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Syon House, historically known as Syon Abbey and Syon Park, is an English country house and the London residence of the Duke of Northumberland. It occupies 22 acres of grounds, and has been the principal seat of the Percy family since 1557. The present mansion, seen today, was built in the late 16th century but is a grade I listed building to which extensivedebentures were made in the 18th century (1762–1779) in Georgian style. Syon House was a Jacobean mansion in Isleworth, London.

It was built in 1547 for Sir William More, Brentford ( The house passed from the More family to the Percy family in 1717, upon the death of the former owner, Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset (died 1684). From then until 1825 it was the London residence of the Dukes of Northumberland and their heirs male. There's no place like home! In London, home is Syon House. The list of places of interest in our district is a long one, so it takes a good deal of effort to get to the top spot but that didn't deter Syon House.

A Grade I listed building on the north bank of the Thames at Isleworth, Middlesex. It is one of two homes of the Duke of Northumberland and family. Includes timeline feature using pictures and words. You can find the video above on our stadium page, and will be updated to show the new Main Stand upon completion. A very big thank you to the 360 Agency for putting this together. Take a look around and share with your friends and family.


The road through Brentford has been important since prehistoric times, which is the term that is used to describe the period of time when people did not use cars, horses or trucks on their journeys. During this time, people generally moved around on foot and the land itself was an obstacle after a certain point. Above Brentford are angled layers of gravel (clays tend to form flat layers) which show that as early as 4500BC there was intensive use of the area by ancient humans rather than simply passing through it.

The "canal" you see on the old map of 1802 was indeed a canal in Roman times when it was known as "Le Ingelburn". In pre-Roman times, the road through Brentford was probably on an entirely different alignment. As has been noted, the road does not pass through a ford in the River Brent and thus it seems likely that the road was originally intended to form part of a major route from London to South West England.

However, when the bridge over the Thames at Kingston upon Thames was rebuilt, the road would have taken on more significance and become a more important thoroughfare. By now Brentford is mentioned in texts as part of a network of routes leading to important estates in South West England. In the 16th century, Timothy Magee, who was a military engineer and Inspector of Fortifications in the Tower of London comes to Brentford. He drew up plans to improve the medieval town by building a bridge over the River Brent, one of Brentford’s three main rivers at the time (the other two being the Colne and Beverley Brook).

He suggested that this would not only be useful to Brentford residents who wanted to get from one side of the river to the other but also for people who were coming south from London. Brentford's association with the road to London dates back to the road-system created by the Romans. As a crossing of the Thames, Brentford has been a major river transit point, with two ancient fords near here, and charts showing the main route passing through Brentford towards London since at least Medieval times.

The road from London to Bath is still called Bath Road. The Romans constructed a road, Ermine Street, that ran from London to York and which passed just outside the eastern boundary of what is now Brentford. The road was vital to the well-being of the settlement as goods would be ferried along the Thames to Brentford and onwards. There is a road in Brentford, West London, which has remained substantially the same as when it was first used over 2000 years.

Syon House And Park

Syon House and Park is a magnificent stately home in Brentford, Middlesex, on the banks of the River Thames. It is situated nearly 15 miles from London in a beautiful rural setting. For more than 400 years the House was the principal seat of the Percy Family Dukes of Northumberland; Earls of Northumberland; Earls of Beverley; and Lords of Manors of Otley, Clifton, Constablewick, Fenwick, Rossington &c. Today Syon House and Park has been lovingly and sensitively restored back to its former glory and the whole Park is once again open to visitors as part of English Heritage.

The Syon House and Park is a park and former stately home, in the Syon Park of west London, England. The park is divided in two by the M4 motorway. One half, containing the principal buildings of the former Jacobean house, is owned by the Duke of Northumberland and managed by the Landmark Trust. The 17th-century structures of this Grade I listed building are now in multiple private hands; they are for the most part located on one side of the motorway.

A smaller portion, to the north-east opposite Paddington Station, is used as an hotel by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Syon House and Park is one of the finest Tudor houses in the country. Its perfect location in a secluded valley was believed to be an ideal setting for relaxation. The wide parkland was home to deer, peacocks and other wildlife, while the Thames gave access for boating and fishing. The Tudor house is almost always protected from the intrusion of modernity and remains hidden in this quiet corner of West London.

I'm here in England this week, touring the historic stately home of my family's ancestors. Syon House was the London residence of the Duke of Northumberland and a center of English Renaissance architecture. It was built as an extension to the original Tudor manor house in 1543 under the reign of King Henry VIII. The property is now open to the public. Syon House and Park were originally the site of Syon Abbey, a monastery of the Bridgettine Order founded in 1415.

It is situated in Syon Park, an English country estate in West London, owned by the Duke of Northumberland, and designated since 1897 as the Marshyhope Park of Hanworth Park. We arrived at Syon House and Park, which was about 20 minutes from London Heathrow Airport. It offered one of the most amazing evening views I had ever seen in London England, overlooking this magnificent park. In this article I look at Brentford High Street before the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain and follow its development from a Roman road up to today.


The fine plasterwork ceilings of the Hall and Parlour are some of the earliest in England. The most magnificent room, and the most important from a decorative point of view, is the ‘Hall’. In this chamber, the ceiling is divided into panels; each panel has an ornate design of strapwork enriched with a variety of ornament such as candelabra, flowers, fruit and foliage. The Manor of Boston is a largely 17th century building with a fine early Stuart central block, extended by alterations and additions in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The house is set in a park of c. 20ha which contains a fine early 18th century equestrian centre. The property has been associated with the Moore family since around 1350. Built in the late 17th century for Thomas Butcher, owner of the land and estate of Boston Manor. In 1808 it was extended, again in about 1844 by Edward Shepherd, and further in 1880 by his widow Mary. The house was built by Sir Walter Cope in 1622, but the interior was refashioned by Sir Christopher Wren for John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland from 1692 onwards.

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