Historic Huguenot House

Princelet Street | London | E1

£5,000,000

For Sale

Historic  Huguenot House | Up to 5 bedrooms | Huge Self Contained Office Suite | Circa 4700 Sq ft

chris dyson architects house for sale in princelet street e1
A magnificent and historic, grade II listed Huguenot house in Spitalfields with an adjacent workshop and total floor area of circa 4,700 sq ft that’s been refined and re-imagined under the designful eye of its architect owner, Chris Dyson.

The unmistakable façades of Huguenot houses in Spitalfields never fail to draw admiring gazes from the throng of locals, tourists and history hunters who slide past on a daily basis. But it’s when you step inside these majestic Georgian gems that history really comes to life, and especially so when the owner is Chris Dyson, noted as a principle pioneer in the architectural renaissance of this pocket of London.

The property is currently configured as a three-storey house across the first, second and third floors, with a ground floor office space with and two-storey workshop to the rear with commercial use, and a self-contained apartment on the lower ground floor.

THE HOUSE
Heave open the bespoke, oversized front door on the right of the shop-style frontage and you’re straight into the period colour palette of the entrance hall. The walls have half-height panelling, while tongue & groove lines the stairs to the self-contained apartment on the replanned lower-ground floor.

First though, let’s take the original staircase that winds its way up and delivers you at two first floor rooms.

At the front, a refined formal reception room is elegantly styled and characterised with muted tones pairing beautifully with the symmetry of the space and generous ceiling height. Behind it, an opulent study pulls in light through an ornate rear window and could also be used as a bedroom.

Up on the second floor, you’ll find two rooms of roughly equal size and contrasting decor. To the front, a light-filled bedroom with two large sash windows commanding a southerly view over the street, while a decadent dressing room surveys views to the rear.

The family bathroom that shares this level has a sophisticated air with crisp white paint paired with a marbled floor and wall panelling.

Head one level higher and the top floor kitchen is a supremely sociable affair with its modern design a sharp contrast to the historic aesthetic of the rest of the house. Up here you feel truly surrounded by sky through south-facing louvred windows at the front, and bi-folding doors at rear that spill onto a private terrace. With its elevated position and open floor area, this level lends itself not only to memorable parties and gatherings, but also to a hideaway spot for enjoying quiet contemplation.

THE GROUND FLOOR AND WORKSHOP
The period shopfront-style exterior does more than just look nice; it provides the gateway to the ground floor of the main house that opens into the cavernous two-storey workshop conversion that sits behind it, all of which has Class E planning for the rear studio..

The left-hand street door opens into a ground floor room at the front with a serene Scandi-like atmosphere with beautifully panelled walls, limed floorboards and a gorgeous mantelpiece paired with soft, pastel paintwork.

The contrast between the commercial space and the rest of the house is arresting, with sharp, contemporary finishes everywhere across both levels. This practical, open-plan workspace of XX sq ft with floors covered in large glossy tiles that intensify the light pouring through the huge glass atrium crowning the top of the building.

A kitchen, shower room and WC boost the self-contained independence, although with the required planning consent, you can’t help feeling this would make an extraordinary addition if it were to be incorporated within the residential demise of the house.

OUT AND ABOUT
The immediate area conjures up every variant you can think of. From street food to haute cuisine, you can eat your way around the world within half a mile in any direction.

Countless galleries and independent stores display what’s hot right now in art and fashion, while coffee shops, bars and nightclubs cater to the late and early crowd.

Meanwhile, Brick Lane’s legendary market (at the end of the street no less) sparks into life at weekends, along with those at nearby Spitalfields and Columbia Road.

You can walk to the City in around ten minutes, or hop on a train at nearby Liverpool Street – now Britain’s busiest station – with four tubes (Central, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, and Circle), National Rail, Elizabeth Line, Overground, and Stansted Express.

 

The architectural history of Huguenot houses in Spitalfields can be traced back to the late 17th century when refugees fleeing religious persecution in their native France began to settle in the area.

