Dollis Hill House to be commemorated later this month
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A community trust will erect information boards to commemorate the history of a beloved mansion, visited by 19th century prime minister William Gladstone, which was demolished two years ago.
A new memento will be raised on the footprints of Dollis Hill House, once a holiday retreat for Mr Gladstone, and a hotspot for American author Mark Twain, which was destroyed in 2012.
The boards, funded by the Dollis Hill House Trust, are aimed at delivering a slice of history, exploring how the felled mansion was used and enjoyed by famous faces and residents in the past, before it was reduced to rubble.
Gill Close, the chair of the Trust, said: “It was very sad to lose the house but we want local people to be able to find out about their community’s heritage.”
She continued: “We also celebrate the centenary of the house being a hospital during the First World War.”
Brent council appealed to Eric Pickles Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to give the go-ahead for the destruction of the grade-II listed building,
They claimed there was no “viable” option for the future of the building, which had become depilated and subject to four arson attacks.
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Mr Pickles gave the green light, despite fierce opposition by campaigners, who claimed there was a long standing agreement preventing the house from being knocked down including a conveyance which was agreed upon on February 19, 1900.
The unveiling ceremony will take place in Gladstone Park by Dollis Hill Lane on June 19 at 10.45am.