The White House

The White House Heston

The White House is a house that used to exist in Heston, some say that it was built by Oliver Cromwell for his daughter Elithabeth but I believe this to be untrue, in fact the house built by him for his daughter was called Highclere which was lived in by Elithabeth during the 17th Century. The house built on the site which became Heston filling station was demolished in 1933.

It became the home of Lynwood Palmer after his return from Canada until his death in 1941. Mr Palmer a famous equestrian artist whose paintings are still in great demand. One of his paintings sold at auction at Sotheby’s in London on the 1st of July for £57.600. The artist died in Heston in 1941.

Lynwood Palmer also kept horses at the house and he cared for the 1924 Grand National winner “Master Robert” which is how the newly opened public house on the Great West Road got it’s name

Below are Emails from Dr Blacker


Dear Heston RA

I thought you might like a photo of the White House Upper Sutton Lane –
Lynwood Palmer’s home – where we lived until it was compulsorily purchased
off us and then mysteriously burned (arson) a few months later.
We understood that it was built by Cromwell for one of his relatives. I
remember the secret passage that ran from the back of a cupboard through to
the other end of the house.


Actually the last owners were my grandmother Gwendoline Getgood (a
friend of the artist Augustus John) and my uncle and aunt – ‘Mickey’ and
Annette Mason who used the paddocks for quarantining animals that Mickey
captured in India SE Asia and elsewhere – in preparation for shipping to
London and San Diego zoos. They also had boarding kennels alongside – and a dance school!

Dr Russell Blacker


Photographs supplied by Dr Russell Blacker

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