Canonbury House

Every month CabbieBlog hopes to show you a little gem of a building that you might have passed without noticing, in the past they have ranged from a modernist car park; a penguin pool; to a Hanoverian gatehouse.

If you were to ask a child to draw a house they would, in all probability, draw one looking much like Canonbury House. Looking straight out of a Jane Austen novel this Grade II house has perfect symmetry.

[T]he land, where once hops were grown, with St. Paul’s Road then being known as Hopping Lane. About the mid-17th century the Marquess of Northampton ceased to live here as Lord of the Manor and in 1770 leased Canonbury Manor to stockbroker John Dawes, who started to develop the lands demolishing some of the buildings and replacing others.

Canonbury-House-doorFor himself he built what was described as a villa – Canonbury House – and lived there for a time. Dawes presumably vacated the property within 20 years and by 1795 it was known as St. Stephen’s Vicarage the church having been built on nearby Canonbury Road.

The entrance has panelled double doors between classical ionic engaged columns supporting a modillion cornice. With the two pedimented dormers protruding from its slate roof, above the mutule cornice and balustrade which in all probability were added in the late 19th century even so this gives the look of a classic Georgian rectory, with its four ground floor windows, central door with iron railings with urn finials and overthrow lamp holder when viewed from Canonbury Place.

Featured photo: Canonbury House by Julian Walker (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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