QUIZ 1

Who lived at ...?
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1) 221B Baker Street was the fictional address of Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson and Mrs Hudson. [next answer] When Conan Doyle wrote the stories 221 did not exist - Baker Street north of Marylebone Road was Upper Baker Street. Many attempts have been made to identify the house using clues from the stories. 221 is now included in the Abbey National building. There is a small plaque and in the corner window a copy of the statue of Holmes which was set up outside Baker Street Station. Someone in the Abbey National office has to answer correspondence sent to Sherlock Holmes! To get a better idea of the style of Holmes' house have a look at number 239 which has been made into a Sherlock Holmes Museum.
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Regent's Park Walk]

2) Mr Lawson Johnson who manufactured and sold Bovril ! (beef extract). [next answer] Its correct name is Kingswood House but when it was reconstructed in the 1870s its castellated features earned it the nickname. Its grounds were sold after WWII and used to build a housing estate although there is a rose garden dedicated to J F Kennedy. The house is now in community use for meetings etc and houses a public library. The children's department is in the former billiard room. Telephone 020 8761 7239 for opening times.
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Dulwich walk]

3) The musician and composer George Frederick Handel lived and died at 25 Brook Street. [next answer] It opened as a museum in November 2001.
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Mayfair walk]

4) Author Charles Dickens lived at 1 Devonshire Terrace from 1839 to 1851. [next answer] The house was demolished in 1959 for an office block in which a bas-relief commemorates his residence. The only London home of Dickens still standing is 48 Doughty Street which now houses the Dickens Museum.
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Dickens website]

5) After the 1780s 9 Fleet Market was the address given by prisoners in the Fleet. [next answer] In 1819 there were 240 - 250 inmates with their families.
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Crime & Punishment Walk] [Behind Bars Article]

6) Until his death in 1999 18 Folgate Street was owned and occupied by Dennis Severs who re-created the rooms as they would have been at different times during its past. [next answer] The house was at one time the home of Hugenots fleeing religious percecution on the continent. Many were skilled silk weavers and their looms were set up in the top floor of their houses where the light was best. The prosperity of the area declined in the 19th century and the house would have been let to several families. Many of these Georgian properties are now being renovated and are very sought after. It is possible to visit 18 Folgate Street and enjoy the 'experience' - recommended but do not wear your best clothes as it can be rather smoky !
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Spitalfields walk]

7) 12 Holland Park Road was built for the artist Frederick Lord Leighton by George Aitchison in the 1860s. [next answer] Its reception rooms include a striking Arab Hall decorated with Islamic tiles. There is a large studio on the first floor but only one plain bedroom. Leighton never married and although he entertained obviously did not encourage overnight guests ! The house is open to the public and displays paintings by Leighton and others.
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Holland Park Walk]

8) The Holme was built by the 18 year old Decimus Burton for his father James (also an architect). [next answer] John Nash's plans for Regent's Park included some 50 such villas but only 8 were built and most have since been lost. The garden is occasionally open to the public.
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Regent's Park Walk]

9) 12 Westwood Hill was the boyhood home of the Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton (1874 - 1922). [next answer] It is a large house but Shackleton's father Henry practised as a GP from there and the family consisted of 2 sons and 8 daughters as well as servants.
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Sydenham Common Walk]

10) 12 Willow Road was designed, with the 2 adjoining houses, as his home by Erno Goldfinger in 1939. It is now owned by the National Trust and is open for tours at certain times.
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Hampstead Walk] [National Trust in London]

 

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