Hendon Place alias Tenterden Hall, MiddlesexThe house later called Hendon Place was built in Parson Street for the abbots of Westminster, and was originally known as the Parsonage. It was finished in 1326 and was built by Westminster Abbey workmen; in 1540 it contained a chapel on the ground floor. Cardinal Wolsey stayed there on his last journey to the north of England in 1530 and Queen Elizabeth I was a visitor in 1566, 1571, and 1576, when the Herberts were in possession, and again in 1594, when Sir John Fortescue was the tenant. In 1593 the building was called Hendon House and styled the manor-house. It was described as pleasantly situated on a slope and large enough to entertain the king c. 1640, and had 23 hearths in 1664. The estate was then a compact block of lands bordered by Parson Street, Finchley Lane, and Dollis brook, together with some fields in Finchley, and contained 132 a. It was leased by the Nicholls in the late 17th century to the earl of Northampton, and then to John Aislabie (1670-1742), Chancellor of the Exchequer, who spent large sums on both house and grounds and on a bridge to connect them with Finchley. He was perhaps responsible for building a new five bay three storey Palladian mansion, pedimented and with two storey four bay wings on the entrance front; Robert Adam added three bay single-storey wings on the garden side and possibly other decoration c.1776; and by 1816, when the house was unoccupied, a large ballroom had been added. Further alterations were made by John Henry Abbott, 2nd Lord Tenterden of Hendon (1796-1870), after 1832, when the house became known as Tenterden Hall, but in 1862 he sold the estate for building. The house was used as a school in the 20th century, and Bishop Trevor Huddleston and the radio presenter, Nicholas Parsons, were among the pupils. The school closed in the mid 1930s and the house was demolished in 1936.
|Hendon Place from an old postcard, c.1910|
The Abbott family, Barons Tenterden
Abbott, The Hon. Charles (1803-38), soldier. Younger son of Charles Abbott, 1st Baron Tenterden (1762-1832) and his wife Mary, daughter of John Lagier Lamotte of Grotto House, Basildon (Berks), born 8 August and baptised 31 August 1803. Educated at Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated 1821, BA 1825); he obtained a commission as cornet in Duchess of York’s Own (14th) Light Dragoons (Cornet 1826; Lt. 1829). Married 9 January 1834 Emily Frances (d. 1886), younger daughter of Rear-Admiral Lord George Stuart (d. 1841), and had issue:
Abbott, John Henry (1796-1870), 2nd Baron Tenterden, lawyer. Elder son of Charles Abbott, 1st Baron Tenterden (1762-1832) and his wife Mary, daughter of John Lagier Lamotte of Grotto House, Basildon (Berks), born 6 August 1796 and was baptised at St George the Martyr, Queen Square, London. Educated at Balliol College, Oxford (matriculated 1814; BA 1818; MA 1821), and Inner Temple (called to bar 1825); marshal and associate in the Court of Kings Bench c.1825-32; a Conservative in politics. He succeeded his father as 2nd Baron Tenterden, 4 November 1832.