Robbie Williams in planning bid for mansion – built by a huge Warrington name
ROBBIE Williams is hoping to increase the size of the walls around his £17.5m west London home to stop onlookers from being able to see into his garden.
But few people problem probably know that his home was built by one of Warrington's most famous names.
The former Take That star is seeking planning permission Kensington and Chelsea Council to modify his Grade II listed property by adding wooden trellises to three walls of his property.
The 48-year-old previously got into a bitter row with his neighbour Jimmy Page over planned changes to his home.
The home was built by Warrington's most famous artist Luke Fildes in the 19th century.
The home in Chelsea
Angels singer Williams bought Woodland House – a former home of the late film director Michael Winner – for a reported £17.5 million in 2013.
But it was home to Fildes at the time he was rising to fame in the Victorian arts scene.
Fildes moved into the house, in plush Kensington, West London, in October 1877 and it remained his home until his death there in February 1927. A blue plaque was erected to mark his contribution.
Fildes was to become the most famous graduate of the Warrington School of Art, which was initially based in Warrington Museum between 1857 and 1884 before it moved to its last location nearby on Museum Street.
His picture of an idyllic picnic and boat trip on the Thames, which includes himself and his future wife Fanny Woods, Fair Quiet and Sweet Rest, now stands in Warrington Museum.
It helped establish his reputation in the Victorian arts scene when it was exhibited in the all-important Royal Academy Summer Exhibition of 1872.
The former boyband member's home originally formed part of the 500 acre estate of Holland House, which was known as Cope Castle and was built by Sir Walter Cope between 1605 and 1607.
According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, the singer's builders, Barton Engineers, wrote in a heritage statement: "As part of a proposed landscaping scheme, the designer has proposed the use of trellis panels as a low-impact way of increasing the privacy within the garden."
The singer lives next door to Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, 78. After a five-year dispute, Williams won planning permission to build an 'iceberg basement' with a swimming pool and gym underneath his property in 2019.
Earlier this year the former Take That star lost a planning battle to cut a 70ft (21m) tall Robinia tree outside his Kensington mansion after it caused a crack in his garden wall.