Bentley Priory Museum, Stanmore

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Bentley Priory is an eighteenth to nineteenth century stately home and deer park in Stanmore on the northern edge of the Greater London area in the London Borough of Harrow.It was originally a medieval priory or cell of Augustinian Canons in Harrow Weald, then in Middlesex. There are no remains of the original priory, but it probably stood near Priory House, off Clamp Hill.In 1775, Sir John Soane designed a large mansion house north of the original priory, called Bentley Priory, for the wealthy businessman James Duberley. This was added to throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by various owners. It was significantly extended in 1788, again by Sir John Soane, for John Hamilton, 1st Marquess of Abercorn. The priory was the final home of the Dowager Queen Adelaide, queen consort of William IV, before her death there in 1849. It subsequently served as a hotel and girls' school before being acquired by the Royal Air Force in 1926.In the Second World War, Bentley Priory was the headquarters of RAF Fighter Command, and it remained in RAF hands in various roles until 2008.As of 2013, the site has been sold to a developer and plans to convert some of the building to luxury apartments and build new houses have been approved and construction commenced. The Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Trust has secured part of the building to be used as a museum and memorial dedicated to those who served in the RAF.
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  • Excellent and surpisingly little known museum located on a private estate midway up the hill between Stanmore and Bushey. Don't be put off by the shut gates at the entrance to the estate, the concierg...  more »
  • I went with 3 children aged 2,10 and 12. I thought the museum was incredible and thoughtfully brought history alive for their younger visitors. The code breaking, dressing up and arts and crafts were ...  more »
  • This was one of the best museum visits I have had - the information is very well presented, extremely enlightening, and not too much of it to absorb in one go. What a great man Sir Hugh Dowding was!  more »
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  • Thoroughly worth a visit. This museum should really have a higher profile when you realise just what a contribution this place made during the Battle of Britain. The volunteer staff are very friendly and helpful. They are more than happy to chat and share their knowledge. Not a large museum but it contains a lot of interesting items so easy to spend several hours there. Don't miss the innovative short film with special effects. There is a cafe, Italian garden and a picnic area for those that want to stay longer. A real oasis of green and hard to believe it is so close to London. Entry is £8 but worth it when you think the place could be lost to the nation without sufficient income.
  • Interesting little known museum. Great to learn about the battle of Britain.
  • Beautiful architecture and gardens, super helpful and knowledgable staff.
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