Chiswick House & Gardens

History of Chiswick House

Chiswick House ,completed in 1729 by Lord Burlington, is considered one of the greatest examples of Neo-Palladian architecture in London, the gardens designed mainly by William Kent are cited as one of the earliest examples of the English landscape garden.

Burlington was a Freemason and it has been suggested that Chiswick house was a Freemason Temple and on closer look there are certainly factors that support this theory, the house also inspired the building of several similar houses the most notable being Mansion House in the City of London.

In 1788 two wings were added to the villa to increase living accommodation although one was damaged during WWII by a V2 rocket and was later demolished, the house fell into decay by the 19th Century and was rented out to various notables of the time, it was also used as a mental hospital and by WWII had become a fire station.

Notable visitors


Queen Victoria

Jean-Jaques Rousseau

John Adams, Benjamin Franklin & Thomas Jefferson

Present Day

In the post war years the House and Gardens were acquired by the Ministry of Works and is now owned by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and managed by English Heritage.

The House and gardens are open to the public, the gardens are free to visit but there is a charge to enter the house and if you are using a tripod in the gardens be prepared to be questioned as I was.


The images above were shot on a late afternoon with heavy snow clouds looming, the little light was directional so I bracketed and tonemapped the images in Photomatix Pro, before dodging and burning in Adobe Photoshop CS6.


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