CANNON HALL - HAMPSTEAD HEATH - 2016***

Hampstead
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CANNON HALL

CANNON HALL~

At 14, Cannon Place, Hampstead.

Was once occupied by the dramatist and actor Sir Gerald Du Maurier.

The House dates back to the early eighteenth century.

Two cannons form road posts outside the gate and other cannons are dotted around the garden.

The cannons are said to have been introduced by Sir James Melville, secretary of The East India Company and friend of the other Hampstead nautical notary, Admiral Barton at Grove House.

A former owner grew all the flowers mentioned in Shakespeare's plays and there is a strange oriental tree still in existence.

The two little figures in the courtyard provide interesting viewing!

An early eighteenth century house with a garden and view over London, Cannon Hall has a fine entrance and stairway.

Built into the garden wall is the ancient "lock-up", a gloomy little prison room with an arched brick roof.

The curb posts in the road are old cannon and besides these in the garden are two pieces of bronze ordnance, each about three feet in length, one dated 1640 and the other 1646, both bearing Dutch inscriptions.


19/03/2014
The Author received an interesting enquiry and information today:

"I am researching the life of my uncle, Herbert Cecil Baker. From the late 1930s to the 60s he was the butler at Cannon Hall in Cannon Place. As a child I visited him there and my aunt Mabel,who was the cook.  Before he became a butler he was an 'officer's servant' acting as a valet,or batman, to the officer he served with during the first World War. I have been unable to find out the name of his employer. I believe he bought Cannon Hall after his home at West Tofts Hall in Norfolk was taken over as part of the Stamford Battle Area. I would love to find out more about the family. I recall being taken on a guided tour of the hall by Uncle Cecil while Aunt Mabel made us lunch in the very large kitchen. I believe the family were away on holiday and had left the butler in charge. He had many tales of parties at the Hall when politicians and members of the Royal Family,especially Princess Margaret,were among the guests.
I do hope you can help with my enquiries. Thank you. Ann English
"

25/09/16
The Author has received a further enquiry regarding Cannon Hall:

"II have found your website and the posting by Ann English regarding the owners of Cannon Hall from the 1930's-1960's.  She has probably had answers long since, but we believe the owners at this time to be the Ward family.  My husband's father was Vicar of Christchurch from 1952 and Mrs Ward lived next door but one to the Vicarage.  Cannon Lodge was next door and was of course the home of John Murray the publisher.  

Mrs Ward is an illusive lady - we can find nothing about her time at Cannon Hall - all entries are taken up with the du Maurier family.   From about the mid 1960's Cannon Hall was lived in by a member of the Menzies family - we cannot remember the house being sold at that time so perhaps he was a relative of Mrs. Ward.
If you have any information perhaps you would be kind enough to share it.

Many thanks. Frances Jarvis"

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