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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.
[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.
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.
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.
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
[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
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.
[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.
[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.
[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
[Hampstead Walk] [National Trust in London]
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