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Leading luxury London estate agent, Kay & Co is proud to offer a two bedroom apartment within the historic Crawford Mansions, the former home of poet and playwright, TS Eliot, who moved into the building with his wife, Vivien in 1916.

The couple moved into the apartment shortly after the American poet and playwright wrote ‘The love song of J Alfred Prufrock’, the poem that made him famous. An enviable location by today’s standards, the address was not so attractive in the early 20th century. Sat in the triangle between the Edgware Road and Marylebone Road, it was surrounded by “slums and low streets and poor shops”. The residence was noisy and in Vivienne’s own words: “the tiniest place imaginable”.

At the time, Crawford Mansions was a newly built, five-storey residence that boasted “every modern convenience”, including constant hot water, a great luxury at the time. At the time, Eliot was working as a teacher at Highgate School where he taught a young John Betjeman (he who would later recite a poem from the roof of Marble Arch). He also wrote book reviews and lectured in the evenings at University College London to earn extra money.

The couple moved to Buckinghamshire in 1918 but TS Eliot continued to commuter by train to London and use the flat as a pied a terre, until the couple moved to Clarence Gardens in Regents Park in 1920.

The two bedroom apartment has been finished to a modern standard and boasts 714 sq. ft. of space, two bedrooms, a family bathroom, reception room and a separate kitchen with access to a balcony. The apartment is priced at £995,000.

Martin Bikhit, Managing Director of Kay & Co commented: “This lovely apartment provides a rare opportunity to live in a period building which is steeped in history. Historic buildings, particularly those with commemorative plaques, are very desirable as people love the fact that their home has a fascinating past and famous notable residents.”

Crawford Mansions has been commemorated with a green plaque, which has been awarded by Westminster City Council. The scheme began in 1991, to ‘draw attention to particular buildings in Westminster associated with people of renown’ and today there are over 128 plaques across Westminster.

The apartment is priced at £995,000. For further information please contact Kay & Co on Tel: 020 7262 2030 or visit www.kayandco.com

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