A ‘Love Song’ to a Lon­don apart­ment

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - Cover Story -

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).

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