London is a city filled with incredible history. Each building has seen many lives, as have the generations living within. It’s hard to track down what exactly those walls have seen, though, since all evidence tends leaves with its inhabitants.
By chance, there is one building that has remained a time capsule of the ages. Its architectural bones that were created over a hundred years ago are still intact, giving us a once-in-a-lifetime peek into a world from long, long ago…
Below is the Malplaquet House, one of the oldest mansions in London. It has been uninhabited since 1895, but that doesn’t mean the inside of this beautiful structure is lifeless.
The mansion is tucked away on a quiet street in the Mile End neighborhood of East London, one of the earliest suburban areas established there.
Brick walls and iron railings protect this house that’s stood the test of time. Upon viewing the outside, it is evidently a striking example of mid-18th-century architecture.
After undergoing a recent restoration, the mansion was returned to its former glory. Now, it acts as a treasure-trove of historic objects and details.
Built in 1741 by architect Thomas Andrews, Malplaquet House is described as one of the city’s “forgotten mansions.”
When it was first built, it was the home of a brewer named Harry Charrington. Later, in the mid-19th century, it was divided into individual lodgings.
In 1985, the property started to be used for storage, and no one has lived there since.
Some furnishings have been added more recently, but the home maintains all its original features, like the kitchen’s cast-iron cooker.
Built during the reign of George II, the mansion is a prime example of Georgian decor, including walls full of paintings.
This unique staircase has been intact since 1795.
The dining room on the raised ground floor runs the full depth of the house and still has the original floorboards, windows, and shutters.
A second, smaller dining room can be found on a lower floor.
The mansion boasts five bedrooms, all outfitted with antique details.
Also in the mansion: seven reception rooms, perfect for entertaining guests.
In the basement is a unique wine cellar, which used to be used to sell coal when the house was first built.
The jewel in the mansion’s crown is its garden, which includes several trees and plants and a 13-foot-high brick wall for privacy.
The reason for the restoration? The house recently went on the market, and it can be yours for just £2.95 million ($4.34 million).
Whoever restored this house did a great job of bringing it into the 21st century while honoring its important history.