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Its Neighbours Bombed or Razed—the Last in a Row of Thames-Front Townhouses Heads to Auction

By LIZ LUCKING
Tue, Feb 21, 2023 8:39amGrey Clock 2 min

A unique riverside home in London with panoramic views of some of the city’s most famous landmarks is headed to auction on March 1.

The property, directly on the River Thames in Rotherhithe and overlooking Tower Bridge, The Shard and Canary Wharf, will go under the hammer with a guide price of £1.5 million (US$1.8 million) with estate agency Savills.

Today, the detached home, known locally as The Leaning Tower of Rotherhithe stands unusually isolated in jam-packed London, but that wasn’t always the case.

The industrial-style, waterfront residence was once part of a row of buildings, and is the last remaining after its neighbours were destroyed by bombs in World War II or sold off and demolished over the years, according to Savills.

As well as its streak of luck, its history also includes a stint as the office of Braithwaite & Dean, a barge company, and as the home of one of the infamous Mitford sisters. The sibling aristocrats became well-known for their contrary political views. The Times newspaper once described them as “Diana the Fascist; Jessica the Communist; Unity the Hitler-lover; Nancy the Novelist; Deborah the Duchess and Pamela the unobtrusive poultry connoisseur.”

It was Jessica, the Communist, who called this place home from 1937 to 1939, along with her husband, Esmond Romilly, Winston Churchill’s nephew.

The house “presents a rare opportunity to acquire a one-of-a-kind riverside property which is a well-known landmark in the local area,” Steven Morish of Savills Auctions said in a statement.

“Offering 180-degree uninterrupted views of many of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including Tower Bridge, and with approximately 2,131 square feet of accommodation over four floors, this is without doubt one of the most unique properties to come to auction in recent years,” he added.

The property, according to the listing, is a “complete blank canvas spread.”

The sellers have called the building home for 28 years, according to Savills. They reportedly first occupied the whole building, but now rent the top two floors and use the bottom two as a live/work space.



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