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).

Those who restored the Malplaquet House did a great job of bringing it into the 21st century while honoring its past. But would people still stand by a home of historical importance if it was previously owned by a famous murderer?

From the outside, Maplecroft Mansion may look like your average Queen Anne Victorian home—a remembrance of historic architecture from centuries long ago. However, that beautiful exterior belies the dark history that took place within.

Located in the town of Fall River, Massachusetts, this home once belonged to none other than Lizzie Borden, who was famously accused of killing her father and step-mother with hatchets back in 1892. Now the house is for sale, but why would anyone want to buy it?

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Borden’s trial and subsequent acquittal are legendary amongst true-crime fanatics. As Rolling Stone‘s Elizabeth Yuko put it, Borden’s story was “one of the first trials in American history that both fueled and was fueled by major mass-market newspapers and magazines.”


Curious townspeople visited the murder scene and tampered with evidence. The only suspect, Borden gave inconsistent, morphine-slurred testimonies about her role—or lack thereof—in the crimes. Given much of this shaky evidence, the jury acquitted her.

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Years later, a movie called The Legend of Lizzie Borden, which starred Elizabeth Montgomery, fictionalized the trial. But why? Why did a murder trial that ended in acquittal capture the attention of so many people? A staff reporter shared her thoughts on the case’s fame with Rolling Stone

“Our proper Victorian ancestors couldn’t fathom that someone among the upper class—especially a woman—could commit such a heinous crime,” said journalist Deborah Allard of the local Herald News.

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 Obviously, the details of the murders of Borden’s father, Andrew Borden, and her stepmother, Abby Durfee Grey Borden, were quite grisly. Nevertheless, after the trial concluded, Borden came into some wealth—namely her father’s estate—which she used to purchase Maplecroft Mansion.

The million-dollar—or should we say, $699,000—question is: was this mansion home initially bought with blood money? Since the residence was put up for sale, the details of Borden’s time there have once again been placed under the microscope.

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Any prospective owner should be sure to understand what they’re buying. But after taking one look inside the property, one might say that whatever history was attached to this house might not even matter…

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The house has been restored since the Bordens owned it and has served as a private residence to other families. The realtors at the listing agency even noted that it would make an excellent bed and breakfast—all of the furnishings are included with the sale!

Even better? The murders forever attached to the Borden name didn’t occur at this residence, so the future buyer is (hopefully) safe from all manner of ghosts, ghouls, and apparitions. Still, Maplecroft Mansion itself is not without its own controversy.

After Borden’s infamous acquittal in 1893 and subsequent purchase of the Maplecroft Mansion with money that may or may not have been tainted, a few article-worthy controversies and whispers spread…

The New York Times, for instance, couldn’t help but raise a few questions about the Borden sisters. In a September 10, 1893, article, one writer critically noted that they weren’t wearing black in remembrance of their father… even though it’d only been one year after the murders.

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Still, the press wasn’t all bad. After Borden and her sister moved into the 4,000-square-foot residence, The New York Times also wrote, on September 24, 1893, “The orphans have shaken from their pretense surroundings that must have been a nightmare for them … And they are at last living in a style becoming to their means…”

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Regardless, the knowledge of this home’s history cannot be erased by any of the chandeliers or six fireplaces, although the beautiful walnut wainscoting and parquet flooring might help to assuage some concerns.

And if something in a home buyer’s subconscious still turns them away from a house followed by a controversial history, maybe a view of the master bedrooms might change their mind. There’s plenty of room for activities, for instance.

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After taking a visual tour through all the rooms of the house, it’s obvious the realtors see the history of this property as its real selling point, given how many framed pictures of Lizzie Borden are scattered about.

You know you’re in a top-notch dream home home when even the staircase screams aristocracy. With (another) picture of Lizzie Borden, a crystal chandelier, and eccentric running carpets, it’s as eye-popping as the fully furnished living room!

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 Originally, the house itself was listed for $799,999, but not long after posting, it fell to $699,999. That could be a bargain, depending on your view of the murders—and whether or not you want to chance waking up to the tune of that creepy Lizzie Borden nursery rhyme.

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So what do you think? Is this house worth the price tag? Or does its association and history scare you away? Whatever your feelings, you can’t deny that Lizzie Borden certainly had great taste in real estate!

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