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The Wood That Built London: Knight's Hill

Lord Chancellor Edward Thurlow commissioned the architect Henry Holland to build him a house at Knight’s Hill, but when the project ran over budget, he refused to move in. ‘He was first cheated by his architect,’ commented another Lord Chancellor, the Earl of Eldon, ‘and then he cheated himself; for the house cost more than he expected, so he never would go into it. Very foolish, but so it was.’ After Thurlow died in September 1806, his executors pulled down the mansion and sold the lands for development. His connection with the area, unhappy though it was, is commemorated in the naming of Thurlow Park Road.

From The Wood That Built London by C.J. Schüler

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