A Marylebone house with political history
Built in 1805 as a home for artisans, this house in Marylebone has a chequered history, writes Isabelle Fraser.
Down the road is the pub in which the Cato Street conspirators – disgruntled about economic depression and the Peterloo Massacre – met in 1820 to plot the murder of prime minister Lord Liverpool and his Cabinet.
In the Molyneux Street meeting on February 22, they planned to exploit the death of King George III less than a month earlier to overthrow the government, behead the Cabinet and display two heads on Westminster Bridge. The plan failed after it was foiled by a police spy in the gang.
Minutes from chic Marylebone High Street and close to transport links and Hyde Park, the street of Georgian houses has seen quite a transition since the dark days of anti-government plotting in backstreet pubs.
The Grade II listed family home has been completed refurbished and modernised by owner and interior designer Lesley Kingsbury.
The living room opens out into an elegant sitting room with parquet flooring, fireplace and a terrace at the back.
The master bedroom has silk Chinoiserie wallpaper and a walkin closet, while skylights flood the top-floor bedrooms with light.
The basement has been opened out, creating a slick kitchen/dining room with bi-fold doors that lead out to a small courtyard with a lush living wall of ferns.
The house is on the market for £3.295 million with Rokstone (020 7580 2030; rokstone.com).