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Castle
Location type: Castle
Location address: United Kingdom, Hounslow
Number of texts: 4
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In the park of Syon House, Charles Fowler designed the Great Conservatory in 1828. It was the first conservatory to be built from metal and glass on a large scale. Some sources state that this greenhouse was the inspiration for the spectacular Crytal Palace of London, built for the worldexhibition of 1851. But the Crystal Palace doesn’t exist anymore. It burned down.

The conservatory was shown in a dream sequence in Meera Syal’s 1993 film Bhaji on the Beach. It was also the setting for the music video to The Cure’s 1984 single “The Caterpillar”.

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Syon House, and its 200 acre (80 hectare) park, is in west London. It belongs to the Duke of Northumberland and is now his family’s London residence. The family’s traditional central London residence was Northumberland House. The eclectic interior of the house was designed by the architect Robert Adam in the 1760s.

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Syon House belongs to the Duke of Northumberland and is now his family’s London residence. Syon House derives its name from Syon Abbey, a medieval monastery, located on the site now occupied by Syon House. The abbey was built here in 1431.

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Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Catherine Howard, was brought to Syon for her long imprisonment in 1541. In February 1542, she was taken to the Tower of London and executed on charges of adultery.

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