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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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  • This was a fantastic experience. Take your time to savour each room and think of the family that were living here. Loved the fact that it showed not just the times when finances were good but also whe...  more »
  • This is preserved as it was in the 1800s. Tours are in silence with just some relevant sounds in the background. Detail is totally authentic. A genuine trip into a former world with a select group of ...  more »
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  • Very unusual and unique experience! Total silence adds to the impression. I guess the initial idea of a sensory attraction fully fulfills. The place is rather interesting than beautiful, but definitely worth visiting. The staff is absolutely professional and polite. Overall - great! I recommend booking in advance of course, and after your visit don't forget to pop into the nearby pub)))
  • Probably one of the most interesting experiences in London in my opinion. Transfer yourself back in time several hundred years to see how people might have lived in different times. See the age appropriate decorations all lit by candlelight. Look closely to see more details as it is quite amazing.
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