The first night of the Blitz, which saw German bombs hit London and other UK cities, took place eighty years ago this September. Despite the horror and destruction caused in this sombre period, much of London’s beautiful architecture remained undamaged and there were some lucky escapes.
One of the homes fortunate enough not to have been damaged after a bomb was dropped on its road, is a beautiful five-bedroom Victorian home on Girdlers Road, close to St Paul’s Girls’ School on Brook Green is on the market with Finlay Brewer for £3.8m.
On 7 September 1940 at 5:30pm London was first hit by the bombers of the Blitz. Thanks to the hand typed records kept by the London Fire Brigade from the time, we have a definitive account of every street in London that was bombed and the times that they hit.
These records show that beautiful Girdlers Road, set between Kensington Olympia and Hammersmith, was hit on the first night of the Blitz at 8:39pm. The bomb damaged the pavement, the road, a four-inch gas main and part of a home on the road, but thankfully no one was hurt in the attack.
Remarkably the substantial semi-detached five-bedroom home on Girdlers Road, on the market with Finlay Brewer was untouched and undamaged.
The 3,400sq ft Victorian house is set across four floors and has two floors of beautiful living / entertaining space, as well as two floors of bedrooms.
In addition, the home also boasts a large kitchen / family room, four bathrooms and a large formal reception room with a double height wall of glass windows that overlooks the secluded 27’ wide garden, which features mature greenery and decking. The home also has another additional reception room, ideal as a study for working from home.
Paul Cosgrove, Director at Finlay Brewer said, “This well-presented Victorian home, has a truly remarkable history. With so many beautiful homes destroyed in this terrible time for the capital city, it is extraordinary to hear of lucky escapes like Girdlers Road.
“Having been beautifully designed and styled, the home has so much going for it. The overall cubic space, high ceilings, extra width, and period features really gives it a great feel throughout. For those looking for a tranquil yet impressive home, with excellent transport links and schools nearby, this is the home for them.”
Girdlers Road is a six-minute walk from Kensington Olympia Station (Overground and District line) and an 11-minute walk to Hammersmith Station (District line, Piccadilly line, Hammersmith & City line and Circle line). Nearby, St Paul’s Girls School and Larmenier & Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School are both rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.