Highgate home where Pink Floyd formed on sale

It was the Highgate home where a young Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and Nick Mason formed Pink Floyd and developed the psychedelic sounds of the 1960s.

Now the Victorian house, in Stanhope Gardens, is due to be sold at auction with a �1.2million guide price.

The three-storey house was owned by their former college tutor and landlord Mike Leonard, inspiring the once transitory band name Leonard’s Lodgers. Leonard died earlier this year.

In September 1963 bassist and vocalist Roger Waters and the band’s drummer Nick Mason moved to the property.

It is understood that by 1965 every member of the original Pink Floyd line-up had moved in.


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Landlord Leonard, a light-show pioneer, worked closely with Pink Floyd in the mid-1960s creating lysergic effects that complimented their psychedelic sound.

In 1968 Pink Floyd also appeared on the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World with Leonard demonstrating light and sound experiments at Stanhope Gardens.

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It is believed this may be the last footage filmed with Syd Barrett in the band.

The property, which needs total refurbishment, still retains several features which link it back to the 1960s including wood paneling, a sunken bath and several wall mirrors.

It also retains its musical links with a sizeable in-built speaker into the eaves of the roof on the top floor as well as a large xylophone and tambourine in the attic room.

The property is being sold by Savills Auctions on September 20 at The Millennium Hotel, in Mayfair, along with another house opposite the former home of Pink Floyd band members.

Christopher Coleman Smith, from Savills Auctions, said: “Besides the unique association with one of the 1970s most famous bands, it’s rare to find two family-sized houses in Highgate that both need complete refurbishment allowing buyers the chance to compose their own restoration work.”

The ground floor includes three rooms, a kitchen and bathroom with toilet, three additional rooms, bathroom and toilet on the first floor.

On the second floor there is a large front room, rear room, kitchen and access to the attic room. The property comes with a rear garden of approximately 80ft.

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