When I was staying at the Holiday Inn Express London Park Royal, I planned a trip to Ealing Broadway, which is a few stops west from North Action (adjacent to the hotel) on the Central Line. I wanted to have a walk around Walpole Park.
I’d read about Pitzhanger Manor House in the park, which was designed by the architect Sir John Soane. I’d visited the Sir John Soane’s Museum, located in the town house which he built for himself, in Lincoln’s Inn Fields on another visit to London, so I was curious as to Soane’s country house.
Approaching Pitzhanger Mamor House
Pitzhanger Manor House is now an art gallery owned by Ealing Council. Unfortunately, it’s undergoing renovation and won’t be open until Spring 2015. I didn’t spot much evidence of renovation on the exterior or interior.
Rear of Pitzhanger Manor House
Walpole Park was formerly part of the estate belonging to Pitzhanger Manor House. The grounds became a municipal park in 1901.
Soane’s Rustic Bridge on the Serpentine Lake
Decorated tree in Walpole Park
Fountain in the pond at Walpole Park
The Rickyard, named after the areas previous used for stacking (ricking) hay, houses a community centre, a cafe and free, clean public toilets. The ‘Drop’ sculpture by Paul Cocksedge sits at the front of the Rickyard.
‘Drop’ scupture outside the Rickyard in Walpole Park