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Bexley Heritage Trust
Danson Park, Danson Road. Welling, Bexley, DA6 8HL, South East,
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14 September 2015
was built c 1766 in Bexleyheath. The house is primarily the creation of two men: John Boyd, the owner, and his architect Robert Taylor. It reflects a preoccupation with the Golden Age of antiquity and is full of the symbolism of classical mythology. It is a revival of Italian villa design from the area around Vicenza in the second half of the sixteenth century. The leading architect at that time was Andrea Palladio.
'In the twentieth century the house fell into an almost ruinous state. In 1995 English Heritage, which had identified the house as "the most significant building at risk in London" began ten years of restoration. The restoration won the Georgian Group National Award in 2004, and the following year the house was formally opened by Her Majesty the Queen, after thirty five years of closure.'