Admiral's House ~
Admiral's Walk, The Grove, Hampstead.
John and Winifred Fortescue's House (c1916-1925)
Home of John & Ada Galsworthy lived in Grove Lodge, next door; once the Home Farm to The Grove 1918-1933.
The house had been re-named Grove House during their time but was still known to them and other local residents as Admiral's House.
It was built during the reign of George III and occupied by eccentric former naval officer called Fountain North.
He constructed two decks on the roof, a main deck and a quarter deck, and mounted cannons all round them from which he fired salutes on the King's birthday and to celebrate Naval victories.
His cabin, built like the stern of a ship, still existed, high up in the air. There was an acre of garden, since built upon.
Through the garden ran a tunnel which was said to communicate with the Heath, and was alleged the escape-way of Dick Turpin.
The house currently carries a brown plaque
stating 'Sir George Gilbert Scott 1811 - 1878'