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.

Co-op members are raising money to help with gardening and woodland activities

We want to run outdoor sessions and forest activities, for young people and their families.  Co-Op members can donate 5% of spend -  so if you are a member please support us and if not why not join up .  You can see more about our project at https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/5947/

and become a member at http://Co-op Membership account.

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.

Artist in Residence Summer 2017

David Gilbert wiill be working in the Basement of Avenue House and you can visit him on Open Sundays

See more about David here


Winter Season Artist in Residence

Installation Artist - Julia Maddison

Julia's work deals with lies, longing, memory, sickness and sex.

Collecting discarded objects and the flotsam of forgotten lives, she reworks and rearranges them, slowly piecing together a museum of domestic misery and secrets; creating new narratives from untold and misremembered stories. Her artistic practice revolves around the themes of memory and personal histories.

The themes of Stephens House, its various incarnations and its proximity to where some of Julia’s earliest childhood memories were formed, will be explored through the use of installation, drawing and small scale sculpture. Working in the basement space which has a very particular atmosphere, almost like a stage set, she plans to "stage" work suggested by the underground, cell-like structure, its hidden tunnel, and its former use as a hospital. 

"Maddison's work is so elegantly explicit; these are images that may sit or stand or lie in plain sight, but pierce the skin and twist the root just where purity and sin bargain for sanity."  Julian Firth

You can meet Julia and view her work in progress on our next open Sunday February 12th

Mulberry Tree is added to Heritage Survey

The Mulberry tree on the Middle Lawn has been logged with Morus Londinium a project to map and uncover the  heritage of the Mulberry and London's prized Mulberry foraging sites.

You can see our entry and find out more about the trees and the project at 


The project has also donated a Mulberry Sapling which will be planted in the Bothy Garden

Chainsaw artist breaths new life into reclaimed wood

European Chain Saw Carving Champion, Will Lee has been busy at work carving wood reclaimed from trees removed during the restoration of the Gardens. 

You will be able to spot his work particularly in the wild play area next to the Playground

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