THE KITCHEN GARDEN ~
The Kitchen Garden (now used as a nursery) is to the left of the path that leaves Hampstead Lane, between the East Lodge Gate and the Nursery and Orchard.
Today, this is a pleasant and colourful area with many flowers and shrubs but, in the old days, it would have been a source of herbs, vegetables and salad plants and roots.
The unique sundial (see pictures below) is of great interest.
The south-facing flued wall at the north boundary and the west and east walls remain but the eighteenth century glasshouses were demolished in the twentieth century.
The large wall, also observable from Hampstead Lane appears as a means of keeping people out but this is not its purpose.
Its purpose was to screen the kitchen garden from cold and winds from the north.
Flues, from fires that could be lit in cold weather, are still observable on the south wall.
Both this garden wall and the service buildings up to Kenwood House were developed between 1793 and 1796.