A Grade ll listed house with extensive landscaped gardens, gifted for the use and enjoyment of the people by Henry Charles 'Inky' Stephens of the Stephens' Ink Company.

The Stephens Collection

The Stephens Collection. Is  closed for re- interpretation for the new visitor centre and will be open to the public in July

The Collection

The Stephens Collection aims to show:

  • aspects of the life of Dr Henry Stephens FRCS (1796-1864), the inventor of the famous blue-black writing fluid
  • the life of Henry 'Inky' Stephens MP for Hornsey and Finchley 
  • the development of the Stephens' Ink Company 
  • the history of Avenue House from 1859, and
  • the story of writing materials from ancient times


The collection was established by the Finchley Society; the assistance of the Writing Equipment Society and the London Borough of Barnet is also gratefully acknowledged.

Home of 'Inky' Stephens

17 East End Road,
Finchley, London N3 3QE
T +44(0)20 8346 7812
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