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‘Home is where one starts from’: an apartment in the mansion block once home to T.S. Eliot

PUBLISHED: 11:36 07 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:39 07 August 2017

T.S. Eliot in his home at Crawford Mansions

T.S. Eliot in his home at Crawford Mansions

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A two bedroom flat is on the market in Crawford Mansions, the green-plaque mansion block formerly home to Nobel Prize winner, T.S. Eliot.

Crawford Mansions boasts a green plaque, awarded by Westminster City Council to mark the special status of T.S. Eliot's former home Crawford Mansions boasts a green plaque, awarded by Westminster City Council to mark the special status of T.S. Eliot's former home

A two bedroom apartment in the mansion block home to poet and Nobel Prize winner T.S. Eliot is on the market for under £1 million.

The five storey residence was awarded a green plaque by Westminster City Council having played host to Eliot and his wife, Vivienne from 1916, where the couple moved after Eliot wrote his famous ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’.

The 714 sq ft apartment is located in-between Edgware Road and Marylebone Road, now a highly sought after address, but back in the period immediately following the First World War, Vivienne described it as “the tiniest place imaginable” and complained of the noisy slums and public house (now the Larrik) which surrounded it.

An American-born British citizen, T.S. Eliot was something of a local, having worked at Highgate School where he taught French and Latin to a young Sir John Betjeman, Poet Laureate from 1972.

The two bedroom apartment features a bright, separate kitchen and reception room as well as a 27 sq ft balcony The two bedroom apartment features a bright, separate kitchen and reception room as well as a 27 sq ft balcony

The home boasts a family bathroom, bright reception room with separate kitchen and access to a balcony and would be perfect for an urban couple or those looking for a London-based pied-a-terre, as Eliot himself used the flat after he and Vivienne relocated to Buckinghamshire in 1918. They moved again to Clarence Gardens in Regents Park in 1920.

Martin Bikhit, managing director of Kay & Co commented: “This lovely apartment provides a rare opportunity to live in a period building which is steeped in history. Historic buildings, particularly those with commemorative plaques, are very desirable as people love the fact that their home has a fascinating past and famous notable residents.”

House hunters looking for a period apartment with slice of history and a literary twist would be right at home in Crawford Mansions, after all in the words of T.S. Eliot himself, “home is where one starts from.”

Crawford Mansions is on the market for £995,000 with Kay & Co, 020 7262 2030

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