Dennis Severs House, 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London

18 Folgate StreetI have written before about the house at 18 Folgate Street and on the recent Unlock The Past Cruise I somehow ended up twice talking to people at breakfast about the house and how they must go and see it when they were next in London.

Dennis was an eccentric, there is no two ways about it, but an eccentric with more imagination than most and who has left a wonderful legacy behind him. He decided that he didn’t belong in the 20th century, he died on 29 December 1999 and that he really was most comfortable in the 18th century. It is hard to explain the house and the experience, but yesterday I came across a tv programme on YouTube by Dan Cruickshank  that comes as close as you can to the house without entering it’s door.

If you can go and see it yourself, check the website for opening times and note the restrictions no children, no talking etc. If you can’t then watch the following YouTube programmes, it is in 3 segments.

The House That Wouldn’t Die by Dan Cruickshank


Part 1


Part 2


Part 3’_House

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