Uncovering fashionable Georgian London in Vauxhall

23 Feb

What a charming building. Love the windows.

Past In The Present

Tucked away in Vauxhall down a poky alley behind the Zeitgeist at the Jolly Gardeners – London’s German pub – there are two small cottages that have stood the test of time. While much of Georgian heritage in the area has been swept away during the rapid urbanisation of the 19th century, these properties have survived. One is just a room deep and the lady who lives there pops her head out the door to tell us that is was built in 1710 or 1715. It was once one of a row of four cottages, but now just two survive – the other being larger and dating from the 1770s.

IMG_1017 Hidden 18th century cottages

Given that the area changed so much during Victorian times, with the construction of back-to-back terrace houses, factories, workhouses, ragged schools and other public buildings, it’s amazing the quirky properties survive. They hark back to before…

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