December 3, 2018

10 Hyde Park Place: See How the Facade of London’s Smallest House Was Changed During More Than 100 Years

Located at No.10, Hyde Park Place, a street off the Bayswater Road near Lancaster Gate Tube Station, this house alleged to be the smallest one in London. With the ground floor consisting of nothing more than an alleyway behind the front door and the first floor just a tiny bathroom.


Squeezed between two other buildings this house is 3 feet 6 inches (about one meter) wide. It was built in 1805, and was damaged by a bomb in 1941. Mr. Lewis Grant Wallace was the first and only tenant. One theory for its existence is that it blocked a public right of way to serve as a watch house overlooking the old St George’s graveyard - extremely popular with bodysnatchers in the 18th century!

The building is now occupied by nuns as part of Tyburn Convent, where it remains today. It kept its original appearance until recent times, when the facade was rebuilt in red brick.

ca. 1905

1909 (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

ca. 1926-27

1928 (Image © Mary Evans Picture Library)

1931 (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)

1933 (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

ca. 1960s (via NEN Gallery)

1966 (Image © Illustrated London News Group. Image created courtesy of The British Library Board)

1981 (via Tim@SW2008)

2010

2016 (Photo by Dorota Dylka)

2018 (Photo by Matt Brown)





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