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Dennis Severs' House, London

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Dennis Severs' House in Folgate Street is a "still-life drama" created by the previous owner as a "historical imagination" of what life would have been like inside for a family of Huguenot silk weavers. It is a Grade II listed Georgian terraced house in Spitalfields, London, England. From 1979 to 1999 it was lived in by Dennis Severs, who gradually recreated the rooms as a time capsule in the style of former centuries. It is now open to the public.
The house is on the south side of Folgate Street, and dates from approximately 1724. It is one of a terrace of houses (Nos 6-18) built of brown brick with red brick dressings, over four storeys and with a basement. The listing for the house, compiled in 1950, describes No 18 as having a painted facade, and that the first floor frames are enriched with a trellis pattern.
Dennis Severs was drawn to London by what he called "English light", and made his home in the dilapidated property in Folgate Street in 1979. This area of the East End of London, next to Spitalfields Market, had become very run-down, and artists had started to move in. Bohemian visual artists Gilbert & George added to the flavour of the neighbourhood; resident there since the late 1960s, they also refurbished a similar house.
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  • We went to this house at 5.00 today, having been recommended by a friend. Check their website for opening times. The house is lit by candles and the visit is made in silence to retain the atmosphere.....  more »
  • Enjoyed it very much - incredibly atmospheric. Really carefully managed to enable guests to walk around alone or in very small groups. The lighting (or lack of it) added greatly to creating what felt....  more »
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  • There is nothing else like it! A journey back in time inside this wonderfully atmospheric old house. You will hear voices, experience sounds and smells, but never quite get to glimpse the occupants. But you will feel that they are there, sometimes having just left a room before you enter, as evidenced by the half eaten meal left on the table and the glass of wine nearby. An experience not to be missed!
  • Great experience, strongly recommend. Book before arriving as they only take a set number of people at a time. Check hours per day as someone still lives in the building and viewings are scheduled around him (which is one of the many crazy things linked to this experience).

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