A Maryle­bone house with po­lit­i­cal his­tory

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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).

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