Mill Hill


Hankins Lane

Coventry farmhouse. 17th.  timber-framed, with later stucco front.      

Highwood Hill

Posh area originally just called ‘Highwood’.  Separated from the parish of Hendon in the 14th it was a fashionable retreat in the 17th and 18th . ‘Highwodhyll’ 1543, ‘Hyewoodhffl’ 1568, named from ‘alto bosco’ 1321, ‘Highwode’, ‘Hiwode’ 1523,  self-explanatory, 'the high wood' from Middle English ‘heghe’ and ‘wode’ with the later addition of hull. The elevation here is 443 ft

Highwood House. home of Sir Stamford Raffles, later became a nursing home.  It was built shortly before 1817 by William Anderson and acquired by Raffles after 1825.  the inside was altered c. 1950. The house was a rebuilding of an older one, minor parts of which remain at the back. The estate which had belonged to Lord William Russell who was executed in 1683 as a a Rye Hill conspirator -  who jumped out of the window here. Raffles is the man who founded both Singapore and the London zoo – but only lived here for a year until he died. His wife remained there. It has a  neat stuccoed front; with ground-floor windows recessed in arches.

Hendon Park. 140 acre property belonging to William Wilberforce.

Hendon Wood Lane corner, milestone

Rising Sun.  17th century brick.  licensed 1751.  Original a 17th cottage.

Highwood Ash. 18th brick front with parapet, with some older timber framed parts, enlarged in the 1660s. Celia Fiennes lived here 1713-37. Stables and 3 acre  roses.

The Barn.  in part of the former grounds of Highwood House, is a polygonal half-timbered studio house of c. 1937, with tiled roof and tall chimney.

Lady Russell’s well in the garden of The Barn..  17th chalybeate. Circular of brick with steps down restored 1973 17th well in garden dug and dedicated by daughter of the conspirator's wife, W.Russell – inscription saying 'MRS RACHEL RUSSELL'S GIFT JUNE YE 10 1681'.

The Grove

Glenamoy 1936 for Donald Sessions. by Oliver Hill, a late example of his romantic Arts and Crafts style; limewashed brick with a dramatic thatched roof. Splendidly sited. A curved plan, with main rooms and central open loggia on the outer curve, looking s over the valley.

Edgehill.  a large mansion in Free Classical ofc. 1910, four dentilled gables, Georgian sashes

Highwood Lodge. Exceptionally pretty cottage early ci9 with barge-boarded gables, the lower parts heavily castellated.

Oak Cottage, c. 1900, with half-timbering and tile-hanging.

Hill Cottage , c. 1900, with half-timbering and tile-hanging

Marsh Lane

Suburban houses    

Graystanes G G Scott.Arts and crafts . 1907. for A. Gilbert Scott. L-shaped plan. Roughcast with high prominent J gables and chimneys, now painted white. Stark unmoulded J mullioned windows, but in the main gable a mannered elongated  central window with segmental pediment, recalling the Arts and  Crafts manner of Edgar Wood.

Powerscroft  roughcast with three tile-hung gables and a quaintly  inappropriate late C20 French-chateau extension. 1900

Nan Clark's Lane

More cottages tucked away

Nan was a strangled servant girl

Wilberforce Walks. Bird sanctuary

Highwood Park House.  Has featured in many TV series


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