TQ2590 : Finchley: Avenue House, East End Road, N3

taken 13 years ago, near to Finchley, Barnet, England

Finchley: Avenue House, East End Road, N3
Finchley: Avenue House, East End Road, N3
Avenue House was originally built in an Italianate style for the Rev Edward Cooper in 1859 and comprised the main buff rendered section of the house to the left. In 1874 it was bought by Henry Charles (Inky) Stephens, son of the inventor of the famous blue-black ink. Stephens subsequently had the stone extension to the right built, around 1884, and this contained his laboratory. When Stephens died in 1918, he bequeathed Avenue House to the people of Finchley, and it was opened to the public in 1928. In 1989 it was severely damaged by fire, but has since been refurbished.

The website of the house is here LinkExternal link

It is a Grade II Listed Building and the English Heritage Listed Buildings website describes it thus:-

"House, now municipal offices. Circa 1859 Italianate villa, much extended and refurbished by James Stephens the ink manufacturer after 1874 and probably c1884. Stuccoed with slate roof and tall brick chimneystacks with acroteria. Roughly L-shaped. South front of three storey; 6 windows, sashes mainly without glazing bars and with cornices. Bracket eaves cornice. Circa 1884 porch and ground floor rooms built out. East wing of c1884 is of stone of two storeys and comprised "Inky Stephens" laboratory and bedroom on the first floor and reception rooms on the ground floor. First floor has two mullioned and transomed windows in gables including splayed gable to north corner with cartouche and motto "REGNANT QUI SERVANT". Four similar ground floor windows. North front incorporates elements of 1859 building but with later curved window, a four storey tower with hipped roof, a wing with splayed bay and Norman arched doorcase and two storey link block with interlaced Norman traceried window and Norman-arched doorcase with corbel heads to octagonal tower."

For a view of the rear of the house please see TQ2590 : Finchley: Avenue House, East End Road, N3.

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TQ2590, 423 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Nigel Cox   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Sunday, 20 February, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 3 March, 2011
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 251 902 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:35.8164N 0:11.7084W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 251 901
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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