Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Horror at Hunton Park in Herts

Here we are
Hunton Park, a treasure box facade.

What satisfaction to discover something nice close by the M25.

Tucked away in nest of horrid intersecting ‘A’ roads is Hunton Park.  This gem of the Queen Anne style is in Abbots Langley. It was originally called Hazelwood House when built in the early 19th century.

Gorgeous Judy Geeson
The original house was destroyed in 1908 and completely rebuilt. Emperor Haile Selassie stayed here for a while after the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1936.

In the 1970s, the cinema industry became absorbed in the house as a location. A number of the Hammer House of Horror gems were made here.

The Executioner directed by Sam Wanamaker was filmed here with George Peppard, Joan Collins and gorgeous Judy Geeson. To think we all drove down the same tree-lined driveway!

Shortly after Sam packed up his shoot businessman Paul Edwin Hember bought the house and changed its name to Hunton Park.


Now anyone with the resources can have a conference or a wedding here and film it presumably.