Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Restoration opportunity in East London


GeorgianProperty.com, the charitable estate agency run by the Georgian Group, is pleased to offer a four-storey brick townhouse in Cable Street, London E1. Dating from the late 1780s (see contemporary map, left) and listed Grade II, it forms part of an intact Georgian terrace that itself sits within an enclave of historic buildings that survived wartime bombing. The centrepiece is the superb Hawksmoor church of St George-in-the-East – there are direct views through to its magnificent tower across the small, secluded back garden.

The property, fresh on the market at £595,000, is next to the charming coachway entrance to the Mews, now a gated development and named Hawksmoor Mews in homage to one of the greatest of Georgian architects. Wilton's Music Hall, a wonderfully atmospheric venue, is a couple of hundred yards further west along Cable Street. And the street itself has an honoured place in the annals of British democracy, as the scene of famed resistance by Eastenders to Oswald Mosley's Blackshirts. Even now, the spread of affluence notwithstanding, there are easily-read traces of this earthy and richly-layered history.

Originally built for sea captains from the nearby London docks (now the home of News International), the house is unmodernised and presents an excellent restoration/investment opportunity and a rare opportunity to acquire a complete Georgian townhouse within very easy reach of The City, Canary Wharf and St Katharine Docks. A Docklands Light Railway station is within easy walking distance, as are local shops. Waitrose St Katharine Docks is a short distance away.   

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