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BRENTFORD & ISLEWORTH Isleworth envelops Syon, once the site of a very wealthy abbey destroyed during Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries. Syon House was built on its ruins. After coming into the hands of the Percys, the dukes of Northumberland, Syon House has been the family’s London home for more than 400 years. The house’s magnificent castle-like structure largely depicts its Georgian past with grand Robert Adam interiors and an exterior resurfaced in Bath stone. The house contains several van Dyck’s and an array of other great works of art and antiques collected by the family over the centuries. The domed Great Conservatory is thought to have been the inspiration for Crystal Palace, and you can wonder around the gardens designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. The beauty and splendor of the house and gardens have been the location for many films, and it is a popular venue for weddings and special events.

situated (see also p48). The grounds are home to the Syon Park Garden Centre, which boasts one of the largest collections of English roses, the London Hilton Syon Park Hotel, and Snakes and Ladders, a children’s indoor adventure playground. On a smaller scale is Brentford’s Boston Manor House, a fine Jacobean manor house built in 1623. Set back from Boston Manor Road, the three-storey building is situated in parkland containing a lake and ancient cedar trees. The 17th century state rooms, with their magnificent plastered ceilings on the first floor and the dining room on the ground floor, can be enjoyed at weekends, April to September, for free.

Syon Park is the 200-acre oasis of countryside in which the house is Boston Manor House

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Hounslow Pocket Guide 2015  

Published in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow. 20,000 copies printed and distributed in July/August 2015.

Hounslow Pocket Guide 2015  

Published in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow. 20,000 copies printed and distributed in July/August 2015.

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