18 Folgate Street

The Life of a House in Spitalfields

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Publisher Description

Growing up in California, Dennis Severs fell in love with the England he saw in old black and white movies. At seventeen he came to London, looking for a home with a heart. In 1979 he found one, a run-down silk-weaver's house in Spitalfields, and over the next twenty years he transformed it into an enchanted time-capsule, transporting us back to the eighteenth century. From cellar to roof, he filled 18 Folgate Street with original objects and furniture, found in the local markets, lit by candles and chandeliers. More than that, he invented a family to live here, the Jervis family, Huguenot weavers who fled persecution in France in 1688, and bought the house in 1724. Sounds and scents bring their world to life, always just out of sight - floorboards creak, fires crackle, a kettle hisses on the hob. Visitors step through the frame of time, like entering an old master painting. As we move from room to room on a tour you will never forget, we follow the Jervis story from the days of the Georges and the Regency to harsher Victorian times - and even to the attic room of Scrooge himself.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2011
30 September
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House
SIZE
8.3
MB

Customer Reviews

B Cush ,

The Liberty of 18 Folgate Street

What could now be added to the immediate description and narrative provided in the book, is the wider view and context of the house when standing outside and looking at it and around from the opposite side of the street. The huge glass office edifices seen looming into the sky at the end of the narrow street completely add and contrast, in my opinion, to the atmosphere he has (re)created and written about in the book. I'd recommend anyone to read the book first, then make his physical journey to the house from wherever you are in the world, and then take your mind the rest of the way, and see...

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