Drawn by London’s burgeoning textile industry and reputation for religious tolerance, the Huguenots came with a wealth of skills and expertise in trades like silk weaving, lace making, and tailoring, which would soon become synonymous with the prosperity and vibrancy of Spitalfields.

One of the defining features of Huguenot houses in Spitalfields is their elegant Georgian architecture, characterised by symmetrical facades, sash windows, and ornate doorways. Built with meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship, they reflect the refined tastes and aspirations of their affluent occupants, with interiors adorned with intricate plasterwork, panelling, and decorative finishes.

Despite their uniform appearance from the outside, the interiors often feature innovative layouts and space-saving features that maximise living space within the confines of narrow urban plots. Winding staircases, hidden alcoves, cleverly designed storage solutions and multi-functional rooms highlight the ingenuity and adaptability of their architects and builders, and while this particular house may bear the hallmarks of classic Huguenot, it wasn’t always so.

The owner, Chris Dyson, is an architect and Huguenot specialist, and his historical research revealed that this was originally a home for a Huguenot clergyman, which explains the lack of weavers loft which is so typical of the style.

The substantial rear building, now a slick office, has always been a commercial space, and many have stored fruit and vegetables at some point given that traders from Spitalfields Market lived in these streets and we know that some neighbouring buildings were used for that purpose.

In other decades, the ground floor was used as a workshop and retail space.

After acquiring the house in 2006, Chris won planning consent and created a new weavers-style attic room which now houses the dining kitchen.

For a decade prior, the house was either empty or squatted, and many of the internal Georgian features were removed, with only the staircase remaining.

Undeterred, Chris embarked on one of the most ambitious restoration projects of all the Huguenot houses in Spitalfields, which took an entire year. With precise historic styling laid over brand new plumbing, electrics and insulation, the house is now a sumptuous home that’s full of Dickensian character and packed with contemporary upgrades for a uniquely evocative city lifestyle.

 

Princelet Street | london | E1

ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING

N/A

Energy rating

MATERIAL INFORMATION

Tenure:

Freehold

Service Charge:

NA

Ground Rent:

NA

Local Authority:

Tower Hamlets

Council Tax:

Band F £2420 Per Year Currently

Approx Monthly Utility Bills:

TBC

* Property construction: Traditional Brick

* Class E use rear studio.
* Utilities: Gas, Electricity, Water Supply, Broadband
* Gas Supply: Independently supplied
* Electricity supply: Independently supplied
* Water supply: Mains connected
* Sewerage: Mains connected
* Broadband: Standard Download speed – 22mps; Upload Speed: 1mps (Ultrafast is available)  https://checker.ofcom.org.uk
* Mobile signal/coverage: Likey coverage of all major networks  https://checker.ofcom.org.uk

* Restrictions: Conservation area,Grade II listed building status entry No. 1380050
* Flood risk: very low risk of surface water flooding, very low risk of flooding from rivers and the sea https://www.gov.uk/check-long-term-flood-risk
* Coalfield or mining area: Not affected
* Flight path: Heathrow/London City http://www.hacaneast.org.uk/flight-paths

[Area schedule measured on site by CD Architects]

Total

2,539sqft / 236m2 – Currently used as Commercial [currently occupied by office use ]

1442sqft / 134m2 – Currently used as Residential [occupied by Mr and Mrs Dyson]

 

This area is composed as the schedule below illustrates.

Basement

517sqft / 48m2 – Residential space for Isabella (Front House)

753sqft / 70m2 – Commercial (Rear Studio)

[16m2 – External Courtyard]

Ground Floor

517sqft / 48m2 – Commercial (Front House)

753sqft / 70m2 – Commercial (Rear Studio)

[7m2 – External Bridge]

First Floor

517sqft / 48m2 – Residential

Second Floor

517sqft / 48m2 – Residential

Third Floor

409sqft / 38m2 – Residential

[10m2 – External Terrace]

Total

2022sqft / 188m2 – Currently used as Commercial

1958sqft / 182m2 – Currently used as Residential

Grand Total of all above: 3,981sqft / 370m2

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