Tittenhurst Park

This Tittenhurst Park blog is dedicated to John Lennon's home in Sunningdale, near Ascot, Berkshire between 1969 and 1971. The aim is to gather as much material relating to the estate as possible - obviously with the emphasis on the Lennon-era, but also concerning Tittenhurst Park as it was before and after John Lennon's ownership. In addition, there will be posts about and associated with the Beatles, plus any other rubbish I feel like. The blog is purely meant for the entertainment of anyone (assuming there is actually anyone) who, like me, has an unhealthy interest in one particular Georgian mansion. Those with anything interesting to contribute in the way of links, photos, scans, stories etc. please do contact me: tittenhurstlennon@gmail.com
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John Lennon's Toilet Seat

.. Continuing with The Toilet Theme:

From the archive, first published Thursday 25th Mar 2004.
In 'The Argus'

Imagine perching your posterior where a rock 'n' roll legend sat and pondered some of the most popular songs in music history.
Peter Dennison is offering Beatles devotees that chance by selling a piece of furniture he salvaged from John Lennon's Tittenhurst Park mansion.
This is not a luxury suite or an elegant armchair, however, but a humbler resting place - one of Lennon's toilet seats.
The wooden seat has just gone on display in the window of the Brighton Musical Exchange shop in Trafalgar Street, Brighton.
It belongs to Mr Dennison, owner of French furniture firm Moth, based opposite.
He bought the seat in 1989 when his London-based architectural salvage company was offered furniture by contractors working on the Georgian mansion in Berkshire.
Mr Dennison said: "We bought several items including some marble and cast-iron panels but I personally kept hold of the toilet seat.
"It's hard to say for sure whether John Lennon used it but the toilet looked like it had been there since Victorian times and throughout his stay there so I would imagine he would have done so."
He thought a music shop would be a more suitable place to display the seat, which is accompanied by a brass plaque explaining the Lennon connection.
Mr Dennison, who opened his Brighton shop with his wife Kim Colivet seven months ago, said: "I lived in France for ten years and just had the seat hanging around doing nothing so thought this might be a good time to sell it.
"I know it's not of any great historical importance. It's not one of Lennon's guitars, for instance. But some Beatles fan might like to find a place for it."
The seat has been given a £285 price tag. However, Brighton Musical Exchange shop assistant Tank said: "We're actually hoping we don't sell it because it's attracting so many people into the store.
"Almost everyone who comes in has been asking about it and commenting on how unusual it is."

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