A Private Tour on a Tuesday in September at 10.45 for 11am
We continue our series of guided tours round houses and gardens on the outskirts of London with a visit to Finchley, in the north.
Stephens House is a Grade II listed building that was the home of Henry “Inky” Stephens (1841 – 1918), whose father of the same name invented the “Blue-Black Writing
Fluid” in 1834. The quality of the ink resulted in it becoming an early global brand, and it is still on the list of inks specified to be used by Registrars of Births, Marriages and Deaths.
The business produced a handsome income, which “Inky” used to develop the house and gardens.
We will have a guided tour of the house (which is not otherwise open to the public) and its recently rejuvenated display of Stephens’ memorabilia and his ink business, then of the ten acres of gardens. These include an arboretum, a swamp and pond area, the “Bothy Garden”, a unique octagonal reinforced-concrete water tower (recently inspected by Trust Patron the Duke of Gloucester), and a statue of the comedian Spike Milligan, who lived nearby.