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Stanmore Hall


Not far from the top of Stanmore Hill is Wood Lane. This is home to amongst other things Stanmore Hall, Spring Ponds and Warren House.

Stanmore Hall, Wood Lane Stanmore
Stanmore Hall, Wood Lane Stanmore.

Stanmore Hall, stands on the spot which was originally Dower House. After its conveyance by Thomas Teed to Matthew John Rhodes in 1842 The Dower house was demolished. The new owner Rhodes set about building what is now the visually dominant Stanmore hall in its place and was resited so as to command south-easterly views

The Hall was built by john Mac Duff Derrick and extended in 1885, using Brightwen Binyon as his architect and, apparently simultaneously, William Morris & Co. and Howard & Co. to decorate the interior. Binyon extended the south elevation in sympathy with the original house but added an east front in a Flemish Renaissance style which is continued in Howard's decorations. Most of the work by Morris, which includes a staircase, ceilings, fireplaces, and mosaic floors, was within the earlier house but the most important feature, the Holy Grail tapestries by Burne-Jones, was for the dining room in the extension

The Attainment narrative panel of the Holy Grail tapestries hung in the dining room at Stanmore Hall. Tapestries woven by Morris & Co. 1891-94. This version of the tapestry is woven to fit over the doorway
The Attainment narrative panel of the Holy Grail tapestries hung in the dining room at Stanmore Hall. Tapestries woven by Morris & Co. 1891-94. This version of the tapestry is woven to fit over the doorway

The house was built in the villa-gothic style, having a symmetrical plan with contrived asymmetry in the arrangement of the main elevations. With an intricate silhouette from its tower and many gables; its walls are of Kentish rag and freestone, like those of the lodge, and the impressive gate pillars which guard the approach.

Stanmore Hall, Wood Lane Stanmore
Stanmore Halls, impressive gate pillars which guard the approach.
Rearing lions in stone top the gate piers and on the corners of the piers are little stone faces, heraldic beasts and Tudor roses.

It was bought by Teed's son-in-law Robert Hollond, M.P and became in turn the home of his widow Ellen Julia Hollond, authoress and founder of London's first créche, who died there in 1884. The hall was then bought by William Knox D'Arcy, In 1889. D'Arcy who made one fortune from Australian gold and another from Iranian oil.. In April 1909 D'Arcy was made a director of the newly founded Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) which would later become British Petroleum

Stanmore Hall, Wood Lane Stanmore
Stanmore Hall's Brown Plaque.


The exterior of the hall has been used in many TV programmes including

  • Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) - 'All Work and No Pay'
  • The Saint - 'The Hi-jackers', 'The Rhine Maiden', 'The House on Dragon's Rock', 'The Ex-King of Diamonds'
  • The Baron - 'The Man Outside'
  • The Avengers - 'From Venus with Love', 'The Winged Avenger'
  • The Champions - 'The Final Countdown'
  • The Adventurer - 'Icons are Forever'
  • The Professionals - 'Blind Run', 'Need to Know'

  • The TV series
    The TV series "The Saint". Roger Moore driving a white Volvo P1800 through the gates of Stanmore Hall, Wood Lane Stanmore


    Stanmore Hall is now a luxury development of 23 individual apartments within the original building and it has been rumored that since the conversion in 1996, residents have included Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and Leonardo DiCaprio.




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