A ‘Love Song’ to a London apartment
Tucked away in a side street off the Old Marylebone Road sits a charming five-storey house with a poetic past, writes Alexander Hurst.
Crawford Mansions, a pretty dwelling with deep-red bricks, is the former home of TS Eliot, and a green plaque from the City of Westminster commemorates the poet’s residence here.
Eliot lived on Crawford Street from 1916 to 1918, with his new wife Vivienne Haigh-Wood, shortly after writing “The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock”. His pamphlet Prufrock and Other Observations was published during his time in this home. He continued to use the flat as a pied-à-terre after moving to Buckinghamshire, until the couple moved to Regent’s Park in 1920.
Surrounded by “slums and low streets and poor shops”, the area was not considered fashionable at the time. Vivienne complained about the place being noisy and “the tiniest place imaginable”.
Not so today. The house sits in a highly desirable location, sandwiched between Paddington Station and Marylebone, near Hyde Park.
A two-bedroom apartment in Crawford Mansions is now on the market. Martin Bikhit, managing director of Kay & Co, says historic buildings “are desirable as people love the fact that their home has a fascinating past and famous notable residents”.
The flat has been finished to a modern standard and has 714 sq ft of space, including a balcony. It is on the market for £995,000 with Kay & Co (020 7262 2030; kayandco.com).