“ Addres: 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BX / Tel: +44 (0) 20 7247 4013 / Email: email@example.com / Web: www.dennissevershouse.co.uk / Dennis Severs' House, 18 Folgate Street - a Georgian terrace in Spitalfields, London - England defies a singular definition, having been described as a living museum, work of art, post-materialist project, or even a poetic interpretation of history. Dennis Severs was born in 1944 and from Southern California. His passion for what he called 'English light' drew him to London, and he made his home in the dilapidated property in 1979. His way of making a home was a unique and highly personal endeavour. He wrote, I worked inside out to create what turned out to be a collection of atmospheres: moods that harbour the light and the spirit of various ages. Each of the ten rooms in the house evokes its own period of history, brought alive through sight, smell, and a deliberate sense of precariousness, that work within 'the space between'. „
On a quite side street, five minutes from Liverpool station and two steps from Spitafields market there is a house lost in time. It?s ten rooms look as if their occupants left just a minute ago, despite the fact that they there Huguenot silk weavers who lived and died before the beginning of the 19th cent. This strange place is a brainchild of one man, Denis Severs, who bought the house and spent years of his life restoring it to that he thought, was it?s look during the lifetime of the original occupants. And make no mistake this is not your ordinary English Heritage or even National Trust house. When you walk through the entrance door you step back two hundred years. The food (and I mean REAL food) is still warm on the table, coals are simmering in the fireplace, you even hear coaches passing on the street and the cry of peddlers through the craftily hidden speakers. You don?t just walk through a dead museum - you feel it, smell it, hear it all as if you ARE transferred to another era. As you ascend the stairs from the kitchen to the servants? rooms in the attic, smells and the sounds change with you. From the warm smell of real burning fire in the front room to spiced oranges sweetening the drawing room. You smell the coffee boiling in the master bedroom on the next floor and notice the red lip paste, scooped in the mussel shell, and just left by the lady of the house on the side table. And finally ending in the attic you overwhelmed by the smell of poverty (damp, onions, and god knows that else) in the ragged rooms of the servants. Trust me on this, you won?t forget the experience. To make it complete, try to walk around as silent as possible, ignoring the over visitors (who usually find it very hard to be quiet) and the annoying A4 sheets scattered around the house, reminding you to be silent and ?to immerse yourself in the atmosphere?. Denis Severs house is on 18 Folgate St. and is open only twice a month: First Sunday till 18:0
0 (£7.50) and first Monday in the evening (£10, probably for the price of the candles?)
Opening times: Every Sunday afternoon. From 12-4pm, last admission at 3:15pm. No booking required. Monday lunchtimes. Following the 1st and 3rd Sundays. From 12-2pm, last admission at 1:15pm. No booking required. 'Silent Night' Monday. Twilight/evening visits. From 6-9pm, last booking at 8pm. Booking required. 'Silent Night' Wednesday. Twilight/evening visits. From the 1st October 31st March. From 6-9pm, last booking at 8pm. Booking required. A typical visit lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes a short introduction. 'Exclusive Silent Night'. On the last Thursday of every month at 7pm, with an option to include the exquisitely filmed BBC documentary on Dennis Severs' House or Dennis Severs' book '18 Folgate Street the tale of a house in Spitalfields'.