Few places in the world can boast such richness in architecture and history as the prized north London enclave of Hampstead.
Located only moments from Hampstead Village, Hampstead Manor embraces all the qualities that have long made NW3 one of Britain's most desirable postcodes.
As an ambitious restoration project approached in consultation with architectural historians, every detail has been minutely considered.
The restorers have been committed from the beginning to maintaining the integrity of the original buildings and gardens.
Dating back to 1843, the Greek Revival Kidderpore Hall was originally constructed by globetrotting merchant John Teil. By the turn of the century the building was the seat of Westfield College - one of the few places offering a higher education to female scientists.
A thoughtful alchemy of history and modernity now typifies Hampstead Manor. The scholarly legacy of the pioneers who worked in its library and sought peace in its Chapel lives on within the array of distinct buildings. There are stories around every corner, with state of the art homes now within coveted converted buildings and linked with pretty pathways that unveil a smattering of ancient, retained trees.
Originally constructed in 1928, The Chapel has been designed with a very neutral colour palette whilst a certain aged feel has been maintained throughout, in respect of the heritage and uniqueness of the space.
The tiles on the roofs have been removed and renovated, but then replaced exactly in the inimitable, weather-patterned shape of their two-centuries use. A process involving a devoted team of restorers working through decades of previous restoration to reveal the original.
Carefully stripping away layers of history in order to see what lies beneath, ever-mindful that they are bringing a landmark Hampstead site into modern use. It has been an intricate balance, achieved only through the utmost historical interest and expertise.WHERE WE ARE TODAY
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