‘Rare’ townhouse in the oldest surviving terrace in London goes on sale for £2.5million

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  • October 31, 2020
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A home in a terrace that has held strong through the plague, the Great Fire, and two world wars is now on sale for offers above £2.5million.

Number 54 on Newington Green, Islington, is part of the oldest surviving terrace in London, having been built back in 1658 – possibly by Thomas Pidcock.

It’s one of four Grade I listed homes on the terrace, which was restored back in the eighties by English Heritage, and offers a rare chance to own a property with such a rich history.

The terrace has been described as ‘an early example, and possibly prototype, of formal, terraced, London town housing’, and English Heritage has called the houses ‘extremely rare’.

A report said: ‘These houses are extremely rare survivals of pre-Restoration and pre-Great Fire town houses, and are thus one of the most remarkable groups of seventeenth-century buildings in London.’

Number 54’s most well-known former resident is Dr Richard Price, a philosopher who had guests at the home including Benjamin Franklin and John Adams.

Mary Wollstonecraft – a prominent feminist writer and the mum of Mary Shelley – also visited.

Beyond its remarkable history, the house itself is pretty special.

Sitting across six storeys, the red-brick house spans 3,700 sq ft.

Inside is a staircase from the early 18th century, which runs from the basement to the top floor.

The lowest level is the cellar, which offers plenty of storage, then on the lower ground floor is a utility room.

Go up to the ground floor and you’ll find the kitchen, with bespoke hard wood units and Gagganau appliances, and a large drawing room, which overlooks the green.

On the first floor is another drawing room, and the first bedroom – there are six bedrooms in total, with the others spread across the third and fourth floor.

In terms of outdoor space, there’s a private garden to the rear.

Knight Frank, who are selling the property, said: ‘A rare opportunity to acquire this stunning Grade I listed house, offering 3,700 sq ft of accommodation over six floors.

‘Built in 1658, 54 Newington Green forms part of the earliest surviving brick built terrace in London and is of great historic importance.

‘The property has been recently refreshed and strikes a balance between its period features and contemporary living.’

H/T Evening Standard.

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