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HU-659950109

This house is on an estate of 3 streets in central London which were indeed relatively humble dwellings when built as Fuji says. I lived in the next street, where the houses are double fronted but otherwise the same, for nearly 30 years. It was a wonderful place to live in the 70s and 80s with a lovely mix of people, some of whom had lived there since before the war, a very strong community and a quiet and very convenient location. My house originally had 4 families living in it, one family per room plus scullery and coal cellar. That level of occupancy was the norm then. The irony is that these houses now sell for upwards of £1.25m and this renovated house has recently been sold. The houses have matchboard partitioning, i.e. just wooden panelling with no wall as such, between the stairs and the rooms - it's the squared panelling that you see restored/replicated in this renovation. The map on the wall above the dining table, from the Roque Plan of London, shows the area where this estate is and is available from Pentreath and Hall.


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Sonia

Thank you for this lovely piece of history HU (do you have a nickname?). I love to hear about the people who live/lived in a house, so interesting.

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cassandrascott24

Thanks from me too Hu + lots of numbers! Amazing how these old properties fetch astronomical prices nowadays. However...

I read a billboard on a new housing development where they were comparing heating costs of the old v the new. I felt like scrawling across it 'These houses may be cheaper to run but they certainly won't be standing in 100yrs time!' (Especially, I could add, when already doorbells don't work and letterboxes are hanging off!!!) Today's housing estates are thrown up, not built! And often hideous to boot!

So... small wonder then that the old places increase in value...

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