Denise Silvester-Carr describes the trials and tribulations of a fine Georgian House recently re-opened by English Heritage.
Danson House in Bexley was described by a local critic as ‘a monument to municipal vandalism’ in the mid-1980s. For several decades it had lain forlorn and neglected. The roof had gaping holes; pigeons occupied the abandoned rooms and part of the upper floor was exposed to the elements.
All has now changed. The Grade I Palladian villa that presides over the green sward and lake of Danson Park has undergone a £4 million restoration. From Easter weekend it will be showing its glories to the public.