History and Influences
Hendon, now a London suburb in the Borough of Barnet, was once a woodland area, supplying timber for fuel to London industries and following the switch to coal in the 16th century, the land was given over to grass to provide fodder for the thousands of horses working in the capital.
The rural setting and the proximity to London made Hendon a popular location for the gentry to build country retreats, with evidence of these dating back as far as the 13th century. The coming of the railway in the 1800s led to the surrounding hamlets being subsumed into the village and modern Hendon took form.
Originally known as Hendon Manor, Hendon Hall was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The location, facing Parson Street has seen several versions of the grand hall; the current one being described as ‘new’ in 1756, built in classical Georgian style from red brick. The Hall was purchased by David Garrick, the famed actor and Shakespeare enthusiast. He was titled as Lord of the Manor of Hendon from 1765 until his death in 1779, though it is unlikely that he ever lived there. In the grounds of the Hall he built an octagonal temple dedicated to the theatre and today, two obelisks honouring him and his hero Shakespeare are to be found in the garden.
Now part of the Signature estate, the existing house is to be retained and developed in line with the recommendations of the Conservation Architect. This brings significant demands of practical and aesthetic nature to the development team, a challenge which we are keen to accept. The interior design must preserve the best of the original features, but at the same time provide a safe, welcoming environment for the future residents. The old hall will house a grand restaurant overlooking the garden and high-ceilinged bar and lounges with original fi replaces, cornices and artwork. The staircase and lobby will be treated in a style appropriate to their period. The north wing will house the Emporium, with the existing toilets being replaced by a Hair Salon and Therapy Room. It will not be an easy task to create twenty-first century facilities within the Georgian original, but the final result will be exceptional.