For sale to tune of £5m: Laurie Johnson’s Harrow home

Composer’s listed Tudor mansion on the market for first time in more than half a century.

Celebrated composer Laurie Johnson, the man who brought us The Avengers theme tune, is selling his seven-bedroom, wisteria-clad Tudor mansion in Stanmore, Harrow. Johnson, 87, awarded the MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list last month for services to music, has lived in Grade II-listed Priory House for 52 years.
 
It features authentic brick barrel chimneys, William Morris panels in the dining room and Tudor fireplaces. It was built on the foundation of what is believed to have been a 13th-century priory, demolished during Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries. A priest-hole underground passage runs from the house, used by Catholics fleeing persecution.
 
Johnson’s work has illuminated that of actors including Maggie Smith, Hugh Grant, Peter Sellers and Joanna Lumley, so it is fitting that his home, listed for £5 million with Hamptons International exudes star quality. 

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