This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please help improve this article by introducing citations to additional sources.Find sources: "Fenton House, Hampstead" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (July 2022)

Fenton House
Fenton House, Hampstead is located in London Borough of Camden
Fenton House, Hampstead
Location within London Borough of Camden
Former namesOstend House (early C18)
Clock House (later C18)
General information
TypeMerchant's house
Architectural styleGeorgian architecture with many slightly earlier core features
LocationHampstead (village)
London, NW3
United Kingdom
Coordinates51°33′32.01″N 0°10′46.85″W / 51.5588917°N 0.1796806°W / 51.5588917; -0.1796806
OwnerNational Trust
Technical details
Floor count4
DesignationsGrade I listed[1]

Fenton House is a 17th-century merchant's house in Hampstead in North London which belongs to the National Trust, bequeathed to them in 1952 by Lady Binning, its last owner and resident. It is a detached house with a walled garden, which is large by London standards, and features a sunken garden, an orchard and a kitchen garden.[n 1] It is located on the western side of Hampstead Grove and to the south of Admiral's Walk with its entrance on Holly Hill.


The interior houses the Benton Fletcher collection of early keyboard instruments, some of which are often played for visitors during operational hours, and collections of paintings (including the collection of Peter Barkworth and loans of Sir William Nicholson paintings), Meissen, English and Chinese porcelain, 17th-century needlework pictures and Georgian furniture.

It also has fine portraits of King William IV (when Duke of Clarence) and his mistress Dorothea Jordan, as well as portraits of two of their illegitimate sons, Frederick FitzClarence and Adolphus FitzClarence, and one of William IV's brother George IV.

The brick mansion, with 1693 inscribed on its chimney breast which is consistent with the date of its core and most of its walls,[1] has a 300-year-old orchard, where around 30 varieties of apple trees flourish.

19th century remodelling by a Riga merchant

Philip Fenton, a Riga merchant, bought the house in 1793 and in the 19th century ordered much of the remodelling. This comprised alterations to the interiors and roof, the addition of an ornate portico and the pediment, new window frames and glazing. The sides of the building feature balustraded flat areas (parapets) above the standard decorative ledge (cornice) which date from the 18th century.

The building has original staircases with twisted balusters. Main rooms have original panelling, corner cupboards and decoratively carved marble fireplaces.[1]

Small west projection

It has a west extension adding no more than 5% to the building dating to about 1936, believed in the listing research of 1950 to have been commissioned by Lady Binning.[1]



  1. ^ The plot is 1 acre (0.40 ha); its tree-lined is driveway one tenth and the house occupies 0.05 acres
  1. ^ a b c d Historic England. "Fenton House (Grade I) (1378648)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 January 2015.