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Admirals House

  • Also Known As: Golden Spikes
  • Also Known As: The Grove

  • Address: 21 Admirals Walk
  • Type: House
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

Admirals House is a Grade II English Listed residence in Hampstead, London, England. The semi detached house has been the subject of paintings by John Constable and featured in the 1964 film, Mary Poppins. - AsNotedIn

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Admirals House
Curtilage Wall And Entrances On East And North Gate


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1700/00/00 A residence is built for Charles Keys.
1730/00/00 A masonic lodge meets here between 1730 and 1745.
1753/00/00 Charles Keys dies. His residence is known as 'Golden Spikes', probably after the symbol of the masonic lodge which met here.
1775/00/00 Former naval captain, Fountain North, moves in. North will live here until 1811.
1796/00/00 A print by James P Malcolm, "Admiral Barton's Hampstead", is published, leading to the building becoming known as the Admiral's House. The print shows the quarterdeck on the roof from which North is said to have fired cannons to celebrate naval victories.
1805/00/00 Fountain North buys a house known as 'The Grove' located north-west of his own. He has it pulled down and to expand his garden. North calls his house the 'The Grove'.
1832/00/00 John Constable Artist "A Romantic House at Hampstead" by John Constable is exhibited. One of a number of paintings of the Admiral's House by John Constable, it has been in the collections of the National Gallery.
1856/00/00 George Gilbert Scott Home George Gilbert Scott makes his home at the Golden Spikes. Mr Scott will live here until 1865.
1910/00/00 Mary Frances Hammersley Home Mary Hammersley, her husband Hugh Greenwood Hammersley and their daughter Eve make a home at The Grove in Hampstead, London.
1911/00/00 A R Quinton Artist Alfred R Quinton makes a drawing of 'The Grove'.
1911/00/00 Anne Hill Work Anne Hill, a nurse from St Bartholomews Hospital, makes an extended stay at The Grove in Hampstead to care for Mary Hammersley who has taken ill.
1917/00/00 Historian John Fortescue and his wife, Winifred, move into 'The Grove'. Winifred will write about the house in her memoirs, mentioning major works to the building. Staying here until 1926, the Fortescues name the house "Admiral's House".
1941/00/00 Norman Thomas Janes creates a painting of Admiral's House for the 'Recording the changing face of Britain' make work scheme. The watercolour is on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington.

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Particulars for Admirals House:
Area of Significance Architecture
Sight Category Building
Building Type House
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling
Area of Significance Social History

English Listed Building List Entry Number: 1378582

Creative Works »

Mary Poppins (book) Children's Chapter Book P L Travers The Admirals House was the inspiration of the home of the eccentric Admiral Boom in P L Travers's "Mary Poppins".
Mary Poppins (film) Film Robert Stevenson (director) The Admirals House was filmed as Admiral Boom house's in "Mary Poppins".

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