Leading City estate agent Frank Harris & Co. is marketing a rare freehold house in Cloth Fair, one of London’s most historic streets. The property falls within the Smithfield conservation area and has a beautiful south-facing terrace that overlooks St Bartholomew the Great, London’s oldest church.
The church was founded as an Augustine Priory and has been in continuous use since at least 1143. Until 1910, Cloth Fair stood within the walls of the church and the gates were locked every night. These walls are given as the reason why the church and the houses in Cloth Fair were able to survive the Great Fire of London in 1666.
Only one of those houses, 41 Cloth Fair, remains. Built between 1597 and 1614 it is the City’s oldest house and the only one to pre-date the Great Fire. The rest of the street’s houses were demolished in the 1920s.
Cloth Fair’s name dates back to medieval times; it was the place merchants gathered to buy cloth during the Bartholomew Fair. This was one of London’s pre-eminent summer fairs, taking place on 24 August every year from 1133 until 1855. As well as being a trading event, it was also a pleasure fair featuring side shows such as musicians, acrobats, freaks and wild animals.
The house is arranged over four floors and includes a modern fitted kitchen, three/four bedrooms, two bathrooms, generous entertaining space, and covered secure parking that can accommodate two cars.
The third floor reception room is currently used as a lounge but was designed with an alternative use in mind as a master bedroom with terrace and adjacent private bathroom. The house also benefits from gas central heating, air conditioning on the top three floors, entry phone and alarm system.
“Freehold houses in the City of London are few and far between and this one is situated in a location with a fascinating history. The excellent living space and south-facing terrace overlooking the church makes this a hugely attractive family property.”