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18 Folgate Street: The Tale of a House in Spitalfields

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Introduction by Peter Ackroyd.

An enchanted time capsule transports us back to the 18th century and brings an old house to life.

Growing up in California, Dennis Severs fell in love with the England he saw in old black and white movies. In 1979 he bought a run-down house in Spitalfields and over the next twenty years he filled it with objects and furniture found in local mar
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Hardcover, 286 pages
Published November 5th 2002 by Chatto and Windus (first published 2001)
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Rob
Oct 05, 2011 Rob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is tricky to review, being as it is a book about a specific house in a specific part of London, owned by the author. I received it as a complementary gift to a tour of Dennis Severs house. As such, it is a good accompaniment, taking one on a tour of the building and the fictional history of the family he makes you believe once lived there. Severs was clearly a bona fide eccentric, and his eloquent but ever-so-slightly-barking prose makes you wish that he was still conducting the tours himse ...more
Jenny
Dec 26, 2013 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read. The book is a mixture of historical facts and descriptions of the feelings the author wants you to have when you are actually visiting the house. Some of the things written about are based in fact but others are not. Good for creating an impression of what it might have been like to live in the house during different historical periods. I picked up some new information and there were things I had not really thought about before too.
Graceann
Apr 01, 2010 Graceann rated it liked it
Recommends it for: history buffs, anglophiles
Shelves: memoir, history
The book is structured in a way so that you find out how Dennis Severs came to own it, and you read the tour he offered. The conceit is that he created a family, the Gervais (later Jervis) family, and as you travel through the rooms, you gain the feeling that the occupants only recently vacated them. Candles are still burning, food is still on the plates.

The problem I had with the text itself is that Severs was so in love with the sound of his own voice that he continually takes you outside of
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