A Grade ll listed house with extensive landscaped gardens, gifted for the use and enjoyment of the people by Henry Charles 'Inky' Stephens of the Stephens' Ink Company.

Inky’s Place

Do you have Memories of the House and Gardens?

Have you got photos you would like to share?


2018 sees the 100th  anniversary of Henry Inky Stephens bequest of the House & Gardens.

Throughout the year we will be collecting memories. If you have memories to share, please let us know.

You can pop in to the House or Visitor Centre or contact : vlo@stephenshouseandgardens.com



Stephens Collection Typewriters appear with Tom Hanks

Two Typewriters from the Stephens Collection appeared on stage with Tom Hanks at the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday (1 November).

Tom was in conversation about his book of short stories Uncommon Type.  You can see him and our Oliver no9 and Royal 10 typewriters here


HRH The Duke of Gloucester Visits the Water Tower at Stephens House & Gardens

The Duke, who was accompanied by the Deputy Lieutenant of London, Martin Russell, and the Mayor of Barnet, David Longstaff, met representatives from the Heritage of London Trust, and staff and Trustees from Stephens House & Gardens. 

The Duke was shown the historic, Grade 2 listed, water tower in the Gardens.  Built in the 1880s as part of Henry Stephens’ system to purify the water to the Estate, it is possibly the oldest reinforced concrete water tower in existence.  The tower has been on Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register for some years, and the Heritage of London Trust has given sponsorship towards its restoration.  This work is part of Avenue House Estate Trust’s £3m project to restore the Gardens, for which other funding has principally come from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Big Lottery, and Barnet Council.  Historic England has indicated that it expects to remove the tower from the ‘at risk’ register when this work is completed

The Duke concluded his visit by planting an Indian Bean tree in the Gardens, replacing a similar tree planted in 1935 to mark the Silver Jubilee of His Majesty King George V.

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