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The London home that inspired one of the world's best-known books is for sale

House Beautiful (UK) logo House Beautiful (UK) 20/11/2018 Natalie Cornish
a bench in front of a brick building: A three-bedroom Grade-II listed Georgian property, that inspired Charles Dickens to write one of the world's best-known books is on the market for £2.15 million. Take a tour at Housebeautiful.com/uk. © Acorn & Galliard Homes A three-bedroom Grade-II listed Georgian property, that inspired Charles Dickens to write one of the world's best-known books is on the market for £2.15 million. Take a tour at Housebeautiful.com/uk.

As literary homes go, this historic three-bedroom property near the river Thames is one of the most impressive. And it's up for sale for £2.15 million..

Built in 1732 for a wealthy tanning merchant, the Georgian townhouse is amongst the oldest on London's Southbank. English Heritage say the Grade-II listed home, which sits at 148 Long Lane in Bermondsey, is one of the earliest and most important examples of preserved Georgian architecture in the area. Strong literary ties make the 2,282 sq ft house even more desirable. 

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Josiah Fogden, who ran Spillery’s Flour Mill and Bakery on Long Lane, lived in the townhouse's twin property at number 146. He inspired Charles Dickens' 1854 novel Hard Times which features Josiah Bounderby – a mill owner in the fictional Coketown.

Dickens was clearly captivated by the history of the area. He lodged on Lant Street, which is just a street or two from the Long Lane townhouses, whilst writing his 10th novel. Although fictional, Hard Times draws on the lives of the wealthy London factory owners and their employees.

a room filled with furniture and a fireplace: Charles Dickens house © Grant Frazer Charles Dickens house

The factories behind the twin townhouses have since been demolished to provide private gardens. More recently the properties operated as architects' practices, until developers Acorn and Galliard Homes began an ambitious restoration.

146 Long Lane has since sold off-plan. Now, 148 is up for sale through Galliard Homes.

a room filled with furniture and a large window: Charles Dickens house © Grant Frazer Charles Dickens house Inside you'll find an abundance of period features, including the original fireplace with tanning yard carvings, Georgian wall panelling and large arched sash-windows. 

Contemporary touches come with beautiful interior styling using bold colours and feature furniture – all of which is included in the sale price.

A modern kitchen, stone paved terraced garden, roof terrace, dining room and master bedroom suite on its own private floor with views of the leafy street below provide plenty of space for a book lover to indulge their favourite pastime.

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a large brick building: Charles Dickens house

Charles Dickens house
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