Uxbridge Gazette - - Property Talk -

We have a long tra­di­tion of look­ing at ru­ral Eng­land through rose tinted glasses. It’s easy to un­der­stand why, as ur­ban res­i­dents dodge park­ing tick­ets and be­moan pol­lu­tion.

The same was hap­pen­ing dur­ing the late 19th cen­tury and with po­ets like AE Hous­man.

His most fa­mous work, A Shropshire Lad, is a cy­cle of more than 60 po­ems writ­ten while he was liv­ing and work­ing in Lon­don as an aca­demic.

It has been con­tin­u­ously in print since it was self­pub­lished in 1896. Writ­ten be­fore he had even vis­ited Shropshire, the po­ems ap­pealed hugely to soot-soaked Vic­to­ri­ans and Ed­war­dians.

Hous­man wrote the stan­zas while liv­ing in the north Lon­don sub­urb of Hamp­stead Vil­lage in a sub­stan­tial prop­erty that was the first of his for­mer homes to get a Blue Plaque.

By­ron Cot­tage is now for sale. He lived at the ad­dress be­tween 1885 and 1905 while study­ing and work­ing at Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don.

It’s been mod­ernised, but Hous­man would recog­nise its lay­out, which in­cludes five bed­rooms, three bath­rooms, a kitchen/diner and many pe­riod fea­tures.

“The ad­di­tion of the blue plaque and the his­tory sur­round­ing Hous­man and his time at the prop­erty re­ally adds an ele­ment of pres­tige,” says agent James Di­a­per.

It’s for sale through Sav­ills (020 7472 5000) for £2.5m.

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