Ceiling In Ashburnham House
Photographer: Dixon, Henry (1820 - 1892)
Medium: Photographic print
"The house is supposed to have been built for one of the Ashburnham family, probably for John Asburnham, the attendant on Charles I from Oxford to the Scotch army, and from Hampton Court to the Isle of Wight. At all events it was in possession of the family at the beginning of the eighteenth century (Hatton's New View, II., 623), and so remained till 1730, when it was purchased by the Crown, of John, the third Lord and first Earl. The Cottonian Manuscripts were kept here, when in October, 1731, a fire broke out which nearly proved fatal to the entire collection."
Later, the building became part of Westminster School.
Letterpress by Alfred Marks from 'Photographs of Old London'.