Mary Poppins house ceiling collapses after neighbour built extension

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() Ceiling collapses at 18th century north London mansion immortalised in Mary Poppins after neighbours began building huge basement extension John and Pascal Gardiner who own the house estimate repairs to cost £100,000 Owners of Admiral's House, Hampstead, North London, opposed extension plan 18th Century house was home to Admiral Boom in P. L. Traver's Mary Poppins  Neighbour, financier Caspar Berendsen, added a gym, and three other rooms

By Sophie Cockerham and Jonathan Bucks For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 00:37 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 00:41 BST, 1 September 2019

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The owners of an 18th Century mansion immortalised in Mary Poppins have blamed council planners for the collapse of their ceiling after a neighbour was allowed to build a huge basement extension.

Neighbour, City financier Caspar Berendsen, added a gym, two bedrooms and a playroom to Grove Lodge, Hampstead, London, causing the ceiling of Admiral's House to collapse. John and Pascal Gardiner – who own Admiral’s House, had opposed plans and expect repairs to cost £100,000

Neighbour, City financier Caspar Berendsen, added a gym, two bedrooms and a playroom to Grove Lodge, Hampstead, London, causing the ceiling of Admiral's House to collapse. John and Pascal Gardiner – who own Admiral’s House, had opposed plans and expect repairs to cost £100,000

John and Pascal Gardiner – who own Admiral’s House, the fictional residence of author P. L. Travers’s eccentric character Admiral Boom – had opposed plans by City financier Caspar Berendsen to add a gym, two bedrooms and a playroom to his Grove Lodge home.

But despite the support of other residents in Hampstead, North London – including actor Tom Conti, who said it was ‘inhumane to inflict this dreadful noise and everything else connected to such excavation on people living nearby’ – Camden Council approved the scheme.

Now the Gardiners claim work on Grove Lodge, a Grade II

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