Enid Bagnold's Cow
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Enid Bagnold's Cow

Playwright Enid Bagnold author of The Chalk Garden lived here.


Sir Roderick Jones, the chairman of Reuter's, and his wife, the playwright Enid Bagnold (1889-1981) lived here in the 1920's.

In 1928 they engaged architect Sir Edwin Lutyens to make some remarkable changes to the house - including Enid's writing-room 'a room like a ship's cabin' hoisted high in the bedroom - the staircase post featured a revolving copper ball, so that Miss Bagnold, if she woke up in the middle of the night with a literary inspiration, could run down the staircase into the room and propel herself into her chair in a single movement.

Enid was rumoured to have kept a cow here to solve her fresh milk problem.

The plaque was added in 1991.

Location: 29 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington, London