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

My Homes Past – House History

House History

Came across this new website today, I always think that family history easily partners with house history and this website concerns itself with the latter. The idea is that “My Homes Past” provides a link between photos and memories that we have of the houses we have lived in and the people who now live in those homes. It’s a lovely idea and it will be interesting to see if it catches on. 

To use the website you first need to register (another password to remember!!) and then you can add photographs, memories, real estate flyers and purchase and sale details. Once that is done I assume you sit back and see if anyone is also interested in that property.

At the time of writing the properties with details loaded onto the site are mainly in the Essex area and I suspect that they are those that the creators of the website have lived in.  I noted some Google ads on the site of the pages and I presume this is how the costs of the website will be covered. Running websites, as I know, isn’t cheap so I’m happy to have the ad’s there to help with the expenses.

This is a nice idea and if the take-up is sufficient then it will be a useful addition to family history.