Description: Central Entrance Block to Bentley Priory
Date Listed: 25 May 1983
English Heritage Building ID: 202024
OS Grid Reference: TQ1547393279
OS Grid Coordinates: 515473, 193279
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6265, -0.3332
Central entrance block to
TQ 19 SE 2/5
By Sir John Soane, 1789-90. Enlargement by Robert Smirke 1810-18. Entrance lobby,
long drawing room and circular boudoir are probably the only parts by Soane in
anything like their original condition. The external facades are quite changed by
iron balconies and other C19 additions. Some fragments of older work remain.
The house was, for the last year and a half of her life, the home of the
Dowager Queen Adelaide, who died here in 1849. It was also the home of the
Marquesses of Abercorn and Lord Aberdeen in C19. Gutted by fire 1979. Of
historical interest as the headquarters of Fighter Command during the
Battle of Britain and until 1968. (DRUETT, W W "Stanmore and Harrow Weald
Through the Ages" 1938 pages 130 to 137; IREMONGER, Lucille "Lord Aberdeen" 1978
pages 25 and 26).
Listing NGR: TQ1547393279
Source: English Heritage
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