|Location||St Annes Hill, Chertsey, Surrey|
Tara was a house formerly located on St. Annes Hill, Chertsey, Surrey. It was owned by The Who's drummer Keith Moon in the 1970s, but was demolished by a later owner in 1990. The press party for the release of the Who's Next album was held at Tara.
The house was a one-storey, four bedroom bungalow of pyramidical construction which enclosed approximately 1100 square feet (about 100 square metres). The roof peaked in five pyramids, one on each corner of the house and one in the center over a large sunken lounge. It featured French windows, a master ensuite, a study and the lounge. The house was Modern in style and included futuristic appliances and labor-saving devices. The grounds included an extensive lawn, wooded areas and a large pond. The nearest train station to the location is Chertsey.
The house was reportedly named Tara after the mansion in Gone With The Wind. It was built by Peter Collison, film director of The Italian Job. Collinson blew up a Victorian home previously located at the property to film the demolition, and built the contemporary home in its place.
In 1971 Keith Moon purchased the property from Collison for £65,000, and he and his wife Kim née Kerrigan launched an eccentric and extravagant open-house social life based at the home. "People would come to deliver a pizza or do a mural and be there for weeks," reported musician Richard Barnes.
In July 1971 the house and lawn of the property served as the venue for the Who's Next album launch party, and included an extravagant fireworks display. The Who also conducted photo sessions on the property. In 1972 Moon drove one of his cars into the garden pond.
In 1975 Moon sold the property to Kevin Godley of 10cc, and in 1990 Godley sold it to Vince Clarke of Erasure. Clarke had the contemporary building demolished, and constructed a home and studio on the site called Ammonite.
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- Fletcher, Tony (2010). Dear boy: the life of Keith Moon.