Outwardly Observatory Gardens appears unaltered from Victorian times. But appearances can be deceptive. During World War II a German Junker bomber crashed landed on Campden Hill Road. This was at the junction with Observatory Gardens. The crew escaped and were promptly arrested by the locals.
Observatory Gardens suffered serious damage and soon became very dilapidated. Suddenly in the mid 1990s a set of murals appeared outside the flats. Locals were intrigued. They watched the demolition of the entire mansion block. Only one part remained the façade. Behind the fully restored façade, luxury flats with underground parking were constructed. These were eagerly snapped up, especially by overseas buyers. Since then other developments along similar lines have been undertaken, including Earl's Terrace.
Copyright: J R Rogers
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