Commemorative boards for Dollis Hill House are revealed

Ms Close was joined by Cllr Arshad Mahmood, of the Dollis Hill ward (second from right) and Cllr Muh

Ms Close was joined by Cllr Arshad Mahmood, of the Dollis Hill ward (second from right) and Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of the council. - Credit: Archant

Information boards which commemorate the rich history of a beloved mansion, once a holiday retreat of William Gladstone, which was reduced to rubble two years ago, have been officially revealed.

The boards were unveiled in Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill Lane, on the footprint of Dollis Hill House, which was reduced to rubble two years ago.

The information panels, funded by the Dollis Hill House Trust, tell how the mansion was used and enjoyed by famous faces and residents in the past, before it was knocked down in 2012.

Actors dressed as the iconic historical figures were on hand to entertaining the scores of residents and around one hundred schoolchildren from three Brent schools, who attended the community event.

Gill Close, the chairman of the trust, said: “On the one hand, this is a sad event, as it finally marks the passing of the house and the loss of an opportunity to create a venue the community could use. But it also sows the seeds for more active involvement of local people, school pupils and visitors in finding out about the community’s heritage.”

Campaigners fought to save the listed building from demolition, claiming that there was a long-standing agreement preventing the house from being knocked down.

But Brent Council successful appealed to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for its destruction. Town hall bosses claimed there was no “viable” option for the future of the building, which was dilapidated.

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