the south
Hammerwood Park

Hammerwood Park is a grade I listed country house near East Grinstead, Sussex, England at grid reference TQ442389 and Grade 1 listed of historical interest.

History[edit]

It was the first work of the architect Benjamin Latrobe. Built in 1792, it was one of the first houses in England built in the Greek Revival style.

After World War II it was divided into apartments, but the house fell into disrepair as the inhabitants left.[1]

The house was owned by Led Zeppelin who bought it in 1973 as flats for the group members and their families. It remained in their ownership until 1982.

It was in bad condition when, in 1982, it had been for sale for nine years and David Pinnegar saw an advertisement for it in Country Life. He was only 21 when he bought it - it was in a state of dilapidation and according to television interviews, he claimed that most of his friends and family thought him 'foolhardy'.

The restoration of the house gained the Anne de Amodio award from IBI, the International Burgen Institute (now part of Europa Nostra) and the progress of the restoration received a lot of television coverage, appearing on Blue Peter as well as Coast to Coast and national news programmes.

Hammerwood Helipad
IATA: noneICAO: none
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator David Pinnegar
Location Hammerwood Park
Elevation AMSL 285 ft / 87 m
Helipads
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 40 131 Grass

Today[edit]

The house is often used for filming including pop videos for The Darkness, Victoria Beckham, Melanie C, Prada, fashion shoots for Vogue, John Lewis catalogues and other magazines, and in 2007 the horror movie Knife Edge, as well as London Boulevard in 2009.

The house is open to the public in the summer (on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 June until 30 September, with a tour at 2PM) and concerts are held approximately once a month. Recently, the temporary organ which served Londonderry Cathedral for 12 years (whilst its predecessor was being repaired after the Troubles) has been added to facilities at the house and is used in particular to promote the music of the French symphonic writers such as Vierne and Widor.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Hammerwood House, West Sussex, touruk.co.uk, retrieved 11 December 2009